In 1978, Don founded NAPA Parts Place Inc. in Cheshire, Connecticut. Under Don’s leadership, with the support from a great team of employees and loyal customers, Parts Place grew throughout New Haven County with locations in Naugatuck, Milford, Branford, Cheshire, New Haven, and West Haven. In 2010, Don’s son Peter joined the business and they have worked side by side for the last decade.
For Don, it was never just about the parts or the repair side of the business. It was about relationships, one family business helping another and looking out for each other. Doing business with Don was always from the heart and it was about trust. If you spent time with Don, you know he loved talking to people. When you spoke with Don, he listened intently and asked tough questions. There was no problem he couldn’t solve and no topic where he held back his opinion. He was always the first person you called with a problem.
Don’s big heart and larger-than-life personality will be cherished and greatly missed. His son, Peter Cozzolino, will carry on his legacy and vision into the next generation.