New shop in Walla Walla specializes in batteries, light bulbs

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The owners of a franchise specializing in batteries and light bulbs are shedding a little light on their new location in Walla Walla.

John Keegan and Doug Lanyon, owners of “Batteries Plus Bulbs” stores from Kennewick to Spokane, have expanded to Walla Walla.

The shop has opened at 632 S. Ninth Ave., the strip center next to Super 1 Foods, according to an announcement. Not just in time for the holidays, the opening comes just ahead of a phaseout of 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs, which will no longer be sold after the first of the year.

The operation offers access to more than 45,000 different types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories.

This is Keegan and Lanyon’s fifth store. One is in Idaho. The other four are in Washington, including the new one in Walla Walla.

“Washington has been wonderful to our business over the years, and we couldn’t be happier with the opportunity to expand our product expertise and services to the community of Walla Walla,” Lanyon said in a prepared statement. “We have watched the continued growth of our other four stores and we see the need for a Batteries Plus Bulbs here in Walla Walla, so we are looking forward to filling it.”

The store offers batteries for common devices such as watches, cars, digital cameras, laptops, cell/smartphones, and hard-to-find batteries for old toys and novelty or obscure electronic devices, the announcement explained. It assembles, tests, conditions and designs custom battery packs for rechargeable household and business-to-business products. Battery installation is offered, as is in-store recycling using EPA-approved methods for batteries, light bulbs and select portable devices.

The shop will also test batteries on vehicles, as well as the charging and starting systems free. Operators can recommend replacement batteries on cars, trucks, luxury or import vehicles and offer installation. Other automotive accessories available in-store include jumper cables, terminals, cleaners and more.

Equally diverse to the battery offerings is the selection of bulbs: common recessed lighting, track lighting, incandescent and LED options, highly-specialized bulbs for cars, health care equipment, aquariums, projectors and more. In-store specialists can recommend types of bulbs, and color temperature and brightness options based on the room or lighting application.

The store also serves businesses with needs for emergency lights, exit signs, parking lot lights, ceiling lights and vehicle lights. Account programs, volume discounts, on-site needs analyses, energy savings programs, online ordering, and delivery and recycling services are also available.

Batteries Plus Bulbs first opened in 1988 and has grown to more than 585 locations in 46 states and Puerto Rico. It is the nation’s largest franchise in the U.S.’s $30.7 billion battery replacement market and $17 billion light bulb market.

The company is owned by Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group, whose franchise portfolio also includes Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Seattle’s Best Coffee International, McAlister’s Deli, FASTSIGNS, Arby’s and many more.

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