Taylor-Wilton Nelson Ltd. has been locally owned and operated since 1946, when Jack Taylor and Hedley Wilton partnered to create a much needed automotive parts store. The first Taylor & Wilton was located on Baker Street. When the business outgrew that location, Taylor & Wilton moved to the 500 block of Vernon Street. TWN shared this location with the bowling alley.
Jack Taylor bought Taylor & Wilton from Hedley Wilton and in 1967 built the store at 509 Front Street. When Jack Taylor was ready to retire he sold the business to Allan MacDonald and Roy Evans, who were both employees.
In 1975 Roy Evans sold his portion of the business to Allan and Mary MacDonald. Allan and Mary MacDonald ran the family owned business until 1999. Mary was the bookkeeper and Allan (Mac as everyone knew him) took care of the parts side of the store.
In 1999 TWN was bought by 4 employees: Brian, John, Randy and Ron. Ron left the partnership in 2001 and then there were 3.
Brian, John and Randy owned the business together. Brian and John were in the Nelson store. Randy ran the Salmo store until the fall of 2008. Al Colley took charge of the Salmo store until it was finally closed on November 30, 2010.
In 2004 the business at the Front Street location was bursting at the seams, the dreaded move was about to happen. Armed with staff, reps and family, TWN moved on June 1, 2004 to our current location of 624 Lakeside Drive. 14 years later, we are still going strong.
In 2008 Brian Peel became the sole owner of the company.
To this day Taylor-Wilton Nelson Ltd. still believes in treating our customers as if it was 1946. “Where everyone knows your name”, you get a friendly smile and a greeting when you walk in the door. We don’t just sell parts, we try to make your visit an adventure and the coffee is brewed fresh daily.
Brian started with TWN in September 1975 when he was still in high school. He moved to Nelson at the age of 10 and has been here ever since. Brian does know the business inside and out as he has done it all. His first position with TWN was cleaning the store, then to delivery driver, to shipper/receiver to counterman. In 2008 he became the sole owner of the company. Brian believes in treating people as he would like to be treated, that’s why the staff at TWN is happy. Customer service is not always a priority for some businesses but it is definitely a priority at Taylor-Wilton Nelson Ltd.
Al has been employed at TWN since September 2007. Al moved from Surrey, B.C. for a more low key way of life. Al has been in the automotive aftermarket since the early eighties, working in dealerships and warehousing such as Sealed Power and Clevite to name a few. Al’s co-workers like to call him Ron Jeremy. His specialty is older vehicles. If you are looking for parts that are difficult to find, Al is you man.
Ryan has been with TWN since August 2008. Originally from the Slocan Valley, Ryan has toured the world to eventually settle in Vancouver. Ryan wanted to return to the Kootenays, we were fortunate to have him come work with us. His high energy and excellent memory makes him a valued employee.
Mode has been with TWN since December 2014. Mode is a Nelson boy, born in Jasper Alberta but raised in Nelson. Mode’s background is mechanics and muffler repair. Mode owned his own shop but wanted a slower pace of life so he came to work for his high school buddy Brian. He doesn’t think this is a slower pace but working at TWN allows him to use his background to help our customers. Mode is one of the jokers in the group, his favorite line is “One Million Dollars!”.
Rod has been with TWN since July 2016. The new kid on the block, originally from Kelowna but has lived in Alberta for a number of years. He wanted to get back to B.C., lucky for us. Rod had worked as a counterman for 12 years in Brooks, AB, prior to joining our team. He is our in-house power sports enthusiast. If you are looking for power sports information, Rod is the man to see. If he can’t get it for you he will be able to point you on the right direction. Rod competes with Mode for the number one position as the TWN comic.
Crystal began with TWN March 2018. Originally from Victoria, Crystal has worked in Northern BC for a number of years and then moved to Castlegar BC. Although Crystal is new to TWN she is not new to the industry. Crystal has her Red Seal Journeyman Parts Person Certificate and has worked in the industry for more than 27 years. Crystal fits right in with the other staff. She has a quick wit and keeps the others on their toes. Crystal’s down time includes playing with her dog, tinkering on her hot rod and just being outdoors, camping, quading and there may be a little beer drinking in there as well.
Tyler has been with TWN since February 2011. Tyler does an excellent job as Shipper/Receiver. Tyler was raised in the Slocan Valley, after living in Vancouver for a while, he returned to his roots. Tyler’s background is mechanics and welding, along with his need to know. If freight goes missing you can trust Tyler to track it down.
Dorothy is the newest member to the TWN team and new to the area. She and her husband fell in love with the West Kootenays while on a camping trip with their children a few years ago. Although new to Nelson she has had a lot of driving experience in the lower mainland and Kelowna. Dorothy has a great sense of humour and is not afraid to throw a few digs around to the guys, when needed, of course. Dorothy loves to keep busy and is self-motivated, efficient, reliable and eager to learn new things. Dorothy enjoys chillin’ on facebook, relaxing on her property with a cold beer or two, and going for Sunday drives to explore the area she now calls home.
Jim is the newest member of the team, but not new to this area. Jim was not only born and raised in Nelson, he is also recently retired from Nelson Toyota after many years of being Parts Manager. Jim is a member of the Road Kings even though he does not admit he is a car enthusiast. Jim’s favorite leisure activity is playing with his grandchildren. Something most people do not know about Jim is that he coached a BC Telephone Operator’s softball team back in the 70s. The team’s name was Tels Turkeys, he was a great coach.
Mike has been with TWN since May 2015. Originally from Ontario, Mike moved to Nelson in 2014 to be closer to family. Mike is our out-of-town driver. He is also our back-up for in-town deliveries and Shipper/Receiver. Mike is an avid reader, gardener and recently has tried his hand at jam making from the abundance of fruit that his trees produced.
Orietta has been with TWN since July 2003. Born and raised in Nelson, Orietta is the glue that keeps the place together. She wears many hats and is Brian’s right hand woman. Orietta is the baker in the group. She bakes a cake for everyone’s birthday along with other treats throughout the year.
Sandra has been with TWN since April 2010. Born and raised in the Kootenays, Sandra enjoys her roll as Administrative Assistant and all things paperwork. Sandra is good with computers and a known animal lover.