Advance Auto Parts

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NYSEAAP
Industry Auto Parts Retail
Founded 1932
Headquarters Roanoke, VA, USA
Number of locations 4,000+
Key people John C. Brouillard
(Chairman of the Board)
Darren R. Jackson
(CEO) & (Director)
Mike Norona, EVP & CFO
Products Replacement automotive parts & accessories
Revenue Increase US$5.41 Billion (FY 2009)[1]
Operating income Increase US$454 Million (FY 2009)[1]
Net income Increase US$270 Million (FY 2009)[1]
Total assets Increase US$3.07 Billion (FY 2009)[2]
Total equity Increase US$1.28 Billion (FY 2009)[2]
Employees 55,000 - January 2009
Advance Auto Parts in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Advance Auto Parts, is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia,[3] and is now the largest retailer of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States [4] after acquiring CARQUEST in October 2013. AAP was founded in 1932 and had 2011 sales of approximately $6.2 billion. AAP operates over 3,800 stores in forty U.S. states and has over 55,000 employees.

In 2005, Advance Auto Parts purchased Autopart International, Inc. which operates 202 stores along the Atlantic Seaboard.

In 2013 AAP Purchased General Parts Inc. including CARQUEST, CARQUEST Canada and WorldPac for $2.04 Billion Dollars.


2006-2010 Chevrolet HHR used as the fleet vehicle of the company.

In 1932 Arthur Taubman purchased from Pep Boys, the Advance Stores, with two stores in Roanoke, Virginia and one in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The first major expansion of Advance Auto Parts was in 1998 when the company acquired the remaining operations of Western Auto, an auto parts and general store retailer. Most of the Western Auto operations had been taken over by Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1987.

In April 2001, Advance Auto Parts acquired Carport Auto Parts, a regional retail chain with 29 stores in Alabama and Mississippi. On November 28, Advance acquired 671 Discount Auto Parts, Inc., a regional auto parts chain in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Upon completion of this merger, Advance Auto Parts became a publicly traded company, listed as a common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AAP. The year ended with 2,484 stores in 38 states.

In July 2002, Advance Auto Parts received bankruptcy court approval to acquire 57 Trak Auto Parts Stores in northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and eastern Maryland.[5][6]

In Sep, 2006, Advance Auto Parts (NYSE:AAP) announced an agreement with ADMMicro, a VA-based company, to retrofit certain existing stores and equip new stores with an Energy Management System (EMS).[7]

Advance now operates 4,000 locations in 40 states including Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands using the following branded names: Advance Auto Parts, Advance Discount Auto Parts, and Western Auto (Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands).[citation needed]

Also, in 2010 Advance Auto Parts announced a deal with Monster Jam to become the title sponsor. The company sponsors a truck on the circuit called the Advance Auto Parts Grinder. As of the close of FY 2013, Advance has chosen not to renew ties with Monster Jam, and the Feld Organization.

On October 16th 2013, Advance Auto Parts entered into a definitive agreement to acquire General Parts International, Inc. (GPI), a leading privately held distributor and supplier of original equipment and aftermarket replacement products for commercial markets operating under the CARQUEST and WORLDPAC brands, in an all-cash transaction with an enterprise value of $2.04 billion. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors for both companies. The deal creates the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, with annual sales of more than $9.2 billion and more than 70,000 employees.


Advance Auto Parts is now the largest automotive aftermarket retailer in the United States based on sales and store count. The company premiered on the Fortune 500 list of companies in 2003 at No. 466 and has remained on the list since that time. As of January 2013, it was ranked at No. 1,615 on the Forbes magazine "World's Biggest Public Companies" list.

Advance has received numerous recognitions for charitable contributions. The company has been nationally recognized for its fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), having donated more than $20 million since 1994.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Advance Auto Parts (AAP) annual SEC income statement filing via Wikinvest
  2. ^ a b Advance Auto Parts (AAP) annual SEC balance sheet filing via Wikinvest
  3. ^ "About Us - History of Advance Auto Parts". Advance Auto Parts. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ Aftermarket Business Top 40
  5. ^ "Advance Auto Buys 55 Stores". The Roanoke Times. July 24, 2002. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Advance Auto Parts to Acquire Trak Auto Parts Stores in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Eastern Maryland Markets" (Press release). Advance Auto Parts. July 23, 2002. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "ADMMicro Installing Energy Saving System in Advance Auto Parts Stores". 

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