Advance Auto Parts

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
IndustryAuto Parts Retail
FoundedApril 29, 1932; 91 years ago (1932-04-29)
FounderArthur Taubman
HeadquartersRaleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Number of locations
4,912 Advance Stores, 150 Worldpac branches and serves 1,250 independently owned Carquest branded stores (as of July 13, 2019)
Area served
United States
Key people
Jeffrey C. Smith
Chair, Board of Directors
Tom Greco (CEO, President)
Jeff Shepherd (CFO)
ProductsReplacement automotive parts & accessories
RevenueIncrease US$10.11 Billion (2020)[1]
Increase US$749.9 Million (2020)[2]
Increase US$493.02 Million (2020)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$11.84 Billion (2020)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$3.763 Billion (2020)[1]
OwnerInstitutional Owners[3]
    • Vanguard Group Inc
    • BlackRock Fund Advisors
    • Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss
    • State Street Corp
    • Starboard Value LP
Number of employees
68,000[4] (2020)
  • Autopart International
  • Carquest
    • Carquest Canada
  • WorldPac
    • WorldPac Canada
    • WorldPac Redline

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is an American automotive aftermarket parts provider. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, it serves both professional installer and do it yourself (DIY) customers. As of 2019, Advance operated 4,912 stores and 150 Worldpac branches in the United States and Canada. The company also serves 1,250 independently owned Carquest-branded stores in the U.S., Mexico, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and British Virgin Islands.

Retail strategy[edit]

The company retails various brand name, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and private label automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries and maintenance items for domestic and imported cars, vans, sport utility vehicles and light and heavy duty trucks.[citation needed] Advance Auto Parts shares are mainly held by institutional investors such as The Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street Corporation, and others.[5]


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

In April 1932, Arthur Taubman purchased the Advance Stores from Pep Boys, with two stores in Roanoke, Virginia, and one in Lynchburg, Virginia.[6] Advance premiered on the Fortune 500 list of companies in 2003 at No. 466. [7]

In January 2005, Advance was named the “Best Managed Company in America” in the retail sector by Forbes magazine.[8] As of July 2018, the corporation was ranked at No. 1,412 on the Forbes "World's Biggest Public Companies" list.[9] Advance ranked No. 326 on the 2019 Fortune 500 list.[7]


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.[10] Then, in April 2001, Advance Auto Parts acquired Carport Auto Parts, a regional retail chain with 29 stores in Alabama and Mississippi.[11] On November 28, Advance acquired Discount Auto Parts, Inc., a regional auto parts chain with 671 stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana.[12][13] 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.

Interior of an Advance Auto Parts store in Fairfax County, Virginia

In July 2002, Advance Auto Parts received bankruptcy court approval to acquire 57 Trak Auto stores in northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and eastern Maryland.[14][15] In December 2012, Advance Auto Parts acquired BWP Distributors—a Carquest franchise for the New England region—that included the transfer of 124 company owned retail locations plus 2 distribution centers.[16] The responsibility for 92 independently owned location that were service by BWP were transferred to General Parts, Inc., the largest Carquest franchise along with one distribution center for servicing those locations.

Advance Auto Parts entered into a definitive agreement to acquire General Parts International, Inc. (GPI), a privately held distributor and supplier of equipment and aftermarket replacement products for commercial markets operating under the Carquest and WorldPac brands on October 16, 2013.[17][18] The deal created the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America.[19] GPI, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, has seen a significant rise in personnel since being acquired by Advance.[20]

On September 30, 2015, Starboard Value LP, an activist investment firm disclosed they had taken a 3.7 percent stake in Advance Auto Parts.[21] On January 2, 2016, Darren Jackson resigned his position as CEO.[22] On April 4, 2016, Advance announced Frito-Lay North America CEO Tom Greco would succeed Jackson as CEO.

Advance stock declined throughout 2016 and 2017, but in 2018 Advance was the #4 top performing stock of the S&P 500[23] outperforming the aftermarket automotive parts industry by more than 30 percent.[24]

Advance and Walmart announced a partnership in October of that year that created an automotive specialty store on[25] In November 2018, Advance Auto Parts announced the relocation of its headquarters from Roanoke, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina. The state of North Carolina and Advance Auto Parts agreed on a $12 million incentive package, including tax breaks, for this relocation.[26]

On December 23, 2019, Advance Auto Parts announced its purchase of the DieHard battery brand from Sears in a $200 million, all-cash deal.[27] To promote the acquisition and availability of the brand at Advance and Carquest, the company hired Die Hard actor Bruce Willis to be part of a promotional film that was released during the 2020 holiday season.[28]

Advance Auto Parts purchased Baxter Auto Parts, a chain with 29 stores located in Oregon, Washington, and California in June 2021. The stores joined the Carquest brand that serves as Advance Auto Parts' brand in the Pacific states.[29]

Motorsport sponsorships[edit]

From 2009 to 2013, Advance Auto Parts was a title sponsor of Monster Jam and sponsored a truck on the circuit called the Advance Auto Parts Grinder. In 2023, Advance Auto Parts took over as the official sponsor of the checkered flag in IndyCar.[30] Advance Auto Parts has served as a sponsor in NASCAR, where it is the official auto parts retailer of the sanctioning body.[31]

The company sponsored the 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.[32] Advance became the title sponsor of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series in 2020.[31]


Advance Auto Parts has partnered in the past with racing teams as well, such as Alex Bowman, Tommy Baldwin Racing, and JR Motorsports.[33][34]

Advance became the primary sponsor of NHRA Funny Car driver Courtney Force, the winningest female Funny Car driver in the history, in December 2016. The agreement ran through the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons.[35] Force's sister, Brittany Force, driving her dragster was sponsored by Advance for the 2019 NHRA season.[36] Other past sponsorships include Team Penske (with driver Ryan Blaney) in NASCAR; and Josh Hart who represents Advance's TechNet Professional brand in the Top Fuel class of NHRA.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP) 10K Annual Reports & 10Q SEC Filings". Last10K.
  2. ^ "10-K Advance Auto Parts". Profitdent. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Annual Report | Advance Auto Parts".
  5. ^ "Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP) Ownership Summary".
  6. ^ "Advance Auto Parts Corporate Site – Service Is Our Best Part". Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Advance Auto Parts". Fortune. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "Advance Auto Parts Inc. – Investor Relations – Press Release". Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  9. ^ Bruce Adams, Search Aftermarket Business World. Published 4/25/17, pulled 8/17/18.
  10. ^ "Sears Is Selling Its Western Auto Supply Unit". Los Angeles Times. August 18, 1998.
  11. ^ "Carport will be sold to Advance Auto Parts". Tuscaloosa News. March 16, 2001. p. B7.
  12. ^ "Discount Auto May Lose 70 Stores; Advance Auto may close the stores as part of its merger". Lakeland Ledger. January 23, 2002. p. E1.
  13. ^ "Discount Auto shareholders approve Advance merger". Tampa Bay Business Journal. November 30, 2001.
  14. ^ "Advance Auto Buys 55 Stores". Roanoke Times. July 24, 2002. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  15. ^ "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. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  16. ^ "Advance Auto Parts Announces Closing of Acquisition of BWP Distributors". Reuters. December 31, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2014.
  17. ^ Snipes, Cameron (December 16, 2013). "Year in Review: Sloan sells Raleigh's General Parts for $2 billion". Triangle Business Journals.
  18. ^ Jaisinghani, Sagarika (October 16, 2013). "Advance Auto expands repair shop business with $2 billion buy". Reuters.
  19. ^ "Auto Parts Store". Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  20. ^ WRAL. "Advance Auto Parts to create 600 jobs in Raleigh". Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  21. ^ "Starboard takes stake in Advance Auto, urges changes". Reuters. September 30, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  22. ^ Amanda Hoyle (November 12, 2015). "Activist investor Starboard Value shakes up leadership at Advance Auto Parts, CEO Darren Jackson to step down – Triangle Business Journal". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  23. ^ Vena, Danny (January 18, 2019). "The 5 Top-Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2018 -". The Motley Fool. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  24. ^ "4 Reasons to Add Advance Auto Parts to Your Portfolio Now". December 28, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  25. ^ "Advance Auto Parts Inc. – Investor Relations – Press Release". Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  26. ^ N.C.), Zachery Eanes The News & Observer (Raleigh. "Advance Auto Parts receives $12M to relocate corporate HQ to Raleigh". The Courier-Tribune.
  27. ^ Thomas, Lauren (December 23, 2019). "Advance Auto Parts to buy DieHard brand from Sears for $200 million in cash deal". CNBC. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  28. ^ Adams, Peter (October 19, 2020). "Bruce Willis reprises 'Die Hard' role in Advance Auto Parts ads pushing DieHard batteries". Marketing Dive. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  29. ^ "Advance Expands Carquest Presence In Pacific Northwest". aftermarketNews. June 3, 2021. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  30. ^ "Advance Auto Parts To Sponsor Checkered Flag".
  31. ^ a b "Advance Auto Parts to sponsor NASCAR Weekly Series in multiyear agreement". NASCAR (Press release). June 10, 2020. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  32. ^ Menzer, Joe (January 18, 2017). "Advance Auto Parts steps up to sponsor Clash exhibition at Daytona". Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  33. ^ "Alex Bowman to Carry advance Auto Parts on the No. 7 Chevy SS at Kentucky Speedway for Quaker State 400". Tommy Baldwin Racing. July 1, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  34. ^ "JR Motorsports Welcomes Advance Auto Parts for 2016". JR Motorsports. February 15, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  35. ^ "Advance Auto Parts signs multi-year sponsor relationship to back Courtney Force". NHRA. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  36. ^ "NHRA: Brittany Force to assume her sister's Advance Auto Parts sponsorship". Retrieved May 3, 2019.

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