Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Advance operates over 5,200 company-operated stores, over 100 WORLDPAC branches, and services approximately 1,325 independently owned CARQUEST branded stores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada.



Advance Auto Parts works hard to create an environment of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and dedication. Since our founding by Arthur Taubman in 1932, the Values haven’t changed.

  1. Inspire and build the self-confidence and success of every Team Member.
  2. Serve our customers better than anyone else – help them succeed.
  3. Grow the business and profitability with integrity.

By remaining dedicated to these Values, we have grown and prospered into the great company that we are today.

TimeLine 1930

1932Arthur Taubman purchases Advance Stores from Pep Boys, which consists of three stores: two in Roanoke, VA. and one in Lynchburg, VA.

1938Advance Stores Company expands into Winston‑Salem, NC, signaling the beginning of the company’s multi‑state growth.

TimeLine 1969

1969Arthur Taubman steps down as President but remains Chairman of the company. His son, Nick Taubman, assumes the role of President. There are 54 Advance stores in four states.

TimeLine 1985

1982The PDQ (Parts Delivered Quickly) Program rolls out, providing customers access to more than 25,000 automotive parts and accessories.

1985Advance Auto changes its name to “Advance Auto Parts.” On November 4, 6.61 inches of rain falls onto an already saturated ground. The deluge destroys Advance’s home office and warehouse, but not the determination of Advance Auto Parts.

1993On May 28, Advance Auto Parts opens its 300th store in Windsor, NC.

TimeLine 1996

1996The Commercial Delivery program is rolled out. The company‑wide rollout of the Reliable Automotive Direct Order Catalog is completed, providing customers with 100,000 SKUs from over 200 vendors.

1998In April, the Taubman family sells a majority interest in the company to the investment firm Freeman Spogli & Co. In August, Advance Auto Parts buys Western Auto Supply Company/Parts America, which doubles the company’s size almost overnight.

2001Advance Auto Parts becomes a publicly traded company, listed as a common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AAP.

2003The company's 2,500th store opens in Parma, OH. Advance makes its first appearance on the prestigious Fortune 500 list.

2006In September, Advance opens its 3,000th store in Salina, KS, part of the company’s Western Area. Advance Auto Parts celebrates its 5th year as a public company. The Commercial Delivery program reaches its 10th anniversary, and Commercial Sales reach $1 billion.

2007On April 29, Advance Auto Parts celebrates its 75th year in business, with over 3,000 stores in the U.S., the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and more than 43,000 Team Members.

TimeLine 2009

2009Advance Auto Parts launches new e‑commerce website.

2012Acquired 124 B.W.P. Distributors stores, enabling Advance Auto Parts to continue its expansion in the Northeast, which continues to be a strategic growth area for Advance.

TimeLine 2014

2014Acquired General Parts International, Inc., a leading privately held distributor and supplier of original equipment and aftermarket replacement parts for commercial markets operating under the CARQUEST and WORLDPAC brands.

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Every year Advance Auto Parts serves millions of customers in thousands of stores across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. But that is only the beginning of our commitment to customers. We also believe in being a good, responsible corporate citizen. In the towns and cities where we reside, we are more than simply a business – we are neighbors.

We are ready to lend a hand where it's needed most. You can see our commitment to service in many places: store windows filled with JDRF paper sneakers, disaster relief efforts provided by the Red Cross, after-school educational programs held by the United Way, and in homes provided to service men and women through Building Homes for Heroes.

We have a strong, continuing desire to serve our neighbors. In order to strengthen our efforts to help others, Advance Cares, our corporate giving program is designed to serve our communities and make a positive impact on the lives of others. There are many way we can help you and your organization.

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