Advance Auto Parts is an American retailer of automotive parts and accessories, founded in 1932 by Richard S. Hadley and William M. Boland. It is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia.
As of 2016, Advance Auto Parts operates over 5,200 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also serves more than 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores across the United States, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico.
Advance Auto Parts was founded in 1932 by Richard S. Boland as a small machine shop in Roanoke, Virginia. The company began selling auto parts and accessories out of a single store in Richmond, Virginia, before expanding to other locations throughout the state.
By the 1960s, Advance Auto Parts had grown to become one of the largest auto parts retailers in the United States. In 2015, the company operated over 5,200 stores across the country.
What began as a small machine shop has now grown into a large retailer of auto parts and accessories. Advance Auto Parts operates over 5,200 stores across the United States today.