While much of Canada’s aftermarket was preparing for the coming winter season and AAPEX Show related initiatives, Carquest Canada and Worldpac were pulling together for the massive task of relocating to the Carquest Auto Parts and Worldpac distribution centre in Bolton, Ont.
Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts supplier and parent company to Carquest and Worldpac, says it is the first of its facilities to combine Carquest and Worldpac distribution centre operations under one roof.
Located at 8399 George Bolton Parkway, the new facility measures approximately 580,000 square feet and has the capacity to house more than 350,000 automotive parts serving the majority of domestic and import vehicles in Canada.
The new Carquest and Worldpac distribution centre employs more than 200 team members, with many team members living locally in Bolton, Caledon and surrounding communities.
“We are thrilled to warehouse our combined Carquest and Worldpac product offering in one building, providing our stores, branches and customers with the largest assortment of brands and superior service,” said Steve Gushie, president, Carquest Canada.
“This distribution centre enables us to stock more parts than ever before and its technology and quick replenishment system will help us deliver product to our customers quickly and efficiently. We appreciate the hard work of everyone at Carquest and Worldpac to make this happen.”
Among the expanded features are a much larger capacity for handling PBE products for the collision repair segment, an expanded returns area that will speed handling, and a dedicated Planogram (POG) Room that will enable stores to effectively merchandise in line with changing product trends.
The facility also includes a large, dedicated training room.
Today, the facility serves more than 130 Carquest stores and Worldpac branches across central and eastern Canada.
These stores and branches serve more than 37,000 professional repair shops and automotive dealerships.
This includes 500 TechNet Professional repair shops.
“With more motorists holding onto their vehicles longer, an expanded product offering is required to keep those older vehicles on the road,” said Jason Yurchak, Worldpac senior vice president, Canadian operations.
“Bringing our Worldpac parts inventory together with Carquest under one roof allows us to carry parts for virtually every type of vehicle on the road today. Our DC team offers nightly replenishment of every Worldpac and Carquest facility with multiple same day deliveries, ensuring customers get the right part at the right time.”
The distribution center team plans a formal grand opening and ribbon cutting event in spring 2023.
About Advance Auto Parts:
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 16, 2022 Advance operated 4,724 stores and 312 Worldpac branches primarily within the United States, with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also served 1,329 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and various Caribbean islands. Additional information about Advance, including employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.