ADVANCE AUTO PARTS in Owosso will absorb Carquest Auto Parts March 8 following the January 2014 merger of the two companies. Carquest, which is currently located at 1201 E. Main Street, is offering discounts on its chemicals and cleaners in anticipation for the move across the street to Advance Auto, 1020 E. Main Street.
Advance has extended job offers to all Carquest employees, and four people will make the move from Carquest to Advance in March. Advance gets to keep the name and has been selling Carquest parts since shortly after the merger. The merger affects all corporate Carquest stores, with independent stores having the option of maintaining the Carquest name.
Advance Auto Manager Jeff Eddy is excited for the transition and the upcoming store remodel. “The move will be great for us,” Eddy said Thursday. “Carquest has brand recognition that will be a benefit to us. They are a nationally recognized company; they’ve been around a long, long time. The Carquest products will enhance and enrich our product line.”
Eddy reports that the remodel will begin the week of Feb. 15 and there will be a grand re-opening closer to the March 8 transition date. The remodel will mean a larger parts inventory for Advance, as Eddy says the store will double its “hard parts” inventory. (Independent Photos/Graham Sturgeon)