FRONT ROYAL - The local Carquest Auto Parts joined a nationwide trend this week as it was consolidated into Advanced Auto Parts.
Bill Turner, Advance Auto Parts manager, explained that Advanced Auto Parts purchased Carquest Auto Parts in January 2015. Since then, he said, more than 500 stores have consolidated, "and that's what we're doing here in Front Royal."
Turner said the Front Royal branches of the two stores, both located on Commerce Avenue, worked together since the purchase. Then two months ago, he said, consolidation discussions began and within the last two weeks "we moved all of the Carquest stuff into the Advance." He added that a lot of money has been spent "re-doing the Advanced Auto Parts" at 28 N. Commerce Ave.
He said the old Carquest location at 712 N. Commerce Ave. is slated to become a Domino's Pizza store.
Turner said all Carquest employees transferred, which makes for a total of 21 at the newly consolidated store.
"It's a very exciting time for us here in Front Royal," Turner said. "We're joining forces and we're going to certainly be able to serve our customers a lot better with one team all in one store instead of the same team in two different stores."
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