Baxter Auto Parts to become Carquest

Post Reply
Super S
Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
Posts: 2089
Joined: April 1st, 2009, 9:27 pm
Has thanked: 10 times
Been thanked: 43 times
Status: Offline

Baxter Auto Parts to become Carquest

Post by Super S »

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ ... est-Stores

This is an interesting development as most Carquest locations in this area were converted to the Advance banner, and some of those locations are still open within Baxter's operating area. It is worth noting that Baxter will still be operating these locations as Carquest.

Advance and Carquest seemed to be struggling in recent years locally. Time will tell what happens.
storewanderer
Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
Posts: 7167
Joined: February 23rd, 2009, 3:54 pm
Been thanked: 212 times
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: Baxter Auto Parts to become Carquest

Post by storewanderer »

I wonder who currently supplies this Baxter?

There was a Carquest turned Advance out in Winnemucca, NV and it did not last long under the Advance banner.

Interesting to see expansion under the Carquest banner. It is my understanding that at least some of the current California Carquests are going to be converted to the Advance banner pending the Pep Boys transaction Advance is currently involved in there in California.
Super S
Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
Posts: 2089
Joined: April 1st, 2009, 9:27 pm
Has thanked: 10 times
Been thanked: 43 times
Status: Offline

Re: Baxter Auto Parts to become Carquest

Post by Super S »

storewanderer wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 11:29 pm I wonder who currently supplies this Baxter?

There was a Carquest turned Advance out in Winnemucca, NV and it did not last long under the Advance banner.

Interesting to see expansion under the Carquest banner. It is my understanding that at least some of the current California Carquests are going to be converted to the Advance banner pending the Pep Boys transaction Advance is currently involved in there in California.
Baxter has been affiliated with Auto Value for quite some time, and about 1-2 years ago, they sold their wholesale operation known as Performance Warehouse, which supplied many other independent parts stores. The fact that they sold their wholesale operation was a clue that something was brewing.

I have been told by a couple of friends working in auto parts stores that the new wholesale operation (NPW) has really gone downhill and at times is unreliable. I kinda wished Baxter could have held on as an independent chain, but am curious if there will be changes to what they carry in the stores as they switch to Carquest. Baxter still had a decent selection of performance parts among other things that the national chains don't really offer.
storewanderer
Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
Posts: 7167
Joined: February 23rd, 2009, 3:54 pm
Been thanked: 212 times
Contact:
Status: Offline

Re: Baxter Auto Parts to become Carquest

Post by storewanderer »

Super S wrote: July 23rd, 2021, 6:05 am Baxter has been affiliated with Auto Value for quite some time, and about 1-2 years ago, they sold their wholesale operation known as Performance Warehouse, which supplied many other independent parts stores. The fact that they sold their wholesale operation was a clue that something was brewing.

I have been told by a couple of friends working in auto parts stores that the new wholesale operation (NPW) has really gone downhill and at times is unreliable. I kinda wished Baxter could have held on as an independent chain, but am curious if there will be changes to what they carry in the stores as they switch to Carquest. Baxter still had a decent selection of performance parts among other things that the national chains don't really offer.
Like many supply chains the auto parts supply chain is having some issues over the past year. It is possible these smaller chains/smaller wholesalers are just getting squeezed so this may be a strategic decision by Baxter to align with Advance and hopefully have it be more reliable.

I have had car repairs held up in the past year due to parts delivery related issues.
Post Reply