Advance Auto Parts to create 600 jobs in Raleigh

Posted June 18, 2014
Updated June 19, 2014

— Advance Auto Parts will create 600 jobs in Raleigh by the end of 2017, officials said Wednesday.

Positions based in the company's Raleigh Support Center will include merchandising, marketing, supply chain and commercial sales. Some of the positions will be relocated from other areas of the U.S. Compensation for the new positions will vary greatly by job, but the average pay will be about $110,000 a year, plus benefits.

The project was made possible, in part, by an award to the company from the state Job Development Investment Grant program. Under the terms of the award, Advance Auto is eligible to receive more than $17.4 million total over the next 12 years if it proves it has created the jobs.

In January, Advance Auto completed its acquisition of General Parts International, which had its corporate headquarters in Raleigh. The acquisition created the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, with annual sales of more than $9.3 billion, according to the company.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto has more than 5,200 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada and employs about 74,000 people. In North Carolina, the company has more than 245 stores and employs more than 3,800 people.

"We are pleased to partner with North Carolina, and we are delighted that Raleigh, along with Roanoke, Va., will be part of our effort to organize our corporate operations around two Store Support Centers in the Southeastern United States," Advance Auto Chief Executive Darren Jackson said in a statement.


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  • iopsyc Jun 19, 2014

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    So, every silver lining has a cloud eh?

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 19, 2014

    Big whoop. Who wants to work in auto parts, there couldn't be a more miserable place to work. Anyone that thinks 600 jobs over the course of a year is some miracle of liberal proportions has been spending too much time in Colorado.

  • James McFetridge Jun 19, 2014
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    "the average pay will be about $110,000 a year, plus benefits"

    Wow! I must be in the wrong line of work!

  • Bill Mooney Jun 19, 2014
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    Why wouldn't they leave Norfolk? Norfolk is on the front line of flooding due to climate change. Read about it; the lack of planning for sea level rise is evocative of North Carolina and all the conservatives who want to build projects that taxpayers will have to bail out later.

  • Geez Louise Jun 19, 2014

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    --I would wager that none or very few of these jobs are actual new jobs that will hire new people in our area, so our tax dollars are paying for the company to do internal transfers. Yes, great job, Pat.

  • I-Defy Jun 19, 2014

    B-b-but all you liberals swore that no one would want to move here and no jobs would come here after the GOP took over? Rumor has it Barry is looking to move to NC when he is done doing is bang up job as POTUS. Ever since Pat took over things have been looking up! Great job!

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jun 19, 2014

    Sounds like some corporate welfare. Not happy when Dems did it. Still not happy now that the GOPs are doing it.

  • housemanagercary Jun 19, 2014

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    If you had any idea of the history of that company for the last 8 years and especially the last 4 years, you wouldn't be saying that. 8 years ago there were over 1600 employees on that campus and as they prepared to sell they pared them down to the 600 who remain. There were at least 6 rounds of layoffs that I recall. I left as soon as I could get out.

  • housemanagercary Jun 19, 2014

    Are they hiring 600 new people in Raleigh, movnig 600 people down from Roanoke, or keeping 600 old GPI employees? I think this is a very important distinction.

  • Fred Kozlof Jun 19, 2014
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    Sorry to be a skeptic, in light of what should be a GOOD NEWS story. But 600 NEW jobs, averaging $110k...just isn't believable. Better watch out for creative counting before we give up $17million in taxes.