Trak Auto Parts changes name

Trak Auto Parts stores across the county are being converted to Advance Auto Parts, which acquired dozens of stores in the region after Trak Auto filed for bankruptcy.

Five local stores — two in Manassas and three in Woodbridge — have reopened as Advance Auto Parts or are scheduled to next week.

The conversion and re-branding of stores takes about two weeks, said Advance Auto Parts spokeswoman Sheila Stuewe.

She said many of the Trak Auto store employees were offered jobs at Advance Auto Parts and will stay at the stores. There are about 10 to 15 employees working at store, Stuewe said.

Converted stores have already opened on Dale Boulevard and Shoppers Best Way, and stores on Daniel Stuart Square, Sudley Road and Mathis Avenue are scheduled to open next week.

Like Trak Auto, Advance Auto Parts specializes in do-it-yourself automotive products. The company, based in Roanoke, is the second-largest auto parts chain in the nation, according to its Web site.

Advance Auto Parts acquired 55 Trak Auto stores in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., in July. The transfer and conversion of all the stores should be completed by the end of the year.

Advance Auto Parts acquired nearly 200 Discount Auto Parts stores last year, bringing a total of about 2,400 stores across the country.

The company plans to open between 100 and 125 additional stores this year.

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