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Advance Auto Parts announces CEO and President will move to Raleigh

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Advance Auto Parts announced it will locate a corporate support center in Wake County, North Carolina Advance Auto Parts announced it will locate a corporate support center in Wake County, North Carolina
ROANOKE (WSLS) - Advance Auto Parts, Inc. announced Wednesday that it will locate a corporate support center in Wake County, North Carolina and plans to create 600 jobs in Raleigh by the end of 2017. The investment will total more than $5 million.

Update: 7:16 P.M.

WSLS-10 has learned more about the impact of the Advance Auto Parts announcement.  According to Advance spokeswoman Shelly Whitaker, five departments currently based in Roanoke will be moved to Raleigh.  Those departments include: merchandising, marketing, supply chain, inventory and commercial.

"The customer-facing jobs will be moving to Raleigh," she said.  Whitaker said that some jobs currently in Raleigh will be moving to Roanoke.

After all of the changes, Roanoke will still have about 1600 jobs according to Whitaker -- the same number currently employed here.  She was unable to divulge the number of jobs that will be leaving Roanoke for Raleigh.

The company began telling employees this morning about the re-structuring.  According to Whitaker, the announcements were made to entire departments today and that the process has now begun of "sitting down with individual team members" to discuss their options with respect to on-going employment with the company.  "Employees always have the option to apply for other jobs within the company," she said. 

It was not clear how many employees may have to decide if they want to move to Raleigh in order to keep their jobs.

Whitaker said the Roanoke Store Support Center will be focused solely on operations, and that a number of senior vice presidents would be based here.  She said the company's general counsel, chief information officer, senior vice president of human resources, senior vice president of operations support and other vice president-level jobs would be among those who would continue to be based in Roanoke.

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The Raleigh Store Support Center will become the hub for functions that most directly impact customers.

Under the new organizational structure, CEO Darren Jackson, President, George Sherman, and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Mike Norona, will be based in the Raleigh office.

Back in November, the company acquired General Parts International, Inc., a leading privately held distributor and supplier of original equipment and aftermarket replacement products for commercial markets operating under the CARQUEST and WORLDPAC brands, according to a news release. 
 

According to their website, Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest automotive aftermarket retailer in the United States.

In addition to their headquarters in Roanoke, they have multiple regional offices around the country, including a large regional office in Minneapolis, MN, and more than 3,400 stores in 40 states, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.



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