As of Oct 7, 2017, the company operated 5,203 stores, 129 Worldpac branches, and served approximately 1,250 independently owned Carquest branded stores in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada.

In fiscal 2016, the company opened 78 new stores and closed or consolidated 182 stores. During the first nine months of fiscal 2017, the company opened 47 new stores, closed 18 and consolidated 15 stores, and converted 132 Carquest stores to Advanced Auto Parts stores. In fiscal 2016, the company expects to open 65-75 new stores, including Worldpac branches, as well as completing 325 to 350 Carquest store consolidations, conversions, or relocations.

At year-end, the company owned 816 stores and leased 4,373 locations. Initial terms for leases are typically 10 to 15 years, with renewal options at five year intervals.

Advance Auto Parts (AAP) stores are generally located in freestanding buildings in areas with high vehicle traffic counts, good visibility and easy access to major roadways and to commercial customers. The average size of an AAP store is 7,500 square feet with the size of typical new store ranging from approximately 6,000 to 8,500 square feet. Carquest locations are freestanding buildings that average approximately 7,600 square feet. Worldpac branches are generally larger than other store locations and average approximately 27,000 square feet.

Store growth0.3%-2.0%-1.5%32.7%6.7%3.6%
Total gross square feet (M)42,59941,73742,18543,33829,70127,806
Total gross square feet growth2.2%-1.1%-2.7%45.9%6.8%4.3%
Avg store gross sq ft8,2008,0008,0008,1007,3007,300
Avg store gross sq ft growth1.9%0.9%-1.2%10.0%0.1%0.7%

Notes:Reflects acquisition of General Parts International in Jan 2014, which added 1,233 Carquest stores, 103 Worldpac branches and 1,400 independently-owned Carquest stores