TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), one of the largest online providers of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, today announced it would open a new 210,000 square foot distribution center in Grand Prairie, Texas. The distribution center, slated to begin operations in late 2020, will create a minimum of 150 new jobs and $10 million in economic impact in its first 18 months alone. When operational, the facility will deliver new parts to customers across the South and Southwest servicing all of the brands U.S. Auto Parts Network has to offer, including CarParts.com and JC Whitney.
“CarParts.com has been experiencing exponential growth, and we needed to build this distribution center to stay ahead of demand,” said U.S. Auto Parts Network CEO Lev Peker. “We expect this trend to accelerate as customers become ever more comfortable buying car parts online. For so many of our customers, getting a part quickly is not optional – it is essential to keeping their vehicle on the road and helping them get to work. Thanks to this distribution center, we will be able to reach 64% of the country in one day or less.”
“Everything is bigger in Texas, physical distances included,” he continued. “If we want to get our Texan customers their parts quickly, we had to build a distribution center here!”
The facility will include a “will call” window where local residents who have ordered online can pick up their parts on-site.
The mayor of Grand Prairie, Ron Jensen, was happy to welcome the new members of the community. “We are proud to be working closely with companies like U.S. Auto Parts Network to bring jobs to Texas,” he said. “Texas has seen far too many job losses recently, so we are humbled to see a growing company like U.S. Auto Parts Network put down roots and create jobs here in Grand Prairie.”
For David Meniane, U.S. Auto Parts Network’s COO, building the distribution center in Grand Prairie was an easy decision. “Grand Prairie had everything we needed – a skilled workforce, a friendly business climate, and proximity to many of our best customers. As ecommerce – and the online automotive aftermarket in particular – grow exponentially, we are counting on this distribution center to ensure we get parts to our customers as quickly as possible.”
People interested in employment at the Grand Prairie distribution center should visit https://www.carparts.com/careers/ for updates.
Established in 1999, CarParts.com is an e-commerce auto parts retailer that specializes in OE replacement collision, repair, and maintenance parts. With over 50 million parts delivered, we've helped millions of drivers across the United States find the right parts to fix their cars and keep their vehicles on the road. Our vehicle selector and easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly website offers customers guaranteed fitment and a convenient online shopping experience. Paired with our 90-day return policy and satisfaction guarantee, CarParts.com makes it easier than ever to get the parts you need delivered straight to your door.
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