TORONTO (July 17, 2000)—The PartSource division of Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. has expanded westward with the purchase of an Edmonton, Alberta-based auto parts chain that operates under the Auto Village and Drivers names.
In June, Canada´s largest hardgoods retailer, which in August 1999 launched an auto parts unit, acquired the nine stores owned by Wayne Scrivens. Auto Village has four Edmonton outlets as well as stores in Calgary, Alberta, and Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
The Drivers/Auto Village stores will continue to operate under those names during a transitional period before eventually becoming PartSource outlets. Bruce Allen, PartSource president, told the Edmonton Sun newspaper that Mr. Scrivens will become general manager responsible for Canadian Tire´s parts operations in Western Canada.
Since its launch, PartSource has continued to grow toward its goal of spending $400 million to build 200 auto parts stores in Canada. It currently has 24 in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.