I’ve been doing business with Advance Auto for a while. As you no doubt know, they acquired CarQuest not too long ago. Recently, it seems like they have much less local stock, and are pushing for “to my front door” delivery. Before, they would have plenty of stock at the local warehouse and have it shipped out to the local store overnight; anymore, it seems like there is meager selection locally, and they’re hot and bothered to UPS it to my house.
Seems to me, AAP wants to split the business; compete against NAPA for the pro work, and take on the onlines for the DIYer. Any truth to this rumor, or am I just drawing unwarranted conclusions from coincidence? I might have to re-think my business!