Timeline


1960: Company started as part of Barnes motor parts family of companies.  Harry Walker, Jr. partnered with the other families and grew the companies into multiple locations in areas of central and eastern north carolina.


1970Started Automotive Service Warehouse with the primary purpose of being an authorized ACDelco Warehouse


1976Harry Walker III returned to the company after 3 years with Price Waterhouse.


1983:  Dan Walker returned to the company after a 4 year stint in national sales and marketing with Libbey Glass division of Owens Illinois.


1985:  Walker Automotive Supply Inc. is created.  Harry Walker Jr. sold stock to Barnes Motor Parts and purchased all of the stock in the Raleigh, NC corporation to create Walker Automotive Supply, INC. DBA Walker Auto Stores.  Walker Auto created and operated 5 original store locations in Raleigh, Fuquay, Zebulon and Cary.


1987Nat Walker returned to company after 5 years as a mortgage broker in Atlanta.


1990's: Seven stores added in Durham, Carrboro, Henderson, Oxford, Louisburg and Raleigh.


1998:  Motor Bearings in Raleigh owned by the White family sold to General Parts Inc., and Walker Automotive Supply switched to Parts Plus

2000's: Five more stores opened: Creedmoor, RTP Durham, Durham, Glenwood Ave in Raleigh and Wake Forest.

2009:  Lee Walker, first of the third generation of Walker's, joined the company in sales.  Walker converted to NAPA, surpassed the 21 store mark and added Altrom, Delphi and Heavy Duty.  NAPA 5 Star achiever.

2010: Acquired down east locations in Morehead City, Cedar Point, New Bern and Otway.  First IBS operation with Gregory Poole.

2011:  Awarded IBS operation with Orange County in July

2012:  Added two new locations, re-modeled two locations and relocated a Durham location onto E. Geer St in Durham.

2013:  Acquired two new locations: Selma and Snow Hill, as well as Wake County IBS.





Walker Auto Parts is a family-owned and operated business, founded by Harry Walker Jr.  Harry started with Barnes Motor & Parts in 1960 before turning the Raleigh/Durham area location into the privately owned Walker Auto Parts in 1985.  At the time, we had eight locations in central North Carolina.  In 2009, Walker became NAPA affiliated and has since grown to 27 locations across central, north and eastern North Carolina.  Three generations of the Walker family still operate the family business today.