Company Celebrates Anniversary by Closing Stock Exchange

Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke-based Advance Auto Parts celebrated 10 years as a publicly held company by closing the New York Stock Exchange Thursday.

Company CEO Darren Jackson was given the honor. Later, Jackson said he did it for the 52,000 team members who have made the company successful.

Leaders watching from Roanoke say the company's approach to its customers is also part of the success.

"When I look at yesterday it was just a chance for our team to celebrate 10 years from when we became a public company. But the fact that we are a public company is based on our commitment to people and to our customers," said Jim Wade, president, of Advance Auto Parts.

In those 10 years, the company has grown from 2,400 stores to 3,700 stores across the country.