Started in 1970 in San Jose and eventually three stores
Joe McDermott bought into ownership of Allied Auto Stores in 1973. By 1978 he had bought out the Fremont location from the founders and held sole ownership of the business. He operated, the then 2400 square foot Fremont store with himself and three employees. Joe says that customers demanded to have their parts in stock. He found that they would go elsewhere rather than wait for the next delivery and that if he was to be successful he would need to maintain good inventory coverage. That important realization stands true today, more than ever.
Until the early 80’s, that was not difficult to do as everything was fairly standardized and the number of badges was fairly steady. As time went on and the number of part numbers needed exploded, Joe said he quickly realized that the industry was changing. Auto parts stores would have to get big, or get out. Joe invested all his time and a great deal of capital into his store.
In 1983, Joe hired Bill Bailey as his general manager and together they built up their parts coverage and product offerings. In September of 1988, due to the ever-increasing inventory, Joe and Bill moved to their next location on Fremont Blvd, eventually expanding to 30,000 square feet. Allied Auto Stores became a “Warehouse Distributor” for ACDelco in 1991, which greatly accelerated the growth of the business.
The retail store in front carried a wide variety of products and displays. The back part of the store contained the wholesale parts counter and the warehouse for the large inventory kept on hand.
In 2013, Joe took a well-deserved retirement, and Bill Bailey took sole ownership of Allied Auto Stores. He soon made the decision that to continue growing the business and staying the industry leader would require a move to a larger, more modern facility. The move happened in 2014 to our current location in South Fremont. Located between two major freeways, thus allowing easy deliveries in all directions. As of this writing, Allied has a staff of 140 team members, and that number is sure to grow as the industry evolves. The two adjacent buildings (much of it double-decked) that now make up the warehouse totals approximately 50,000 square feet. Poised to continue as the leader, we wake up every day with a sense of urgency to take care of our business and our valued customers.
We provide the best service the highest quality parts and the best value in the industry.
Our experienced counter staff has many hundreds of years of combined experience to provide you with fast and efficient service. Allied Auto Stores carries a full line of domestic and import hard parts, chemicals, tools and equipment representing over 200 top lines.
Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or auto repair is your livelihood, we pledge to do our best to offer you the best parts and products to get the job done. If you’re looking for that hard to find part, give us a call. If we don’t happen to have it in stock, perhaps we can help you find it.