Lordco Auto Parts opens Okanagan superstore

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Lordco Auto Parts has announced the opening of its new 30,000 square foot superstore, it's first in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

Lordco Auto Parts has announced the opening of its new 30,000 square foot Kelowna superstore, it’s first in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Lordco is inviting the public to attend grand opening festivities July 23, 10 AM-4 PM. The store is located 1540 Keehn Road in Kelowna, BC. Attendees will enjoy burgers hot off the Car-BQ, a walk-through the Milwaukee Tool Van, and a prize draw for a Rock the Lake at Prospera Place prize pack, including two three-day music festival passes for August 5-7. 

The 30,000-square-foot store’s large footprint provides the aftermarket retailer and distributor with the display and warehouse space it lacked at its now permanently closed Kelowna locations at 1656 Dilworth Drive and 125 Hwy 33.

The superstore features considerably more products and product lines than the former locations, including a large selection of tools, camping gear, and high performance parts. Truck, SUV, and Jeep enthusiasts will appreciate the in-store dedicated truck centre, with its expansive displays of tonneau covers, roof racks, winches, and other popular truck accessories.

“The new store is impressive. The size alone is an attention getter. Then there is the huge array of parts in the store–from camping gear and e-bikes to tools and everything in between,” said Raymond Sebastian, Lordco Auto Parts Keehn Road store co-manager and former Highway 33 store manager.

“I think customers will really like the large inventory available at this location.”

Since Lordco Auto Parts first established a presence in Kelowna in the mid-90s, the area has undergone rapid growth and was recognized in 2021 by Statistics Canada as the fastest growing region in the country. Along with this growth came an increased demand for aftermarket parts and accessories. To satisfy this demand, Lordco Auto Parts needed more space for inventory and decided to relocate its Dilworth Drive and Highway 33 stores to the new Keehn Road location.

“I was amazed at the increase in space compared to our past location,” said Matthew Lodge, Lordco Auto Parts Keehn Road store co-manager and former Dilworth Drive store manager.

“Our new store is big, bright, fully stocked, and fully staffed by 48 employees. The large inventory lets us assist people with the confidence that we have what they came in for, and the increased number of employees lets us provide our customers with timely and efficient service.”

The new store location, just off Highway 97 near Highway 33, provides Lordco Auto Parts with another advantage: a centralized location to serve customers in the area. 

“We can service Kelowna and East Kelowna from this one central location,” explained Niki Irving, Lordco Auto Parts regional manager.

“Plus, we have greater drive-by traffic exposure. But most important, our customers have easier access to our store, parking, and a range of in-store services, such as hydraulic hose repair, paint mixing and matching, and battery recycling with battery purchase. The overall customer experience is so much better.”

The new Lordco Auto Parts location is open 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM on weekdays, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Lordco Auto Parts Regional Manager Niki Irving and Keehn Road Co-managers Matthew Lodge and Ray Sebastian invite the public to check out the new location at the grand opening kicking off at 10:00 AM for a day of celebration. 

About Lordco Parts Ltd.

Lordco Auto Parts is Canada’s biggest privately held automotive parts distributor and Western Canada’s largest distributor and retailer of aftermarket parts and accessories. With over 85 retail locations, two machine shops, seven distribution centres, and more than 2,200 employees, Lordco delivers an exceptional customer experience. Visit Lordco.com for information about products, services, or locations throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

IMAGE CREDIT: Callahan Property Group

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