Boucherville, Québec — Uni-Select Canada has entered a strategic agreement that will see Colonial Garage and Distributors Ltd. and its affiliated companies join Uni-Select’s Canadian network, the companies announced Tuesday.
The Colonial Group was established almost 100 years ago and remains a family-owned and operated business today. As the largest privately-owned aftermarket auto parts supplier in Atlantic Canada, the group boasts 20 locations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the coming months, Colonial Group stores in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador will be converted to the Bumper to Bumper banner program, while also keeping their own identity and name, said Uni-Select.
“With its extensive warehouse network and strong vendor relationships, Uni-Select offers us the scalability we have been missing to expand and grow our business to the next level,” said Douglas Squires, Colonial Group president. “We have been thoroughly impressed by the knowledge, professionalism, and flexibility of Uni-Select’s senior leadership team. After being a shareholder in a competitive network of independent wholesalers for more than 55 years, we are excited by the opportunities provided to our group of companies and look forward to a bright and exciting future.”
“We are pleased to welcome Colonial, a family business, as a new independent member in the Atlantic region of Canada. This new and very promising agreement with the Colonial Group, with whom we share the same values, will allow us to consolidate our presence in the Atlantic Provinces and complement our current members in the region,” said Emilie Gaudet, President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Automotive Group.
“This partnership with Colonial represents our first agreement with a major independent member in the last decade and represents our commitment to our strategy of building and strengthening relationships with our Canadian members,” added Brian McManus, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Uni-Select Inc.
For more information on Uni-Select and its network of companies, visit www.uniselect.com.