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The Parts Alliance announces two new branch openings

Uni-Select Inc. (“Uni-Select”, TSX: UNS), announced today that The Parts Alliance, one of its subsidiaries, has opened two new branches in the United Kingdom.

The Parts Alliance has opened two new branches in February. This follows two further branch additions towards the end of 2017 with Midsomer Norton and Southampton in Southern England.

Croydon has opened under the SCMF brand and extends the ability to serve customers in the South East and the greater London area. To extend the Parts Alliance reach in the North West of the UK, where there is a sizeable and sweet spot car parc, the PA opened Newcastle under their SAS brand.

These new store openings represent ongoing investment from The Parts Alliance and an ongoing commitment to endorse and develop their trusted local motor factor brands giving local service combined with national strength. These new locations will enable improved service for both independent garages and the group’s growing national accounts portfolio.

“We’re delighted to continue our branch expansion to establish a true national footprint with a combination of company owned stores and a commitment to members and service partners,” said Peter Sephton, Parts Alliance CEO. “We welcome all our new team members to our culture of systemised entrepreneurship and look forward to giving our customers increased choice and better service driven by our people culture and technology platform”.

“The opening of two new locations is an opportunity to expand the group’s presence nationally and aligns with our strategic plan to grow in key markets,” added Henry Buckley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select. “This continues our commitment to have the best customer coverage in the United Kingdom through both owned stores and members”.

The national car parts distributor says new branch openings, coupled with select acquisitions and new Parts Alliance members, are key opportunities for us to expand our UK coverage.

SAS Autoparts joins The Parts Alliance

The Parts Alliance strengthens its position as an aftermarket leader as SAS Autoparts joins the group. SAS was founded in 1960 and has branches in Harrogate, Otley, Skipton, Bradford, Castleford and Northallerton.

The Parts Alliance’s Chief Executive Peter Sephton said he was excited to be welcoming new colleagues from SAS to the HgCapital backed Parts Alliance Group. He said ‘’SAS Autoparts is a great business with outstanding customer and staff loyalty providing local service in the Yorkshire area and adds to our national strength.’’

HgCapital continues to support Parts Alliance Group with the acquisition of SAS which will be a wholly owned business within the group but continue to trade locally under its own brand name and will continue under Managing Director David Brooks and his current management team.

Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance said “This is a great acquisition which strengthens our presence in the north while encouraging a common vision and culture, but retaining local brands, entrepreneurial spirit and customer focus.

David Brooks said “We are looking forward to working with Peter Sephton and the rest of the management team and developing and growing SAS into an even better business.”