Lordco operates 90 locations across B.C. It is the largest automotive supply shop in British Columbia.
Lordco Parts Ltd. was incorporated in August 1974 by its two founding members, Roy Lord and Ed Coates. A simple combination of their surnames gave the company its name, and they hired one employee to help them in their modest 900 square foot store in Maple Ridge, B.C.
As the business gathered momentum, plans for the first expansion were developed. In 1976, a large site was purchased in Maple Ridge, and new, larger facilities were built. Today, it still houses the Corporate Head Office and Fleet Maintenance complex. Lordco also purchased a local machine shop.
Next came expansion to Mission, British Columbia, and before the decade was over, Lordco had become a major supplier of automotive parts on the north side of the Fraser River.
In the early 1980's, the economy took a turn for the worse and the owners found themselves under increasing financial pressure, eventually resulting in Ed Coates buying out his partner.
By 1984. A small store in Agassiz, British Columbia opened under the Lordco banner that year and would be the first leased location on the Lordco roster. As the economy recovered, Lordco parts were in high demand.
Before the end of the 1980's, Lordco stores had sprung up in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (1985), Abbotsford, British Columbia and Hope, British Columbia (1987), Langley, British Columbia and Aldergrove, British Columbia. As well, another machine shop was opened in Langley to meet the demands of customers on the south side of the Fraser River.
In the 1990's, expansion continued, and accelerated. Highlights included the acquisition of its warehouse distributor, Norm Fieldgate Ltd. and institution of centralized warehousing for all Lordco stores in 1990. This dramatically increased Lordco's buying power, giving the Company a decided competitive advantage over the independents in the industry.
In 1994, Lordco purchased the assets of Cal-Van Auto Supply and immediately became a major player in the distribution of High Performance auto parts. Three of Cal-Van's stores were retained and reopened under the Lordco banner in mid-19
But expansion also included a number of acquisitions of smaller independents. This was the case when Ed Coates first broke from traditional strategy to purchase stores in Trail and Castlegar in 1993. Success in the Kootenay region of B.C. opened new vistas of possibility for Lordco. In 1995, a store was purchased in Squamish, and in 1996, Lordco broke into the Okanagan market with the purchase of a store in Kelowna. In 1997, a large store was opened in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia.
Fraser Valley
*Abbotsford - Machine Shop
*Abbotsford - Body Shop
*Abbotsford - Clearbrook
*Chilliwack - Sardis
*Chilliwack - Yale
Metro Vancouver
*Burnaby - Douglas Road
*Burnaby - Edmonds
*Burnaby - Metrotown
*Coquitlam - Clarke Road
*Coquitlam - Eagle Ridge
*Coquitlam - Westwood
*Langley - Machine Shop
*Langley - Port Kells
*Maple Ridge
*Maple Ridge Machine Shop
*North Vancouver
*Pitt Meadows
*Richmond - Stevenston
*Surrey - Cloverdale
*Surrey - Newton
*Surrey - Whally
*Surrey - White Rock
*Vancouver - East 2nd
*Vancouver - S.W. Marine Drive
*Kamloops (3)
*Kelowna (2)
*Salmon Arm
*West Kelowna - Westbank
*Lake Country - Winfield
Vancouver Island
*Campbell River
*Nanaimo (2)
*Port Alberni
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