Automotive Supplies (85) LTD. is an independently owned and operated automotive retailer/wholesaler of import and domestic auto parts. Today Automotive Supplies has three locations to serve you, St. John’s, Mt. Pearl and CBS south.
Automotive Supplies is a pioneer in the automotive aftermarket industry here in St’ John’s, NL. Fred Davis first opened its doors in 1972 on Elizabeth Ave. In 1974 they joined Modern Sales, a Canadian owned automotive cooperative buying group. Joining the buying group helped to be competitive by opening up vendor programs such as pricing and support.
After many years of service the company was bought by Alf Gill and Max Penney in 1985 to be renamed Automotive Supplies (85) Ltd. Alf Gill, originally from Newtown and Max Penney from Fogo Island worked alongside Fred Davis since the store opened. The business continued to grow strong through hard work and dedication under their leadership. In 1995 Alf retired leaving Max to be the sole proprietor.
Max never slowed down and had the foresight and courage to open up a second store in 1998 in CBS South. Chris Penney and Steve Saunders began the operation out of a small 3000 sq ft building to where they are today, a beautiful 9000 sq ft structure.
Max grew the company again in 2005 by adding a third store in Mt. Pearl. In the span of 12 years they have grown from a two man operation of Craig Penney and Danny Condon to nine employees today.
Today Automotive Supplies remains a successful family owned and operated business, with a second generation of family members in the business, Geoff Penney, Chris Penney and Craig Penney. Six months of the year you will more than likely see Max still actively involved.