Colonial Group Hiring Announcement

The Colonial Group announce the hiring of Stephen Squires, CPA as Manager – Special Projects.  Stephen is a graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a Bachelor of Arts – French and Bachelor of Commerce – Cooperative and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Stephen will be working on system review and documentation, policy program review and assessment as well as new projects planned for the company as the Colonial Group looks to expand its footprint and store count in Atlantic Canada.  Stephen will operate out of the St. John’s head office reporting to the senior management team.

Stephen is the great-grandson of the founder of Colonial Garage and is the fourth generation to provide management and leadership to the company.  The Colonial Group is a family owned and operated business, established almost one hundred years ago and has grown to become the largest privately owned aftermarket auto parts supplier in Atlantic Canada, with twenty locations in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Colonial’s powerful reputation in the market is achieved by the dedication of its over 150 employees focused on delivering outstanding customer service and support.  The Colonial Group is known for its exceptional employee knowledge, customer service, and always having what you need when you need it.  The Colonial Group has many long-time employees, some with 40-50 years experience, who are now educating a new generation of parts persons to meet the needs of customers now and into the future.

The Colonial Group operates under the trade names of Colonial Auto Parts, A.P.M. Limited, C.B. Auto Supplies and Sydney Auto Parts.

Founded in 1926 by Gordon Elton as a service and gas station, Colonial Garage & Distributors Limited expanded to importing parts from Canada to meet the growing needs of the Newfoundland motoring public.  In the 1950’s, Gordon’s two sons, Doug and Bill Elton, took over daily operations and began a process of expansion into industrial services and auto parts branch locations.

The Colonial Group remains a family business to this day, with ownership held by family members Susan Elton Squires, Gillian Elton, and Douglas Squires. The executive management team is comprised of President Douglas Squires, CPA; Vice President – Operations Philip Murphy, MBA and Chief Financial Officer Susan Elton Squires, CPA.

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