Olympus a historical look...
Olympus was founded in 1977 as Olympic Imported Parts Corp. Operating out of a small, single bay warehouse and showroom in Alexandria, Virginia, we were established as a full line imported car parts outlet for a much larger importer of German car parts. We sold and delivered parts to professional repair facilities, service stations and chains as well as the “do it yourself” walk-in customers.
With seven employees and three delivery vehicles, even in the formative, early years, our focus was on providing professional and DIY mechanics the highest quality import parts available, pricing it right and getting it there fast!.
In the fall of 1986, Michael Brown, then store manager, purchased the assets of Olympic Imported Parts Corp. of Virginia from the original owner, Karl Flicker. It was a scary time. The receivables of the company were about the same as the newly acquired debt service, so it was vital to keep overhead low and just go crazy growing the sales of the company. In those early days, everyone was responsible for everything: salesmen sold parts, posted inventory, pulled their own orders, and usually stayed until late at night restocking our inventory. We believed that whether we succeeded or not, no one was going to outwork us.
Through the 1980s & 90’s, the import car market was growing at an exceptional rate and so was our company. Sales were increasing, our delivery fleet was expanding, as was the work required to keep up with our growth. Additional warehouse space was soon needed to house our ever-expanding inventory. What began as a small business with a handful of employees gradually became a fast growing, thriving enterprise. In fact, the Washington Business Journal in 1995 presented us with their “Fast Track” award for being among the fastest growing businesses in the Washington, D.C. area in the category of distribution.
After 27 years, it was time get a fresh new look for our company and in 2004, we dressed up our company vehicles with our new “energy-laced” logo and changed our name from Olympic to Olympus Imported Auto Parts. It is not possible to travel the roads of the D.C. area without seeing our flashy and friendly Olympus Scion XB’s.
With fast paced change occurring in our industry today, we realize that we will continue to prosper only if we stand on our time-tested values. We believe today, as much as ever, that our success comes from hard-work, honesty, reliability and responsibility. Throw in a little technology and a lot of experience and there you have a recipe for an exciting future.
Olympus boasts 160 of the finest, friendliest people in the industry working out of four huge warehouse locations and servicing our customers with a delivery fleet of nearly 70 vehicles. The mid-Atlantic’s largest inventory of imported car parts is comprised of the highest quality parts from the finest parts manufacturers in the world. We are direct with most of the leading import O.E. parts manufacturers. Many of the brands we carry are identical to those the new car dealer sells. Our purchase volume and pricing acumen result in very competitive prices - even against brands of lesser quality.
And then there is our service. Service is not just a tired, overused term for us. We are extremely proud of our Company, love what we do and have developed a system called Delivering Legendary Service. DLS is our concept of service to our customers in its most exceptional form. It is a continual process of improving and evolving our operations and techniques to the point where our competition becomes irrelevant. It is our mission and guiding principal.
Experience an overall level of value that is unprecedented. Olympus offers an unrivaled overall value in automotive parts with quality people, quality parts and quality service. Experience Olympus Imported Auto Parts. It is our pleasure to serve you.
Our Association Memberships:
- Auto International Association (AIA)
- Autocare Association (AAIA)
- Automotive Parts Associates (APA)
- Better Business Bureau (BBB)
- Chesapeake Automotive Business Association (CABA)
- National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
- Virginia Automotive Association (VAA)
- Virginia Gasoline Marketers Council (VGMC)