• 1901  Arthur Taubman is born in Astoria, New York

  • 1909  George Pepperdine starts the Western Auto Supply Agency, a mail-order service specializing in automotive parts.

  • 1916  Arthur Taubman enlists in the U.S. Navy at the age of 15.

  • 1920  Taubman Stores is incorporated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • 1921  Pep Auto Supply, or "Pep Boys," opens in Philadelphia.

  • 1922  Arthur Taubman is discharged from the U.S. Navy and enters the auto supply business with his brother.

  • 1929  The founders of the Pep Boys open Advance Stores, LLC., with two stores in Roanoke and one in Lynchburg, Virginia.

  • 1932  April 29, 1932 - Arthur Taubman purchases Advance Stores and begins his successful drive to build a multi-state chain of auto and home supply stores.