[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Highlights in the 44-year development journey of AutoZone, Inc., the largest automotive part retailer in the United States (1979)


(Worldkings.org) AutoZone is the US leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories with more than 6,000 stores in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico.

AutoZone, Inc. is an American retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, the largest in the United States. Founded in 1979, AutoZone has 7,014 stores across the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the US Virgin Islands. The company is based in Memphis, Tennessee.

Since its inception, AutoZone has revolutionized the industry while maintaining a customer-first, innovative mindset. AutoZone has grown to be the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories. Each store carries an extensive line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured hard parts, maintenance items and accessories.


The company’s milestones:

July 4, 1979: Initially a division of Malone & Hyde, Inc., the first Auto Shack store opened in Forrest City, Arkansas.

1984: Auto Shack was believed to be the first auto parts retailer to use a quality control program for its parts.

1986: Auto Shack introduced the Duralast brand, which included a line of in-store alternators and starters.

1987: Auto Shack officially changed its name to AutoZone. The first AutoZone store was in Enid, Oklahoma. That year also, the company introduced WITT-JR, an electronic catalog used to look up parts and keep warranty information.


1995: AutoZone opened its 1,000th store in Louisville, Kentucky. Also, the Duralast trademark made its debut with the Duralast and Duralast Gold batteries.

1996: AutoZone acquired ALLDATA, the leading provider of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automotive repair information and solutions.

1998: AutoZone opened its first international store in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

2002: AutoZone introduced Hub stores to provide customers with more access to the parts and products they need in less time.

2005: AutoZone opened its first store in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.


2008: Z-net is launched in AutoZone stores to provide one-click repair guide information, product images, specifications, troubleshooting, and more.

2010: AutoZone smartphone apps were launched.

2012: AutoZone opened its first store in South America in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2014: ALLDATA Tech-Assist, which provides phone-based diagnostic support from a team of ASE Certified Master Technicians, was launched.

2018: AutoZone announced a Next Day Delivery program. Customers who place orders by 10 p.m. can have them delivered to their doorstep the very next day.

2021: AutoZone received national recognition as a wonderful place to work and enjoy a rewarding career.


According to Wikipedia & autozone.com

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