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AutoZone - The history

The first store began in Forrest City, Arkansas on July 4, 1979, under the name of Auto Shack and made sales of $300 on that day. The first manager of the company was Doc Crain.

The Duralast tool line was started in 2003. That was a year of essential negotiations for AutoZone, as the company partnered with other essential auto parts industry companies, such as CarMax and Midas. AutoZone de Mexico opens the first DC in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Total stores number was 3,219 in 48 states and 49 in Mexico. Also, Founder J.R. "Pitt" Hyde III was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2004.

William C. Rhodes III was named the president and CEO In 2005. Steve Odland left to become the chairman and CEO of Office Depot.

On June 6, 2007, Bill Rhodes was named chairman, president, and chief executive officer of AutoZone, Inc. In 2008, AutoZone opened its 4,000th store in Houston, Texas and recorded a massive increase in Sales to $6.2 billion. AutoZone expanded into their 49th state Alaska by opening their 5,000th store in Wasilla, Alaska on August 17, 2012.

AutoZone opened its first store in Brazil in 2012.

In December 2012, the company purchased, an e-commerce leader in aftermarket automotive parts based in San Diego, California.

By April 2017, the company had been the largest retailer of automotive parts in North America for three consecutive years. As of August 2017, AutoZone had 5,465 locations in the United States, 524 store in Mexico, and 14 stores in Brazil.