AutoZone to Celebrate Grand Opening of First Store in Alaska

Wasilla, AK Store is AutoZone's 5,000th in North America

| Source: AutoZone, Inc.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Memphis-based AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) is set to celebrate the grand opening of its newest store at 1621 E Financial D, in Wasilla, Alaska. This location marks the company's 5,000th store and its entry into Alaska. AutoZone now has stores in 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

"We are thrilled to have a presence in Alaska, and to be able to provide quality automotive parts and products to the community. It is also a great honor to celebrate the opening of our 5,000th store in Wasilla, Alaska," said Bill Rhodes, AutoZone chairman, president and CEO, customer satisfaction.

Weekend Celebration: August 17 and 18

The community is invited to attend the grand opening celebration on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18. On both days, there will be hourly raffles, free food, vendor displays, and an AutoZone ball cap giveaway. The presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony will be on Friday at 2 p.m. Also attending will be U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright. The Wasilla Chamber of Commerce board of directors will also be in attendance. On Saturday, customers can "enter to win" a Duralast truck cargo box valued at up to $400. The winner will be announced at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Volunteers from two local organizations, My House and the Boys & Girls Club of Southcentral Alaska, will cook hamburgers and hot dogs for customers attending the grand opening. In addition, the organizations will receive a charitable contribution from AutoZone.

About AutoZone:

As of May 5, 2012, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 4,613 AutoZone stores in the U.S. plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 297 stores in Mexico.

AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, non-automotive products and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy product through, and our commercial customers can make purchases through AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.

Ray Pohlman

Brian Campbell