Originally a division of Memphis-based wholesale grocer Malone & Hyde, the company was known as Auto Shack. After the sale of the grocery operation to the Fleming Companies of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the name of the company was changed to AutoZone to reflect the new focus and to settle a lawsuit brought by Tandy Corporation for infringing on Tandy’s “Radio Shack” trademark. On July 4, 1979, the first store opened in Forrest City, Arkansas under the name of Auto Shack.

Today, AutoZone is the largest privately owned automotive parts retailer and wholesaler in Southern Africa. They have a span of 151 wholly-owned retail branches and 37 member-owned franchise branches. They have a supporting supplier base of 688 world-class suppliers contributing to a massive parts range of over 75 000 parts. Apart from South Africa, ourfranchises have presence in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana. A well-developed supply chain, as well as merchandising and support services, support all branches.

They are a powerful supplier of automotive spare vehicle parts and have excellent presence in the spares market. They are respected by trade customers (workshops and engineers), cash customers as well as independent spares retailers. Autozone has an excellent presence in national accounts too, holding corporate and government contracts.

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