There’s a lot of confusion out there about whether Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone are the same company. The short answer is no, they are not the same company.
Advance Auto Parts is a publicly traded company that is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. AutoZone is a publicly traded company that is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
While Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone both sell auto parts and accessories, they are different companies with different ownership structures, locations, and histories. Advance Auto Parts was founded in 1932 and has over 3,800 stores in 40 states. AutoZone was founded in 1979 and has over 5,700 stores in the United States.
Advance Auto Parts has been struggling in recent years, with declining sales and profits. In contrast, AutoZone has been doing quite well, with strong sales and profits.
So, while Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone are both companies that sell auto parts, they are not the same company.