AutoZone is heading north, but before Canadian auto parts players get too excited, note that it’s heading way north: to Alaska.
The auto parts chain announced the grand opening of its newest store in Wasilla, Alaska. marking 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 honour to celebrate the opening of our 5,000th store in Wasilla, Alaska,” said Bill Rhodes, AutoZone chairman, president and CEO, customer satisfaction.
The city may be well known to many as the centre that elected vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin mayor. She was elected to Wasilla City Council in 1992 and became mayor of Wasilla in 1996.
The grand opening celebrations are slated for August 17 and 18, with raffles, free food, vendor displays, and an AutoZone ball cap giveaway. The presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony will be on Friday with expected attendees including 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.