Autozone, Inc is a retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States.
AutoZone is a strong net lease asset due to the corporate guarantee of every lease, lowering risk. AutoZone has a mix of NNN and NN leases. The NNN leases eliminate any landlord responsibility, making the AutoZone a steady income producing asset with little risk. The NN leases make the owner responsible for roof and structure, to balance this, the NN leases have higher rents.
On July 4, 1979, Auto Shack opened its first store in Forrest City, Arkansas and now, AutoZone is a Fortune 500 company and the leading auto parts retailer in the United States with more than $8.1 billion in annual sales.
While AutoZone is a retailer, its business seems reasonably well-insulated from the Amazon threat. Usually, people need car parts on short notice and don't know exactly what they need. So, going into the local AutoZone is much more convenient than trying to do it online without much hand-holding. The company's store count goes up every quarter and same store sales continue to be on an upward trajectory.
AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals, and accessories through AutoZone stores in 49 US states plus the District of Columbia. As of February 11, 2017, Autozone operated 5,349 locations in the United States and opened 156 new stores in the US in 2016, making them the largest auto parts retailer.
AutoZone's core clients are generally do-it-yourselfers. US population and car production growth makes the business a winner for quite a while.