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Advance Auto Parts Promotes Markus Hockenson to Senior Vice President, Store Operations

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories, and maintenance items, today announced the promotion of Markus Hockenson to Senior Vice President, Store Operations effective April 1, 2012. Mr. Hockenson will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the Company’s Midwestern operations, which includes more than 1,200 stores. Mr. Hockenson will report to Carl Hauch, Senior Vice President, National Operations and will be based in Denver, Colorado.

“Markus has a true passion for the foundational elements of our business which includes our commitment to service and our Values. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge leading retail and commercial sales and operations. We look forward to Markus’ leadership in 2012 and beyond as we focus on accelerating the growth of our Commercial and DIY businesses,” said Hauch.

Mr. Hockenson joined Advance in September 2008 as Regional Vice President. Prior to joining Advance, Mr. Hockenson served with Starbucks where he most recently had region-wide responsibility for project management of key company programs and held several other positions including District Manager. Prior to Starbucks, Mr. Hockenson held multiple positions at Enterprise Rent-A-Car including Regional Operations Director and District Manager. He also served as Group Operations City Manager at Enterprise where he held full operational responsibility and established the first company presence in the United Kingdom.

About Advance Auto Parts

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of December 31, 2011, the Company operated 3,662 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s website at

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