Chief Auto Parts
was a United States
-based auto parts store chain and had stores located in the states of Tennessee
. The company was based in Dallas, Texas
and operated as a division of Southland Corporation
until 1990. Then, the division was sold to GE
. Chief merged with Memphis, Tennessee
in 1998. The former Chief stores were converted into AutoZone stores or closed. The company was founded in 1955 in Norwalk, California. It was purchased by Southland Corporation
in 1979, along with Citgo
and Movie-Quik. Chief was considered another convenience concept of 7-Eleven; many of the stores were open 24 hours a day. Many Chief stores were adjacent to 7-Eleven stores, or were in stand-alone buildings. 7-Eleven called them "convenience auto parts stores." The CEO was David H. Eisenberg from, 1992 until its merger with AutoZone.
The store's name is parodied in the show MXC
as Chief Otto Parts
for one of the characters.