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What is the history behind Kragen Auto Stores?

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Kragen Auto Stores originated in 1947 and grew to a chain of 493 stores supplying auto parts, tools and household goods, primarily in California. The retail chain was owned and operated by CSK Auto, Inc., a specialty retailer of automotive accessories and parts, which transitioned into a publicly traded company in March 1998 and was ultimately acquired by O'Reilly Automotive in 2008. During its existence, CSK Auto was headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Kragen Auto Stores experienced significant growth and brand recognition when its parent company, CSK Auto, acquired 81 Trak Auto stores and converted the retail stores to the Kragen name. Along with Kragen Auto Stores, CSK Auto operated Checker Auto Parts in Southwestern, Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain states, Schucks Auto Supply in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and Murray's Discount Auto Stores in the upper Midwest. O'Reilly Automotive acquired all four automotive retail outlets in 2008 and from 2009 to 2011, the stores were gradually rebranded to O'Reilly Auto Parts.

O'Reilly Auto Parts maintained stability with a public offering of company stock. As of 2016, the automotive retail chain has acquired multiple companies through mergers and acquisitions and currently has retail stores in 43 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.

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