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Advance Auto Parts Releases Information Regarding Network Intrusion Potentially Impacting 14 Stores and up to 56,000 Customers

ROANOKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 2008--Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories and maintenance items, released information today regarding the Company becoming the victim of a network intrusion. The investigation by Advance Auto Parts revealed that data from 14 of its stores may have been impacted, potentially compromising customer financial information of up to 56,000 customers. The following 14 Advance Auto Parts stores were affected by this network intrusion:

Affected Store Address             City              State
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2920 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive  Atlanta           Georgia
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6100 Old National Highway          College Park      Georgia
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1354 Harrisburg Pike               Columbus          Ohio
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950 E Boston Street                Covington         Louisiana
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2055 South Locust St.              Canal Fulton      Ohio
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422 US Highway 80 W                Garden City       Georgia
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2414 Belle Chase Highway           Gretna            Louisiana
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1370 Ashland Road                  Mansfield         Ohio
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6645 E. Shelby Dr.                 Memphis           Tennessee
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179 Sgt Prentiss Drive             Natchez           Mississippi
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5185 Jimmy Carter Blvd.            Norcross          Georgia
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936 N. Gospel St.                  Paoli             Indiana
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6300 W. Broad St.                  Richmond          Virginia
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1802 Teall Ave.                    Syracuse          New York
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Advance has notified its credit, debit and check processors. As a precautionary measure, the Company has also started sending letters directly to the impacted customers whom it has been able to identify. Customers who purchased products in the 14 stores and who do not receive a letter can call the toll-free number listed below to determine if they have been impacted.

Advance is also working with the appropriate law enforcement officials who are conducting a criminal investigation. The Company believes that the incident has been contained. However, the Company is continuing to investigate and has partnered with a leading global third party security expert to assist in the investigation. In addition, Advance continually partners with leading experts to enhance the security of information technology systems.

"Safeguarding our customers' confidential financial information is extremely important to Advance Auto Parts, and we take this responsibility very seriously," said Darren Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Therefore, effective immediately:

1. Advance has provided additional information on its web site at
    www.advanceautoparts.com for potentially impacted customers from
    its 14 stores to review.

2. Advance has also established a special toll-free number with
    dedicated resources for potentially impacted customers who made
    purchases in the 14 stores to call to ask questions. The special
    toll-free number is 1-800-704-1154. Customer service
    representatives will be available to answer questions seven days a
    week from 8 am until 12 midnight EDT through May 31, 2008.

3. Advance has arranged to help affected customers who made purchases
    in the 14 stores protect their identity and credit information.
    Advance is offering the affected customers a credit monitoring
    product from a national credit reporting agency at no cost for one
    year. This product allows affected customers to monitor their
    financial information from all three national credit reporting
    agencies.

"We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this attack on our network may cause. Advance Auto Parts has been dedicated for the past 75 years to earning customer trust and for providing Legendary Customer Service. We strive to serve each and every customer better than anyone else," said Jackson. "We truly appreciate the business of each Advance Auto Parts customer."

About Advance Auto Parts

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. As of December 29, 2007, the Company operated 3,261 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The Company serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.

CONTACT: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Shelly Whitaker, APR
shelly.whitaker@advanceautoparts.com
Direct: 540-561-8452
Fax: 540-561-6445

SOURCE: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.