New auto parts store to open in Marion

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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 4:05 pm

By the end of the year, Marion should have an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

City Manager Bob Boyette said Wednesday that the city of Marion issued a building permit for a 6,800-square-foot building to be located at the intersection of North Main Street and Valley Street, next to the Harvest Drive-In. This new building will become the home of an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

Boyette added the contractor will likely start soon with construction.

Based in Springfield, Mo., the nationwide chain of auto parts stores started out as O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. The first store opened in December 1957 with one store and 13 employees in Springfield, Mo.

“Their sales totaled $700,000 in 1958, their first full year of business. Due to the hard work and ability of the original employees, several of whom were stockholders in the company, the business grew and prospered from its very first year,” reads the company’s website.

Over the years, the company has grown steadily through the opening of new stores, as well as through numerous mergers and acquisitions. O’Reilly now operates stores in 42 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Mark Merz, director of external reporting and investor relations, said the company’s goal for 2014 is to open 200 stores across the country.

“We don't like to give a whole lot of specifics,” he said to The McDowell News. “We absolutely have an interest in opening a store there. At this point, our goal would be to have it open by the fall.”

Merz said generally a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store has eight to 12 team members. That includes both full- and part-time positions.