Story by Nikki McKim; photo by Brian McKim
O’Reilly Auto Parts is nearing the final phase of their 2623 Harlan Street location.
The anticipated opening of the store is projected to be later this quarter (mid-fall), according to Eric Bird, External Reporting and Planning Manager of O’Reilly Auto Parts. (Edited to add: According to the signage outside of the store, they will open on August 31.
The store will be approximately seven-thousand square feet, which is prototypical store size according to Bird.
Bird said they expect to have eight to 12 team members at the store as they do at each location.
When deciding to open a store in Falls City, several factors went into the final choice. O’Reilly’s opens approximately 200 new stores each year across the country and do a great deal of research in determining where to open their stores.
“First, we look for growing and thriving markets with good job markets and a strong local economy where we can come into and partner with the local community to provide great customer service,” said Bird. “Every location involves a study of traffic patterns, the local competitive environment, as well as the number of mechanics in the area. We also look at our distribution model to ensure we will be able to service the stores and provide our industry-leading parts availability.”
The Springfield, Missouri based company began in 1957, has 5,344 locations in 47 states with 45 in Nebraska alone.
The publicly traded chain sells over 30 different categories of product, ranging from shocks and struts to batteries and brakes.