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Auto parts store, shopping plaza changes get OK along Route 19

| Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 11:43 a.m.

O'Reilly Auto Parts is coming to Cranberry.

Cranberry supervisors unanimously approved land development and conditional use on Nov. 3 of a 1.7-acre site along Route 19 to build an 8,075 square-foot building to house the Missouri-based O'Reilly Automotive.

The new retail building will sit at the vacant site of the former Gulf Oil gas station at 20541 Route 19, between Unionville and Ogle View Roads, said director of planning and development Ron Henshaw.

The property has been vacant for several years, Henshaw said, possibly because of its small size and former life as a gas station.

Cranberry Manager Jerry Andree said township staff, the property owners and developers worked together to find a way to make the property work.

“This was a rather unique site to fill in,” Andree said.

O'Reilly Automotive has more than 4,500 stores that sell auto parts to retail customers, professional installers and smaller distribution warehouses in 44 states, but only a handful in southwestern Pennsylvania. This is the first in Butler County and there are none in Beaver, Allegheny, Armstrong or Lawrence counties.

Henshaw said he is not sure when construction will begin for O'Reilly Automotive.

The board also approved plans to redevelop Cranberry Square Annex, a series of small shopping center outparcels along Route 19 that include Einstein's Bagels, Pier One, Jiffy Lube, Total Hockey, Theatre Extreme and the Vitamin Shoppe.

Local developer Dominic Gigliotti purchased the property and plans to redevelop the 3.5-acre site by adding a 3,850 square-foot restaurant in the middle along Nicklas Drive and a 3,500 square-foot addition onto the building housing Pier One and Total Hockey. The addition onto Pier One and Total Hockey will be split into two smaller tenant spaces, Henshaw said.

He'll also add more parking and a new access road to improve traffic circulation, improve stormwater management and update the exterior of the buildings to have a common theme, Henshaw said.

“We saved a great redevelopment project,” Henshaw said. “It's nice he's going to come in, freshen it up, liven it up and add some new users.”

Gigliotti developed Cranberry Heights residential development and the plaza that houses Buffalo Wild Wings and Party City along Route 19.

Rachel Farkas is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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