The steel frame for a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store is up in New Kensington.
Work is continuing on the store along Tarentum Bridge Road at Carl Avenue.
The store is scheduled to open this fall, said Nathanael Coram, a project administrator at the company’s headquarters in Springfield, Mo.
The rain has caused some slight delays, but “nothing insurmountable,” he said.
“The weather has not been super cooperative,” he said. “You run into some delays with weather on just about every project. The rain this year has been especially bad.”
Last year, New Kensington Council voted to change the zoning of a parcel along Carl Avenue that is part of the store’s site from residential to commercial.
Between 12 and 15 people will work in the 7,200-square-foot store.
The company has about 5,200 stores nationwide and has been expanding in the Northeast, Coram said. Pittsburgh-area stores include a location on Freeport Road in Harrison and Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills.
“We’re always adding new stores nationwide,” he said. “We’re trying to become the most dominant auto parts supplier in the country.”
Coram could not explain why O’Reilly would build a new store within sight of two existing competitors, Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone. He said they want to offer an alternative, with better pricing and a commitment to customer service.
“That’s really what sets us apart,” he said.
“We’re excited to open our new store and get in this market and serve the people of New Kensington,” Coram said.