O'Reilly Auto Parts

Work is nearly complete on the O'Reilly Auto Parts store in Schuyler, which is set to tentatively open its doors at the end of September.

O'Reilly Auto Parts is tentatively scheduled to open its doors in Schuyler for the first time in late September.

The store, right near Cobblestone Inn & Suites along Colfax Street in the north end of town, will tentatively open Sept. 28, according to O’Reilly Auto Parts District Manager Tim Mason.

“We’re super excited,” Mason said. “We’re really big on going into smaller communities.

An American auto parts retailer that provides automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories, O’Reilly is no stranger to Nebraska. The company has locations throughout the state, including in Columbus and Wahoo, the latter of which Mason said opened up just a few years ago.

The store in Schuyler already has its signature red paint on it, and on Monday, construction employees were out front working on various things near the site. Company officials are already actively looking to fill store positions. Mason said O’Reilly will hire eight to 12 team members (full and part-time positions) for a variety of roles, including store manager, assistant manager, retail service specialist, delivery specialist and merchandiser. To apply, visit OReillyauto.com/careers.

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“We feel like there is going to be a need for us there,” Mason said, noting he likes the idea of people not having to get on the highway and travel out of town if they need things done for their car.

Schuyler already boasts a NAPA Auto Parts location. Still, Schuyler Community Development Economic Development Coordinator/ Schuyler Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jackie Farrell said it’s encouraging that another major retailer has decided to open up in town. She also said it's always a benefit when a company brings new jobs to the community.

O'Reilly follows on the heels of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc., which earlier this year announced plans to build and open up just east of Cargill and across from The Scale House along Road E on the outskirts of town. The Love's location in Schuyler is still in the process of being built.

As for O’Reilly, Mason said the company is planning to have some sort of grand opening celebration. The details of that are still being worked out with the local chamber, but Mason said hamburgers and hot dogs will likely be grilled up for all to enjoy.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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Matt Lindberg is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the University of Kansas.

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