O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (O’Reilly Auto Parts) history, profile and corporate video
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., also known as O’Reilly Auto Parts, is an American auto parts retailer headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, United States. It provides automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the U.S., serving both professional service providers and do-it-yourself customers.
The company was established in 1957 when Charles F. “C.F” and Charles H. “Chub” O’Reilly, with the help of 11 other employees/owners, open O’Reilly Automotive in Springfield.
In 1993, O’Reilly became a publicly traded company.
In 1998, O’Reilly acquired Hi/LO Auto Supply, adding a distribution center in Huston and 182 stores across Texas and Louisiana.
In 2001, Mid-State was acquired. This gave the company an additional 82 stores in five states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Kentucky, and two distribution centers in Nashville and Knoxville.
In 2005, the company acquired Midwest Automotive Distributors, Inc., adding two distribution centers located in Minnesota and Montana and 72 stores in six additional states: Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
In 2008, O’Reilly completed the largest acquisition in its history with the purchase of CSK Auto, adding 1,342 stores in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington; and four distribution centers in Phoenix, Detroit, Dixon, and Minneapolis. This acquisition, combined with past acquisitions, made O’Reilly the third largest auto parts chain in the country after Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone.
In 2012, the company acquired VIP Auto Parts, adding 56 stores with locations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and one distribution center in Maine.
In 2016, O’Reilly acquired the privately held Northeast automotive parts supplier Bond Auto Parts, adding 48 stores with locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, and one distribution center in Barre.
In 2018, the company purchased the Pompano Beach, Florida-based auto parts chain, Bennett Auto Supply.
In 2019, it acquired the Mexico-based company, Mayasa Auto Parts, adding 21 ORMA branded parts stores and six distribution centers.
With over 77,000 employees, 22 ORMA stores in Mexico, and more than 5,600 stores in 47 U.S. states, O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is considered one of the largest auto parts chains in the country. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the Top 2000 Largest Public Companies in the World.
*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and corporate.oreillyauto.com.
**Video published on YouTube by “O’Reilly Auto Parts“.