O’Reilly Auto Components drives into Steamboat Springs market

O’Reilly Auto Components plans to open a retailer in Central Park Plaza in Steamboat Springs.
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The previous Sears Hometown location in Steamboat Springs will now home a nationwide auto components chain.

O’Reilly Auto Components spokesperson Mark Merz has confirmed that the corporate will open a brand new retail location in Steamboat Springs and needs to be open in the summertime of 2022.

“This summer time is our objective at this level, assuming we don’t have any sort of problem with development or allowing or the rest,” Merz stated. “We’re trying ahead to getting it open, but it surely’s a course of. … We might hope to have that location open someday this yr; tentatively, we’re trying on the mid-part of the yr proper now. However, you recognize, typically there’s surprising delays with development that would push that again.”

The auto components chain has places in 47 states and has 5,700 shops throughout america, together with Alaska and Hawaii. The chain additionally has 20 shops in Mexico.

The Steamboat retailer will take over the spot the place Sears Hometown Retailer was positioned. That enterprise, which had loved a 46-year run in Steamboat, moved to Laramie, Wyoming, in April of 2021.

“We consider that we’re completely completely different than each different auto components retailer that exists on the market,” Merz stated.

He stated the corporate takes satisfaction in hiring good folks and having the stock that clients need.

“It’s actually two issues. It’s staff members which have incredible customer support expertise and stock availability,” Merz stated. “We’re referred to as an organization (that) is not going to say no, so for those who are available in and also you’re searching for one thing, we’ll flip over each rock that will help you — not solely work out what’s improper along with your car — but additionally discover the half for it.

Merz stated typical new shops might be trying within the neighborhood of 10 to 12 new staff members. He stated the corporate is all the time searching for new recruits.

“Crucial factor for us is discovering that that particular person desires to maintain folks, to assist folks get their car fastened and their life again so as,” Merz stated. “In order that’s what we’re searching for. We are going to give them the coaching and instruments they have to be profitable at their job, however initially, it takes anyone who simply likes to maintain folks.”

O’Reilly Auto Components has simply over 110 shops in Colorado, together with shops in Kremmling and Craig.

“We’re a customer support firm that simply occurs to promote auto components,” Merz stated. “So the identical nice service and stock that you could find in any of our shops might be out there on the one in Steamboat Springs.”

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