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 must be open in the summertime of 2022.

“This summer time is our purpose at this level, assuming we don’t have any kind of concern with building or allowing or anything,” Merz mentioned. “We’re trying ahead to getting it open, but it surely’s a course of. … We’d hope to have that location open someday this 12 months; tentatively, we’re trying on the mid-part of the 12 months proper now. However, you realize, generally there’s sudden delays with building that might push that again.”

The auto components chain has areas in 47 states and has 5,700 shops throughout the US, 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 situated. 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 totally different than each different auto components retailer that exists on the market,” Merz mentioned.

He mentioned the corporate takes satisfaction in hiring good individuals and having the stock that clients need.

“It’s actually two issues. It’s workforce members which have improbable customer support expertise and stock availability,” Merz mentioned. “We’re often known as an organization (that) is not going to say no, so when you are available in and also you’re in search of one thing, we’ll flip over each rock that can assist you — not solely determine what’s incorrect together with your automobile — but additionally discover the half for it.

Merz mentioned typical new shops shall be trying within the neighborhood of 10 to 12 new workforce members. He mentioned the corporate is all the time in search of new recruits.

“A very powerful factor for us is discovering that that particular person desires to deal with individuals, to assist individuals get their automobile fastened and their life again so as,” Merz mentioned. “In order that’s what we’re in search of. We are going to give them the coaching and instruments they should be profitable at their job, however in the beginning, it takes anyone who simply likes to deal with individuals.”

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 mentioned. “So the identical nice service and stock that you’ll find in any of our shops shall be obtainable on the one in Steamboat Springs.”

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