By MORGAN MANNS
After more than a year in the making, Fostoria’s newest auto parts store is now open.
O’Reilly Auto Parts, located at 435 N. Countyline St., will host a two-week long grand opening sale beginning today. Special deals such as lowered prices and buy one, get one free offers will be available on oil change kits, fuel system cleaners, engine treatments, socket sets and more.
Rewards members will also receive double points on items with special tags. The sale will last through Sept. 26.
In addition, a Customer Appreciation Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free coffee and free food will be provided to those visiting the store during these hours as well as free giveaways on items such as hats, coolers, cups, can openers, koozies and more.
A ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday and WCKY will be on site for a live remote.
The local auto parts store officially opened Aug. 5. Fostoria Planning Commission approved the site plan for the 7,150-square-foot structure in July 2016. Six houses in the 400 and 500 block of North Countyline Street were demolished shortly after in preparation for the 56,000-square-foot property. Ground was broken this spring.
“This is absolutely a good thing for Fostoria,” said store Manager Bill Ray, who has lived in Fostoria for more than 30 years. “We cater to a lot of other things than just automobiles and I think that’s a good thing for Fostoria.”
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional markets.
Offering a variety of odd and end items, Ray said the auto parts store sells anything one may need for auto care from air fresheners and light bulbs to air conditioning rechargers and all lines of oils and antifreeze all the way up to commercial semi-truck and tractor supplies.
The Fostoria location had a soft opening in August, however, Ray said he believes this grand opening and the events Saturday will help spread the word on all O’Reilly Auto Parts has to offer the community.
“Business has been steadily getting better. Not a lot of people knew we were here back (when we had the soft opening),” he said, noting the company has been doing a lot of advertising since then. “We wanted to get our feet wet first before we jumped in head first.”
Being a “big donation company,” Ray said he will present a $200 check to Pantry Plus of Seneca County on behalf of O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. Saturday.
Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the company operates more than 4,600 stores in 42 states — 162 of which are in Ohio. The corporation employs more than 73,000 people, and is the third-largest auto parts retailer behind Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone.
Fostoria’s O’Reilly Auto Parts is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call the Fostoria location at 567-245-4032 or visit https://www.oreillyauto.com/.