Carrie Rengers

O’Reilly Auto Parts to open 15th Wichita-area store

An O’Reilly Auto Parts store similar to this one is going to open in Mulvane this fall.
An O’Reilly Auto Parts store similar to this one is going to open in Mulvane this fall. Courtesy photo

There are 14 O’Reilly Auto Parts stores in the greater Wichita area, and now Mulvane is going to get its own.

“Absolutely,” says spokesman Mark Merz. “We are working on a project there and hope to get it opened this fall.”

The store will be a typically sized O’Reilly store, which is approximately 7,200 square feet. It will be at 1240 N. Rock Road.

The company, Springfield, Mo.-based O’Reilly Automotive, doesn’t give specifics on opening dates until about 60 days before a store opens.

“We don’t want to disappoint anybody,” Merz says.

He says there are numerous factors the company considers when opening a new store. An important one is whether there’s an O’Reilly distribution center within 250 miles of the store. That’s because the company focuses on breadth, not depth, with its merchandise.

“So when the customer comes in, there’s a better chance we’ll have the part they’re looking for,” Merz says.

The company needs its distribution center handy because it restocks items five days a week.

O’Reilly is opening 190 new stores this year. As of late March, it had 4,888 stores nationally.

Merz says there are plans for other new Kansas O’Reilly stores this year, but the Mulvane store is the only one planned for the greater Wichita area for now.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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