O’Reilly’s Auto Parts plans to build in Griffith
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent March 2, 2013 3:58PM
Updated: March 2, 2013 6:27PM
GRIFFITH — A new aftermarket auto-parts store is coming to the town’s east side, bringing the total number of auto parts stores in the town to four.
Springfield, Mo.-based O’Reilly’s Auto Parts has purchased .08 acres of land at 600 E. Ridge Road, the site formerly occupied by Oasis Liquors. O’Reilly’s will reside next door to AutoZone, 722 E. Ridge Road, and across the street from Advance Auto Parts, at 725 E. Ridge Road.
Construction on a fourth car parts store, E-Motor USA Inc. out of Indianapolis, was supposed to be completed in the old Service Merchandise Building, 202 W. Ridge Road, at the end of 2012. It, however, will sell aftermarket body parts, said Griffith Clerk-Treasurer George Jerome, as opposed to interior parts.
Aaron McDermott, broker for Schererville-based Latitude Commercial, said O’Reilly’s closed on the property a month ago and expects to demolish Oasis and start building as soon as the weather breaks. The property passed all environmental testing.
Adding a third auto-parts store to the mix shouldn’t have any effect on the other stores’ business, according to McDermott.
“I would look at (having three same stores in walking distance) as CVS and Walgreens, or Home Depot and Lowe’s,” McDermott said. “The consumer is used to going across the street to another store if one doesn’t have what they need. It’s a pack mentality.”
Operating since 1957, O’Reilly’s has four stores in Northwest Indiana: two in Hammond, one in Merrillville and one in Crown Point.