MANATEE -- O'Reilly Auto Parts has closed on a deal for 3.4 acres to build a new store in Bradenton.
O'Reilly paid $550,000 for land at 2925 First St. E./115 30th Ave. E., from Gerald Sapp, according to property records. The Springfield, Mo., company plans to build a hub store that will serve other O'Reilly's planned for Bradenton and Sarasota. The store is scheduled to open in late summer, said Mark Merz, a spokesman for O'Reilly.
Merz told the Herald in December the store would be about 10,000 square feet and also has plans to build an 8,400-square-foot store at 1290 N. Washington Blvd., arasota. The Bradenton store will double as a parts store and a warehouse to send parts to other stores.
Manatee County Building and Development Services approved the site plan in December for the Bradenton store, said Barney Salmon, planner for Manatee County.
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The chain was started in 1957 with a lone store in Springfield, and has expanded to more than 4,000 locations in 42 states. It remains family owned with David O'Reilly as the chairman of the board.
O'Reilly already has about 100 stores in Florida.
As part of the agreement, Sapp cannot sell his land in his commercial subdivision on that block to O'Reilly's competitors, including Advanced Auto Parts, AutoZone, CarQuest, NAPA and PepBoys, according to documents filed with the Manatee County Clerk.
Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter@ImYourChuck.