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O’Reilly Auto Parts opening 1st store in Puerto Rico

Missouri-based auto parts retailer O’Reilly Auto Parts is opening its first store in Puerto Rico, on Route 2 in Hatillo, this media outlet learned.

The store is in close proximity to two other auto parts stores that it would be competing against: Pep Boys and Advance Auto Parts.

News is my Business reached out to the company and it had no comment, said Mark Merz, vice president of investor relations, financial reporting and planning.

Consequently, there is no information yet available on when the store will open, how many jobs it will create, the investment in that property, and if there are plans for more store openings throughout Puerto Rico.

O’Reilly Auto Parts is a publicly traded company and it has not spoken on any type of expansion into Puerto Rico yet. It will release results or its second quarter at the end of this month.

According to information about the project filed at the government’s Permits Management Office, the store spans a little more than 10,300 square feet and occupies a former freestanding Walgreen’s location across the avenue from the Plaza del Norte mall in Hatillo.

“The majority of our growth involves new construction of freestanding stores on real estate we own. However, we also consider build-to-suit, ground lease or building lease options,” the company said in its website’s real estate information page.

The project owner is registered in the Puerto Rico State Department as OPA Puerto Rico LLC and lists most of O’Reilly Auto Parts top management as administrators.

O’Reilly Auto Parts was founded in 1957 as a single store in Missouri and has grown into a business consisting of 5,512 stores in 47 U.S. states and 21 stores in Mexico and more than 80,000 team members, according to information the company has posted on its website.

Author Details
Author Details
Business reporter with 30 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.


  1. Edwin Wlker Acevedo July 13, 2020

    Donde puedo realizar una aplicacion de empleo para su compania. Vivo en el Pueblo de Hatillo Puerto Rico cerca del local.


    1. admin July 13, 2020

      Debe esperar a que lo anuncien oficialmente, probablemente mas tarde este mes.

    2. Alfred September 21, 2020

      Corporate Office: 1-417-829-5727

  2. Luis July 17, 2020

    Buenos dias, donde puedo solicitar para empleo

  3. Jessica Casanova July 20, 2020

    Cuál es la página para solicitar empleo. Gracias

    1. admin July 20, 2020

      No tenemos esa info, pero puedes verificar la página de ellos. Suerte.

  4. Angel Villafane July 22, 2020

    Aún no sale donde se aplica para empleo.

  5. Enmanuel July 23, 2020

    Estoy interesado, donde puedo solicitar, algún website?

  6. Francisco August 7, 2020

    I used to work in auto zone in the Bronx NY I have a lot of knowledge in the business.

  7. Edward Orengo August 7, 2020

    Hi I’m interested in finding a position in your new store I’m bilingual and I need to know how I can apply online thank you

  8. Alfredo September 7, 2020

    I’m a former O’Reilly Auto Parts employee in Florida i want to be transfer to that store in Puerto Rico… 🙂

  9. Carlos Rodriguez Camacho September 10, 2020

    Tengo un espacio en Ponce para ofrecerlo como opción de alquiler para O’Reilly. Me puedes dar la persona contacto de de O’Reilly o si tienen oficina central.

  10. Alfred September 21, 2020

    Hi, did you speak english, u need to call corporate office in MO .. here is the number

    Corporate Office: 1-417-829-5727

  11. Jennifer Pena September 29, 2020

    When is it going to open?

  12. Jorge Gonzalez October 10, 2020

    Recientemente pase por el local y vi que removieron el nombre. Fue cancelada la apertura de Puerto Rico?

    1. Michelle Kantrow October 11, 2020

      Gracias por la info. ¡Investigaremos!


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