Charles F. "C.F" and Charles H. "Chub" O'Reilly, with the help of 11 other employee/owners open O'Reilly Automotive on December 2 in Springfield, MO. Sales the first full year totaled $700,000.
1964 - First Branch Store Opens
O'Reilly Automotive added its first branch store in Springfield, MO.
1975 - First Distribution Center & Corporate Office Opens
A major reorganization of company operations takes place at this time. Chub O'Reilly became president of Ozark Automotive Distributors, which moved into a new 52,000 square foot building with warehouse and office space at 233 S. Patterson, Springfield, MO. Charlie O'Reilly became president of the O'Reilly store division. David O'Reilly became general manager of the warehousing division in addition to overseeing the financial and computer departments of both companies. Larry O'Reilly became head of sales and acquisitions for both companies.
1978 - Dual Market Strategy is Born
O'Reilly develops the "dual-market strategy" business strategy enabling the company to maximize sales both in the professional "do-it-for-me" business and in the retail "do-it-yourself" market.
1989 - 100th Store Opens
O'Reilly opens its 100th store, 132-Barling, AR.
1993 - O'Reilly Becomes a Publicly Traded Company
By late 1992, the O'Reilly family decides to take their thriving company public. The initial public offering, April 22, 1993, of 2,333,332 shares of common stock on the NASDAQ market under the symbol ORLY was $17.50 per share.
1998 - Hi/LO Acquisition
January 30, 1998, O'Reilly undertook the largest expansion in its history at the time, with the acquisition of Hi/LO Auto Supply, nearly doubling in size. Headquartered in Houston, TX, the acquisition added a distribution center there and 182 stores across Texas and Louisiana.
2001 - Mid-State Acquisition
The O'Reilly sales footprint grew by five states with the Mid-State acquisition in the fall (October 1) of 2001. This gave the company an additional 82 stores in five states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Kentucky, and two distribution centers in Nashville, TN and Knoxville, TN. With the growth, O'Reilly advanced into the ranks of the top five auto parts chains in the nation.
2005 - O'Reilly Announces new CEO and COO
O'Reilly names co-presidents, Greg Henslee as chief executive officer and Ted Wise as chief operating officer. With the retirements (2002-2003) of Chub O'Reilly, Charlie O'Reilly, Rosalie O'Reilly Wooten, and Larry O'Reilly, Greg Henslee and Ted Wise take over daily operations. David O'Reilly remains active as Chairman of the Board.
The Midwest acquisition on May 31, 2005, takes O'Reilly halfway across the U.S.A. with stores in 25 states. Added were: 72 stores, two DCs (Minneapolis, MN, and Billings, MT), a presence in six additional states; Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
2007 - O'Reilly Celebrates 50 Years
In December of 2007, O'Reilly celebrates 50 years in the auto parts business with 1,687 stores and 14 distribution centers.
2008 - CSK Acquisition
The July 11 CSK acquisition brings O'Reilly to 40,000 team members and 3,200 stores in 38 states. Acquired were: 1,342 stores in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington; and four DCs in Phoenix, AZ, Detroit, MI, Dixon, CA (now Stockton, CA) and Minneapolis, MN.
2010 - New Corporate Headquarters
O'Reilly opens a new, 115,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters in Springfield, MO, on June 10. The expanded campus accommodates 650 team members in the newest building.
2012 - VIP Acquisition - Move into Northeast
The December 31 acquisition of VIP Auto Parts puts O'Reilly Auto Parts in 42 states. Acquired were: 56 stores in three states: Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; and one DC in Lewiston, ME (now Devens, MA).
2013 - Greg Henslee, President/CEO
Ted Wise transitioned from Co-President/COO to the role of Executive Vice President of Expansion. Greg Henslee becomes President/CEO on January 1.