Who we are

It started with a father and son - Charles Francis "C.F." and Charles H. "Chub" O’Reilly. Together they had the courage and confidence to venture out on their own. Along with 11 others who shared the same desire to offer great customer service and auto parts availability, the doors of O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. opened on December 2, 1957.

Now, more than 61 years later, the 77,000-plus team members at O’Reilly Auto Parts are proud of the company’s achievements over the years.

During our early years, we focused on sales and slow and steady growth. At the end of our first year, sales totaled $700,000, and by 1961 volume reached $1.3 million. For the first seven years of operation, there was one store in Springfield, MO, until the second opened in July 1964. In March 1975, annual sales volume rose to $7 million and a 52,000 square-foot facility was built in Springfield for the O’Reilly/Ozark warehouse operation. By that time, the company had nine stores, all located in southwest Missouri.

The long range plans and stability of the company were solidified by a public offering of company stock in April 1993. Since that time, the Company has grown through new store and distribution center openings, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions. O’Reilly currently operates stores in 47 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and distribution centers in 27 locations.

Dramatic changes in technology, inventory control, facilities, and sheer size mark the O’Reilly growth and success story. But, it is our spirit of teamwork - how important it was then and how important it remains - that drives our performance. The company’s values and culture that started with the original 13 employee/owners remain evident and strong as we expand and develop Team O’Reilly.

We serve two distinct customer bases - the professional (installer) customers who provide auto repair services to their customers (DIFM - do it for me), and retail "walk-in" customers (DIY - do it yourself). Our dual-market strategy continues to differentiate us from the competition and is a major factor in our ongoing success. Depending on a store’s professional versus retail customer mix, more than 95 percent of our locations have team members dedicated to our professional customers, offering them separate counters, phone lines, and a delivery fleet that totals 18,455 vehicles. We also have a professional sales team, consisting of territory sales managers and in-store sales specialists, responsible for calling on our professional customers and building sound business partnerships to ensure O’Reilly is the First Call for their auto parts needs.

"Our success starts with our culture, our commitment to customer service, and our promote from within philosophy. If you work hard and do a great job, you will have the opportunity to advance your career with our company. "

O’Reilly is full of successful career stories - people who started in entry level positions and with training, hard work, and dedication have moved up the career ladder. O’Reilly believes in a strong promote-from-within philosophy, encouraging you to grow your career along with the organization.

Our CEO, like a lot of O’Reilly leaders, started with the company on the ground floor. We have something not all companies can brag about - leaders who know the ins and outs of the company from having worked virtually every job.

We continue to be one of the fastest-growing companies in our industry with lots of opportunities for individual growth. Whether you are looking for a career path to run a store, manage a distribution center team, or climb the corporate ladder, O’Reilly has the opportunities you are searching for.

O’Reilly Automotive intends to be the dominant supplier of auto parts in our market areas by offering our retail customers, professional installers, and jobbers the best combination of price and quality provided, along with the highest possible service level.

In order to accomplish this mission, O’Reilly will provide a benefit and compensation plan that will attract and keep the kind of people that will enable the company to reach its goals of growth and success.


O'Reilly is committed to our customers and our team members


Focus your efforts on doing your best for the company


Let your passion and determination help you and O'Reilly succeed

Expense Control

Focus on controlling expenses at all times

Hard Work

Work harder and smarter than our competition

Team Work

Build and be part of a positive team


Take pride in your responsibilities and abilities as a professional parts person


Be honest in your dealings with O'Reilly, fellow team members, and our customers


Practice safe choices and healthy habits at work and at home


Treat others as you would like to be treated

Excellent Customer Service

Make it your priority to deliver extraordinary, above and beyond service

Win-Win Attitude

Work with a positive attitude to help everyone succeed

"The O’Reilly Culture is not just 12 words, it is a way of life. When we choose this way of life, we give O’Reilly the opportunity to be the dominant auto part supplier in all of our market areas. More importantly, our jobs turn into careers."

At O’Reilly Auto Parts, we place great value on our team members and the importance of working as a team to drive our company’s success. All full time team members are eligible for a benefits package that is designed to offer convenience and security to our team members and their families.

  • Medical - O’Reilly offers multiple medical plans with varying contribution rates, deductible amounts, co-insurance or co-pay amounts.
  • Dental - O’Reilly offers a choice of dental plans to eligible team members. Preventative services are covered at 100% on all plans.
  • Vision - O’Reilly offers a competitive vision care plan offering a nationwide network of providers. Covered services are exams, glasses, and contacts.
  • Life Insurance - After meeting eligibility requirements, full time team members are provided with a company paid life insurance plan and have the option of purchasing additional term life coverage or Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage for themselves and their dependents.
  • Disability - Short term and long term disability plans are available to offset lost income due to an accident or illness.
  • 401(k) Savings Plan - O’Reilly offers a 401(k) plan with company match. Roth and Traditional pre-tax 401k savings plans are offered.
  • Stock Purchase Plan - Team members may elect to purchase O’Reilly stock at a discounted price per share.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are available during the annual open enrollment.
  • Education Assistance - Following one year of FT employment, team members may be eligible for education assistance.
  • Accident - Accident insurance is available to provide lump sum cash benefits as a result of experiencing a covered accident and subsequent treatment.
  • Critical Illness Insurance - Critical illness insurance is available to provide lump sum cash benefits as a result of a covered critical illness.
  • Hospital Indemnity - Hospital Indemnity insurance is available to provide a lump sum cash benefit for up to 10 days when admitted to the hospital.
  • Legal Services - Team members may elect to enroll in a legal services plan that provides access to a nationwide network of attorneys to assist with matters such as wills, bankruptcy, traffic tickets, and much more.
  • Identity Protection - O’Reilly also offers an Identity Theft plan that will monitor your credit and identify possible fraudulent activity.
  • Team Member Purchase Discounts - O’Reilly team members may purchase products sold by the company at a special discount. Discounts vary depending on the product.
  • Discounts - O’Reilly offers access to a variety of discount programs such as BenefitHub, Access Perks and Tickets at Work.
  • Entitlements - Full-time O'Reilly team members will be awarded paid time off based on their years of service.
  • Holiday Pay - Eligible team members will receive six paid holidays each year.
  • O’Care Solutions - O’Reilly team members may seek services from the employee assistance program for a variety of personal needs including but not limited to counseling, legal, and financial assistance.
  • Wellness - Throughout the year O’Reilly offers a variety of programs to help our team members improve their overall wellness with the Live Life Well program.

At O’Reilly Auto Parts, we are committed to diversity and inclusion. Each day the people of our diverse communities come through our stores, distribution centers, or corporate office expecting and deserving the highest quality customer service and professionalism. Our team members, more than 68,000 strong, reflect the diverse population we serve. We want our stores, DCs, and corporate office to mirror the communities we work and live in. We have a commitment to inclusion and an understanding that our varied backgrounds and experiences are a source of great strength.

Having diversity is the opportunity for team members’ personal growth. Team members who acknowledge differences in their co-workers also often find similarities as well. This is particularly true when they share common goals, such as production and quality. Respect for co-workers reduces the likelihood of conflict and/or facilitates an easier road to conflict resolution.

As we interact with people from other cultures in the workplace, diversity helps remind us to honor beliefs and sensibilities that are not necessarily our own. Unless we become aware of cultural diversity in its many forms, relationships can die (or never begin) simply for the lack of understanding. As we build diversity, not only can we foster productive interactions and agreements, but it also allows us to construct bridges to trust, respect, and understanding across cultures and within a multicultural workplace.

We Live by Our Philosophy to Promote From Within

Company Timeline

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    1957 - O'Reilly Automotive Opens

    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.

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    1964 - First Branch Store Opens

    O'Reilly Automotive added its first branch store in Springfield, MO.

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    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.

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    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.

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    1989 - 100th Store Opens

    O'Reilly opens its 100th store, 132-Barling, AR.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    2008 - CSK Acquisition

    The July 11 CSK acquisition brings O'Reilly to 40,000 team members and 3,200 in 38 states. CSK is the parent company of Checker, Schuck's, Kragen and Murray auto parts stores. 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.

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    2010 - New Corporate Office

    O'Reilly opens a new, 115,000 square foot Corporate Office in Springfield, MO, on June 10. The expanded campus accommodates 650 team members in the newest building.

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    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).

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    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.

    O'Reilly celebrates 20 years on the NASDAQ.

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    2016 - Bond Acquisition

    On December 2, O'Reilly's 59th Anniversary, the company acquired the privately held Northeast automotive parts supplier Bond Auto Parts. Acquired were 48 stores in four states (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York), plus one distribution center in Barre, VT (eventually to combine with Devens, MA.) O'Reilly was now in 47 states!

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    2017 - New Co-Presidents, 5,000th store, & 60 Years

    In February, O'Reilly names Greg Johnson and Jeff Shaw as new Co-Presidents. Greg, former Executive Vice President of Supply Chain, and Jeff, former Executive Vice President of Store Operations and Sales, continue to report to Greg Henslee, who remains Chief Executive Officer.

    On October 20, 2017, O'Reilly opens its 5,000th store, 5245-Norwich, CT.

    December 2, 2017, the Company celebrates 60 years in the auto parts business with more than 75,000 team members in 47 states.

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    2018 - O'Reilly Announces new CEO, COO, and Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

    O'Reilly names Co-Presidents Greg Johnson as Chief Executive Officer and Jeff Shaw as Chief Operating Officer. Greg Henslee is named Executive Vice Chairman of the Board. David O'Reilly remains Executive Chairman of the Board.

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