O’Reilly Auto Parts has begun construction on a new distribution (DC) center in Twinsburg, Ohio, and has purchased an existing DC in Lebanon, Tennessee, the company recently announced.
The 405,000-square-foot “ground-up” facility in Twinsburg will service approximately 275 stores, said O’Reilly Chief Operating Officer and Co-President Jeff Shaw, during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.
O’Reilly expects the Twinsburg facility to open in the fourth quarter of 2019, he noted.
“We’ve now reached the point where additional DC capacity is necessary to support continued store growth in this region of the country while also freeing up capacity in our existing distribution centers to allow us to take advantage of opportunities to backfill stores in existing markets,” Shaw said. “ … In addition to adding overall capacity, the placement of this DC allows us to further leverage this investment by providing multiple same-day service to the approximately 130 stores in the important Northern Ohio market.”
Currently, O’Reilly’s distribution centers in Indianapolis and Detroit service its stores in Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, according to Shaw.
O’Reilly also announced that it has purchased an existing facility in the Nashville suburb of Lebanon, which will replace its existing leased DC in Nashville. The 410,000-square-foot Lebanon DC will have capacity to service 300 stores, according to Shaw.
“Nashville and its surrounding markets have been very strong, growing markets for us, and the additional capacity in our new Nashville DC will allow us to take advantage of continued profitable growth in the region and accommodate a broader SKU capacity to provide even better breadth of hard-to-find parts to our store teams in this market,” Shaw said during the conference call.
Shaw emphasized he has confidence in O’Reilly’s distribution operations team, “who have proven time and time again their effectiveness in planning, building and seamlessly opening new distribution centers, often successfully executing multiple DC projects at the same time.”
“With the dedication and support of this team, we’re confident these projects will roll out with the same degree of efficiency that our past projects have delivered,” he added.