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2/13/2009

O’Reilly makes largest store count leap with purchase of CSK.
 

Each year, Counterman magazine reviews the Top 20 store groups in the market to highlight notable acquisitions or changes over the past year. Last year saw the biggest changes in recent memory, with O’Reilly’s acquisition of CSK for $1 billion.

Announced in 2007, the deal was sealed in 2008, but the process of fully integrating CSK into O’Reilly isn’t expected to be completed until 2011. The purchase means that O’Reilly gained about 45 percent more stores in 2008 (the company opened 150 new stores and acquired 1,342 stores from CSK.) With that, O’Reilly’s maintains its strong position in third place, behind AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts, respectively.

O’Reilly reportedly will add four distribution centers in the western United States, which will provide converted CSK stores same-day or overnight delivery access to more than 116,000 SKUs. With the opening of 150 stores by AutoZone and 100 stores by Advance Auto Parts, the Top 3 Super Store chains combined make up nearly 70 percent of the Top 20 store count.

Uni-Select’s purchase of the mid-Atlantic division of Parts Depot raised its store count from 233 in 2007 to 321 in 2008.

While there was a lot of shifting around of stores due to acquisitions, overall Top 20 store count increased by 451 stores. In 2007, there were 14,965 stores, while in 2006, there were 14,340 Top 20 stores.

At press time, Autobacs Strauss, which operates retail stores in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Bethlehem, Pa., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Japanese retailer Autobacs Seven bought Strauss Discount Auto during its 2007 bankruptcy and renamed it Autobacs Strauss. Late last year, Autobacs Seven announced it would sever funding to Autobacs Strauss and called in its loans. Autobacs Strauss is expected to continue operating but will close underperforming stores, Reuters reported.

The full list of the Top 20 Super Stores can be found here:

Total Store Locations Represented by the Top 20
•  2004: 12,339     +4.3%
•  2005: 12,964     +5%
•  2006: 13,496     +4.1%
•  2007: 14,371     +6.2%
•  2008: 14,965    +4.1%
•  2009: 15,416    +3%

  Previous Comments
avatar   IDC   star   5/20/2009   5:16 PM

Are they talking about 3rd place in overall store counts, or 3rd place in sales. Either way I believe Autozone and Advance are still in the lead over O'Reilly's in both categories. They also offer free battery installation, bulb replacements, and diagnostic checks. O'Reilly's might need to step that up a bit if they want to beat their competitors. =/



avatar   T.J.   star   5/20/2009   2:53 PM

LET ME TELL YOU I WORKED FOR ADVANCE NOW I WORK FOR OREILLY'S I LOVE THE COMPANY AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR. GOT TEAM OREILLY WE NEED TO COME UP TO #1



avatar   JohnS   star   4/14/2009   9:25 PM

Oreilly loses a lot between the top and the bottom. Seems middle management, all with little business experience, enjoy taking full advantage of the lack of job opportunities. Making managers work 6 and 7 day work weeks, not because of situtations, but to enhance short term numbers, has become common. Many have no time for their families and their homes are unmaintained. I'm sure the numbers look good. They would look better if qualified managers were allowed to do just that....manage. Well, what goes around comes around.



avatar   JohnS   star   4/14/2009   9:24 PM

Oreilly loses a lot between the top and the bottom. Seems middle management, all with little business experience, enjoy taking full advantage of the lack of job opportunities. Making managers work 6 and 7 day work weeks, not because of situtations, but to enhance short term numbers, has become common. Many have no time for their families and their homes are unmaintained. I'm sure the numbers look good. They would look better if qualified managers were allowed to do just that....manage. Well, what goes around comes around.



avatar   Kevin   star   3/7/2009   11:36 AM

It's what we do best and thats guaranteed satisfaction everytime you step in any O'Reilly's Store.Where else would you want to be......?



avatar   JC   star   3/6/2009   2:24 PM

O'Reilly may be #3 in the amount of stores it has. However you can not overlook the fact, that they are #1 when it comes to customer service. Who in the automotive aftermarket can boast of a 50/50 mix other than O'Reilly? How do they do it you ask? Plain and simple. Customer Service! By giving each customer what they want when they want it, at a fair price with GREAT service. Who could ask for anything more!



avatar   Marshall   star   3/2/2009   10:26 AM

GO GREEN TEAM!!! I'm going to Disney World!!!



avatar   Brian   star   2/28/2009   4:28 PM

Oreilly #1



avatar   jay   star   2/26/2009   1:15 PM

i absolutely love this company !!!!!!!go oreilly !!



avatar   Mike    star   2/25/2009   11:08 AM

Way to go O'Reilly!!! It's good to see that the acquisition of the two Parts Depot locations here in Jacksonville was a good thing for all the employees that it affected. Especially seeing how Parts Depot went from 13 down to 20 and falling. That's what happens when you take a retail company and try to buy a Wholesale warehouse company the same size as you and run it into the ground!!! Watch out Advance we are knocking on your back door! Go Team O'Reilly!!!















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