Construction progressing on O’Reilly’s Auto Parts

Tim Barnum
A backhoe is used to move dirt around the construction site of the future O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Standish.

STANDISH — People driving down US-23 through Standish have likely noticed a lot of activity at the future site of an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

Fred Seeley, of Southfield and co-owner of Ludwig & Seeley Real Estate, is one of the owners of the property where the store is being erected. He said the store’s floor and most of the necessary underground work is finished. Seeley said parts of the pre-manufactured building were scheduled for delivery Sept. 30.

Seeley said the walls and other building parts should be erected fairly soon.

“It goes up pretty quickly because it’s a pre-engineered building,” he said.

Once the building exterior is finished, corporate employees from O’Reilly’s will take over the project, Seeley said.

“They inspect the job while it’s being built, then right around the first of December they’ll come in and take the building over,” he said.

Seeley said O’Reilly’s corporate would be responsible for stocking the interior and installing lighting. He said the store would probably open soon after that.

“I’m guessing they’ll be open sometime in January,” Seeley said.

Backmeier Const­ruction, of Flint, is the contractor on the project.

Seeley said he is not sure as to the number of employees or the types of employees that will be hired. A message left with O’Reilly’s corporate human resources department had not been returned as of press time.


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