The empty lot sitting between McDonald's and Dairy Queen will be the site of new construction in Glasgow. O'Reilly Auto Parts has purchased the lot and construction was due to break ground on May 17, but has been held up for a short while.
Work should begin soon. The store manager has already been chosen and the family will be moving from Billings. District Manager for Central Montana Randy Blackmore explained that Glasgow was selected for a location because of the growing population and the location in the state. Blackmore said the company, which owns and operates its stores, did its homework before choosing the location.
Stout Contractors, out of Salt Lake, Utah, was selected as the general contractors on the project. The building permit has already gone through the city and the project is expected to be complete by mid-August, officials said.
The store opening is expected by the first week of September. The store will employ between six and 10 workers.
Only one other store is in the northeastern part of the state in Havre. Other locations nearby are in Williston, Dickinson and Miles City. Blackmore said that the company is slowly moving towards the eastern side of the state.
The business will bring some competition to Carquest, which sits only a block from the location. That competition can be good for the local shoppers.
“Competition is good for everybody; it's healthy,” Blackmoore said.
He added that they like to work with competitors and help customers. When the store opens, a grand opening will provide customers with free giveaways and a chance to check out what the new store has available. Details of the grand opening will come at a later date.