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Cornelius News

Oh oh oh: O’Reilly Auto Parts coming to Hwy. 21

Jan. 23. O’Reilly Auto Parts ​got​ the green light​ from the Town Board​ to build a store​ on Hwy. 21​ in Cornelius​ just south of the Hampton Inn​. Construction could begin in early spring.​

O’Reilly, which dates back to the 1950s, has more than 5,000 stores across the country and revenues in excess of $9 billion.

Napa Auto Parts is located just a short distance north of the ​new O’Reilly store.

​Developer Lawrence Bearden of Lawrence Development in Davidson said he was glad to provide new jobs and develop long-vacant land.​

​Bearden said he hopes to have the store up and running by year-end.​ Site preparation for the​ 7,200 square foot store ​is already begun.​

​In other business

**The town board is reviewing a purchase offer/bid on the old Public Works Building on Starcreek Road, in an industrial area off Bailey Road. The offer is for $570,000. The Town purchased the land on Starcreek in 1996 for $64,500. The building was erected two years later at a cost of $363,173, according to Tyler Beardsley, assistant town manager. Anyone can raise the bid in the next 10 days within certain parameters, in this case roughly 5 percent , plus $100.

**The Town Board also officially turned Holiday Lane over to the NCDOT prior to the state awarding a contract for a roundabout at Catawba Avenue and Hwy. 21. Liverpool Parkway was also turned over to the NCDOT for improvements there as well.