Adding another item to the list of the happenings around Brady, it was announced this week that O’Reilly Auto Parts has plans to open a new store on the property currently occupied by the vacant Shuffield No. 2 nursing home on South Bridge Street, across the highway from McDonald’s. News of the property closing became public knowledge this week and according to local real estate agent James Long, a developer from Louisiana has purchased the property and is in the process of planning for asbestos abatement and demolition. Dave Turney, a spokesperson with O’Reilly Auto Parts based in Springfield, Mo., told the Brady Standard-Herald Wednesday that the company has formal plans to lease a building constructed on the site and open a new store in Brady sometime in early 2008. He also stated that O’Reilly will be expanding its national chain with the completion of a new distribution center that will be located in Lubbock. O’Reilly currently has more than 1,700 store locations throughout the country in 26 states and has plans for 170 additional stores to open in 2008. “We have begun to focus on the areas in and around West Texas,” said Turney, “that is evidenced by the new distribution center and the various stores that will be opening in places like Brady.” On April 23, 1993, the company completed an Initial Public Offering of common stock, and it now trades in the NASDAQ system under the symbol ORLY. On Jan. 30, 1998, O’Reilly merged with Hi/LO Auto Supply, adding 190 auto parts stores in Texas and Louisiana, as well as a distribution center in Houston. The Hi/LO acquisition made O’Reilly one of the top 10 auto parts chains in the country then and it has continued its growth since.