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O'Reilly Auto Parts is an American auto parts retailer that provides aftermarket auto parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States that serve both professional service providers and customers do it yourself. Founded in 1957 by the O'Reilly family, the company operates more than 5,400 stores in 47 states and 20 stores in Mexico. O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. officially started the auto parts business with a single store in Springfield, Missouri in December 1957.Michael Byrne O'Reilly emigrated to America in 1849, settled in St. Louis, worked his way through school to get a law degree, then pursued a career as an address examiner. His son, Charles Francis O'Reilly, attended a college in St. Louis and went to work in 1914 as a traveler for Fred Campbell's Auto Supply in St. Louis. By 1924, Charles had become familiar with the Springfield area, having travelled by train to sell auto parts throughout the territory. By 1932, he became director of Link Motor Supply in Springfield, joined by one of his sons, Charles H. (Chubb) O'Reilly. Together they helped make Link store the dominant auto parts in the region. In 1957, Link planned a reorganization, which included the retirement of 72-year-old Charles F. O'Reilly, and the transfer of Chub O'Reilly to Kansas City. The two made the decision to form their own company, O'Reilly Automotive, and a company they opened in Springfield on December 2, 1957, with one store and 13 employees. Their total sales were $700,000 in 1958, the first full year of business. By 1961, the company had a combined size of $1.3 million – the combined size of O'Reilly Automotive distributors and Ozark Automotive, a division formed to serve the region's independent car workers. In March 1975, annual sales rose to $7 million, and a 52,000-square-foot facility was built to operate the O'Reilly/Ozark warehouse. By then, the company had nine stores, all located in southwest Missouri.