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O’Reilly Auto Parts has great plans for El PasoO’Reilly’s move into the Lower Valley continues a recent trend. “Obviously, there is a lot of opportunity here,” Santillana said. “It’s our first step going farther west. We want to be nationwide.”O’Reilly is competing against Checker Auto Parts, which has 18 stores in El Paso County, and AutoZone, which has 21 stores in the area, according to those companies’ Web sites. Those stores are at 8181 Alameda at Yarbrough and 120 S. “They’re also giving people jobs. When it fulfills its plans of having 20 stores, it will have more than 200 local employees, Santillana said. The company plans to build and open two stores in the Northeast within three or four months. Those stores will be at Dyer and Hondo Pass, and Trans Mountain and Dyer, Santillana said. Lower Valley residents Adolfo Zavala and Adolfo Zavala Jr. were shopping at the O’Reilly store at Alameda and Little Flower last week, and both said they were impressed.

“It’s great to have them,” Zavala Jr. said. “They are a Fortune 500 company that is making a big investment in our community. It’s better than a lot of secondhand stores or thrift shops.”O’Reilly also sells quality products and “they stand behind them,” Zavala Jr. said. “They treat their employees well, and it’s reflected in the customer service.”Zavala Sr. “Their prices are very good, very competitive. They also deliver. As for their deliveries, they are very prompt and professional. I haven’t had any problems with getting the wrong part. It makes my job easier.”Valenzuela said O’Reilly’s presence in El Paso gives consumers and business owners a choice and “you go with what pays off for you.”Santillana said the company’s culture of emphasizing customer service, stores staffed by parts specialists and promoting from within help the company stand out. O’Reilly was founded in 1957 and is publicly traded. Sales totaled $2.28 billion in 2006, according to the company’s Web site. Piedras.The Missouri based chain plans to eventually have about 20 El”Paso stores.

The company employs about 35 people in El Paso and plans to employ more than 200 eventually.org Helps Find Safer ProductsNEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire USNewswire/ gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods was unveiled on a new website today to help identify potentially harmful products and safer ones.”People assume that if a product is on store shelves, that it’s safe; unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth. While we wait for urgent reform of federal chemicals regulations, it’s fallen on us to become educated on how to protect ourselves and our families from toxic chemicals in our homes, schools and hospitals,” explains Mike Schade, with Work Group for Safe Markets and Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ). “We’ve been sounding the alarm on toxic chemicals in back to school products, including lunchboxes, backpacks made from vinyl, a plastic with many hazardous ingredients like phthalates, linked to asthma and reproductive harm. “Here at CPA, we’ve developed the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals to help manufacturers and retailers choose safer chemical ingredients. This and our BizNGO Guide to Safer Chemicals help businesses make better chemical choices.”