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BLOOMINGTON - O'Reilly Auto Parts plans to open a store on Currency Drive in Bloomington this fall.

It could be the first of several in the Twin City market, said spokesman David Turney.

The auto-parts chain opened a distribution center in Indiana last year to aid its growth in the Midwest, he said. The center can handle up to 350 stores, Turney said, but it's currently supplying less than 100.

Only one O'Reilly store is planned in Bloomington right now, but "I'm assuming more would be coming," Tur-ney said.

The store sells a variety of auto parts and offers in-store maintenance services like oil changes and battery tests, among others. The store also rents tools.

The city issued a $425,000 building permit for an O'Reilly at 2 Currency Drive, Bloomington. Work has already started, said Bill Johnston of Johnston Contractors.

A firm opening date hasn't been set, and Turney didn't have dimensions on the building.

The Missouri-based chain has more than 1,600 stores in 25 states. The closest to the Twin Cities is in Lincoln. O'Reilly also has Central Illinois locations in Peru, Champaign and Peoria.

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