MERIDEN — Plans for an auto parts store on the corner of East Main Street and Broad Street are moving forward.
An excavator was on site Friday. An O’Reilly Auto Parts representative said they hope to have the store open by the end of the year.
“As far as construction goes, we always want to move as fast as we can, but we’re also subject to timing and when we can get our contractors in and working,” said Mark Merz, O’Reilly’s vice president of investor relations, financial reporting and planning.
The company was founded in 1957 and operates over 5,000 locations nationwide, including stores in Southington, Waterbury and New Haven.
Last year, Gary Eucalitto, doing business as MCG Meriden LLC, purchased 518 Broad St. for $660,000 and 510 Broad St. for $115,000.
The two parcels will be merged for a 7,000-square foot building with 29 parking spaces.
At a recent Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee meeting, City Planner Bob Seale said a building permit is ready to be approved.
“We’re moving forward with permitting and construction phase now,” Merz said.
“We’d like to begin construction maybe this spring. At this point it’s probably sometime at the end of the year, at the earliest, we would be ready to open.”