O’Reilly Auto Parts store to open on Arsenal Street in November

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WATERTOWN — The former Rite Aid store on Arsenal Street will reopen this fall as an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

Months ago, work abruptly stopped on the auto parts store, leaving city officials to wonder what happened.

But a sign went up on the building earlier this week, some work on the exterior is getting done and a man who was hired there said Friday that he was told the store would open in November. Some electrical work also must be completed.

Dana Aikins, the city’s code enforcement supervisor, said the building permit is still good but some building inspections are still needed.

“It looks like it’s moving forward,” he said.

A change in ownership of the property caused a delay in the project proceeding. In August, the new owner, Dennis Wood, of Haskell, Oklahoma, said he hoped that the Missouri-based chain would still set up in the 11,000-square-foot space at South Massey and Arsenal streets.

Mr. Wood purchased the building under WTOL Arsenal LLC for $1,622,250 at a foreclosure auction in May. The building and 1.01 acres is assessed at $2,234,000.

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