Old dealership to become new location for O’Reilly Auto Parts in Quitman

By Larry Tucker
editor@wood.cm
Posted 5/12/22

The Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) board moved through a short agenda Monday night, but took no action on any matters requiring a vote.

Executive Director Rodney Kieke informed the board …

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Old dealership to become new location for O’Reilly Auto Parts in Quitman

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The Quitman Development Corporation (QDC) board moved through a short agenda Monday night, but took no action on any matters requiring a vote.

Executive Director Rodney Kieke informed the board that O’Reilly’s Auto Parts is progressing on building its new location in Quitman at the site of the original Jackson Chevrolet dealership. The building will be demolished and new facilities constructed on the corner of S. Main and Stephens St. next to the entrance of Jim Hogg City Park.

Kieke reported this is the first meeting in several months that there were no applications for signage and façade grants. There is still some money left for grants, but the program has been a success for the QDC and several local businesses.

The board discussed the continuing progress of Stitchin’ Heaven in the Quitman Business Park. The new warehouse is already being used and the retreat center and cabins have been used during recent events. Stitchin’ Heaven continues to grow and have activities which bring people to Quitman on a consistent basis. 

Kieke updated the work on the new convenience store just west of town on Hwy. 154. The owner wants a six inch water line for the facilities. Plans are for a convenience store, laundromat and Little Caesar’s Pizza. There are no plans for gas pumps. The owner also wants to build 50 apartments behind the convenience store. “They do have big plans for the location,” Kieke noted. 

The board briefly discussed the possibility of having murals on buildings in the city. QDC President Martha Scroggins wants to see the project done. “I think we have the perfect location for a mural at the Quitman Police Department. The location is good because people can see it as they enter the downtown area,” Scroggins added.

They talked about working with Wood County Unity Mural Project which is an effort to put murals on buildings throughout the county. “This is a group that has gotten together to work in the county targeting locations for murals,” Kieke said.

The board talked about the need for something to be done on downtown sidewalks. Brad Medlin noted there is not wheelchair access in the downtown area. The board is looking at a sidewalk study which had previously been done. The board will continue to look into ways to improve the sidewalk problem.

The next meeting will be June 13 at Quitman City Hall.