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Former post office demolished for auto parts store in St. Charles

Published: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 11:47 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 10:43 p.m. CDT
(Ashley Sloboda –
An auto parts store is planned for the former John E. Grotberg Post Office Building site in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – A former post office in St. Charles is being demolished to make way for an auto parts store.

The United States Postal Service recently sold the John E. Grotberg Post Office Building to St. Charles Partners LLC for $900,000, according to documents filed Aug. 6 with the Kane County Recorder's Office.

Located at 1405 W. Main St. near the Valley Shopping Center, the post office was named after U.S. Rep. John E. Grotberg of St. Charles. Grotberg served in the Illinois General Assembly for 12 years before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984. He died in 1986 at age 61.

Soon, the post office will be gone.

Robinette Demolition Inc. began demolishing the structure on Aug. 6 and should be finished sometime this week, said Traci Henderson, who is overseeing the work.

Grobmar Investments, a Vernon Hills-based retail shopping center developer, intends to develop the site for an O'Reilly Auto Parts store, said Carol Thoen of the company.

"We're still bidding out for a general contractor," she said.

Based in Missouri, O'Reilly Auto Parts operates more than 4,000 stores in 42 states and is adding 190 locations this year, according to its website.

Although it has stores throughout the Chicago suburbs – including nearby West Chicago, Elgin and Aurora – its website indicates this will be the retailer's first shop in the Tri-Cities.

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