CINCINNATI, Ohio (Dec. 18, 2013) — Tire Discounters Inc. is targeting Tennessee as the next phase of its ambitious growth strategy, with as many as five stores set to open in the Nashville area in the first half of 2014 and a half-dozen or more other locations in the works by early 2015.
The Cincinnati-based dealership’s push southward is on top of its plans to open as many as a dozen stores in Kentucky and Ohio over the same time period.
Tire Discounters anticipates opening locations in Bellevue, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Mt. Juliet and Smyrna, Tenn., during the first half of 2014 with at least a dozen total locations planned for the Nashville region over the next 15 months. The first store will be open by spring.
The dealership said it expects to hire more than 120 Nashville-area residents to operate the stores.
The Nashville-area locations will feature Tire Discounters’ open-plan “store of the future” design, which the company describes as a “clean, contemporary environment customers enjoy spending time in.” The store construction incorporates eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient technology, including LED lighting and light-reflecting roofing, energy-efficient glass and recycled rubber materials in landscaping.
Tire Discounters Owner and Founder Chip Wood resides in Tennessee and is “dedicated to bringing Tire Discounters to his friends and neighbors,” said Jamie Ward, executive vice president. “We know when Nashville-area residents are invited into a Tire Discounters, they'll be entering an entirely different tire store experience.”
The dealership did not comment on the investment budgeted for this expansion. All the new stores will be new construction, the dealership said.
Tire Discounters’ other green initiatives include recycled oil and tire programs, nitrogen tire inflation and the choice of Valvoline NextGen semi-synthetic recycled motor oil as its preferred oil in all locations.
Tire Discounters operates 87 retail locations throughout southeastern Indiana, Kentucky and central and southwestern Ohio, making it the ninth largest independent tire dealership in the U.S. by store count, according to Tire Business' calculations.
Among the competition Tire Discounters will face in Nashville are: Firestone Complete Auto Care with 21 stores in and around Nashville; American Tire Co., 12 stores; Discount Tire, 12 stores; Gateway Tire & Service Centers, 10 stores; National Tire & Battery, nine stores; and Best One Tire & Service, four stores.