SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 23, 2014) — Discount Tire/America's Tire opened six stores in four states in recent weeks, including two each in Illinois and Nebraska, only its second and third stores in the Cornhusker State.
The openings expand the Scottsdale-based retailer's network to 880 stores in 28 states.
In Nebraska, Discount Tire opened two stores in Omaha to go with one opened nearly a year ago in central Omaha.
Both stores, located in West Omaha about 6 miles from each other, are 6,947 square feet with 11 and 13 employees, respectively, including 11 new hires, the company said. The stores are managed by Carl Bennett and Phil Burch, both 17-year employees.
The new stores in Illinois, in Schaumberg and Hanover Park, are the dealership's 34th and 35th in that state.
The new stores cover 14,000 and 6,948 square feet, respectively, with 15 employees at the Hanover Park store. The dealership did not disclose the number of employees at the Schaumberg location.
Matthew Palmaymesa and Chris Bertone, 13- and 14-year Discount Tire veterans, respectively, manage the new outlets.
The other new stores are in St. Augustine, Fla., and Tyler, Texas.
The 6,947-sq.-ft. store in St. Augustine is Discount's first in that Atlantic Coast Florida city, but ninth in the Jacksonville metro area and 28th in the Sunshine State. Fifteen-year company veteran Bryan Griggs manages the store and its six employees.
The Tyler store, also 6,947 square feet, is the dealership's second in Tyler and 227th in Texas. Allen Pahlon, a 21-year Discount employee, manages the store and its 11 employees.
What is the most pressing issue facing your dealership in 2017?
|Finding skilled, qualified workers||
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|Competition from online tire sales||
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|Upgrading our shop’s technology and equipment||
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