SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 4, 2014) — Discount Tire/America’s Tire has opened six stores in five states so far this year, expanding the retailer’s network to more than 885 locations in 28 states.
The new stores are in Visalia, Calif.; Smyrna, Ga.; Tulsa, Okla.; Cleveland, Tenn.; and Mount Pleasant and Rowlette, Texas. The Scottsdale-based company, the nation’s largest independent tire retail dealership, did not disclose its investment in the new stores.
The new America’s Tire store in Visalia is the retailer’s 135th in California but first in this central California community about 40 miles southwest of Fresno. Jeramie Duncan, a 16-year company veteran, manages the 7,373-sq.-ft. store and its seven employees.
The new Discount Tire store in Smyrna is the retailer’s first in that city and 27th in Georgia. Jacob Pickens, a company veteran of 14 years, manages the store and its 10 employees.
The store in Tulsa is Discount Tire’s third tire store in Tulsa and its 13th in the Sooner State. Fourteen-year company veteran James Hopf manages the 6,947-sq.-ft. store, which has 15 employees, including 10 new hires.
Discount Tire’s store in Cleveland, Tenn., is the retailer’s 15th in Tennessee and first in the Cleveland, just east of Chattanooga. Alex Rachetts, a company veteran of 13 years, manages the 6,947-sq.ft. store and its 18 employees.
The new stores in Texas are the Scottsdale-based retailer’s 230th and 231st locations in the Lone Star State.
Vincent Smith, a 15-year company veteran, manages the 7,373-sq.-ft. Mount Pleasant store and its 12 employees, while Clint Farr, a 19-year veteran, manages the 6,947-sq.-ft. store in Rowlette and its five employees.
Discount Tire/America’s Tire recently earned a Harris Poll EquiTrend brand of the year honor in the auto service center category for the second straight year.
What is the most pressing issue facing your dealership in 2017?
|Finding skilled, qualified workers||
71% (103 votes)
|Competition from online tire sales||
16% (23 votes)
|Managing marketing and social media efforts||
7% (10 votes)
|Upgrading our shop’s technology and equipment||
5% (7 votes)
2% (3 votes)
|Total votes: 146|