ST. LOUIS — Telle Tire & Auto Centers has acquired Jerry's Tire Sales in Edwardsville, Ill., and a former Subaru car dealership in St. Louis, where it plans to relocate its headquarters.
Jerry's Tire is 45 minutes east of St. Louis and will expand Telle Tire's footprint into Illinois. With the two purchases, Telle will have 20 locations throughout the state of Missouri and in Illinois.
Jerry's Tire was founded in 1962 and owned and operated by brothers Brian and Keith Lee.
"Brian and Keith over the years have built a fantastic and loyal business with great associates. Their values and commitment to service align with Telle's culture," President and CEO Aaron Telle said.
"We approached Jerry's about five years ago expressing interest and have kept in touch ever since. Timing was finally right for both parties, and we are excited to have the opportunity to be stewards of the business and to build upon the successes of Jerry's Tire," Telle said.
The store in downtown Edwardsville is housed in a 9,400-sq.-ft. building with nine service bays and is capable of stocking up to 1,500 tires. He said Telle Tire will be retaining all nine associates.