Big 10 Tires Inc. opened a retail outlet in March in Brookhaven, Ga., giving the Mobile, Ala.-based dealership 13 locations in the greater Atlanta area. The stores sell Bridgestone, Kelly, Michelin and Big 10 private brand tires.
Independence, Mo.-based Shamrock Tire Co. is adding 800 square feet to its only retail location.
The project, expected to be completed by May 15, will expand the store's showroom and customer waiting area and add an office, according to President Larry Elliott.
Mr. Elliott said the company also has purchased land adjacent to the store and plans to continue its expansion onto that property eventually.
``We like our location and can be more competitive here, so we're not looking to get another location,'' Mr. Elliott said, noting about 500,000 cars pass the store each week.
Cincinnati-based Michel Tire Co. acquired two stores in the greater Cincinnati area in January, bringing the total number of company retail outlets to 40.
The two new outlets, both of which were purchased from J*&*J Tire Co., are undergoing ``extensive'' renovations that will add new store fronts, display glass and showrooms, according to General Manager Stephen Deets. The renovations, he said, should be completed by the end of April.
Mr. Deets said he did not know why the two buildings were put up for sale and added he believes the locations are well-suited for retail outlets.
Michel Tire is expecting to open at least one additional retail outlet in an existing market within a couple of months, Mr. Deets said, and continues to explore additional expansion options.
Jack Williams Tire Co. has opened its 10th service center-a 5,000-sq.-ft., six-bay location-in Dallas, Pa.
The company said the new center offers a ``comfortable,'' well-furnished customer service area and features Kelly, Pirelli, Michelin, Uniroyal, BFGoodrich and Multi-Mile brand tires.
Moosic, Pa.-based Jack Williams Tire, founded in 1929, offers wholesale, retail, off-the-road and retreaded tires at its locations in northeastern Pennsylvania.
The firm recently became affiliated with the American Car Care Centers network.
Bauer Built Inc. is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding with special promotional events and programs throughout 1994.
Established as Bauer Oil Co. on April 18, 1944, by brothers G.F. ``Sam'' and Ray Bauer, the company opened its first Bauer Built Tire Center in 1946. It has grown into the 10th-largest commercial tire dealership in North America, based on 1992 sales.
Today, Durand, Wis.-based Bauer Built (it formally adopted that name in 1959) comprises nearly 50 different business operations in four states-Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota-including 22 tire and service centers, nine wholesale distribution centers and five retread shops.
Its most recent move, earlier this year, was to relocate its retread operations in Shakopee, Minn., to a site near its existing tire center and warehouse in St. Paul, Minn. The Shakopee location closed Feb. 28.
St. Louis-based Community Wholesale Tire has acquired the former Cost Plus Tire Sales Inc., a wholesale tire dealership in Kansas City, Mo., from former owners Bob Crouch and Eugene Beck Jr. It then merged the business with its own Kansas City branch operation, effective March 1, to form Community Cost Plus Tire Corp.
Mr. Crouch remains with the company as manager of the outlet; Mr. Beck is operating Beck's Tire Service Inc., also in Kansas City.
The merger gives Community Tire a greater presence in the Kansas City area, according to President Phil Berra, co-owner of Community Wholesale Tire. He added that Community Tire is consolidating the inventory of Cost Plus into the company's Kansas City warehouse.
Community Cost Plus will retain the El Dorado, Galaxy and Taurus brand passenger, light truck, farm and industrial lines previously offered by Cost Plus, adding them to the passenger and LT brands Community Tire offers: Hercules, Monarch, Uniroyal and Michelin.
Owner Eddie Sato and his wife, Jan, have sold their remaining shares in Sam's Tire Service to Goodyear and have retired after 43 years in the tire business.
Goodyear continues to operate the four passenger, light truck and specialty tire stores-two in Seattle and two in Tacoma, Wash.-under the Sam's Tire banner since the Jan. 14 transition, a Goodyear spokesman said.
Also of interest
Target Tire & Automotive Corp. introduced a computer ordering and distribution program to more than 170 of its dealers during the company's annual dealer meeting Jan. 22-23 at the University Hilton in Charlotte, N.C.
The program allows dealers to search through inventories, schedule shipment dates and order products by computer, according to Howard Stein, vice president of the Jacksonville, N.C.-based company.
Target Tire, a distributor and private brand marketer, currently is bringing its dealers on line with the system.
The computer system should significantly improve shipping efficiency for the company, Mr. Stein said.