Beecher Falls, Vt.-based Bruce's Tire and Repair has became a Tire Warehouse Central Inc. franchisee. The business, owned and operated by W. Bruce Tibbetts, sells new, used and retreaded tires, custom and OE wheels. It also offers brake, shock, front-end and under-the-hood repairs. The company, which will use the Tire Warehouse name, is looking to add an auto parts inventory.
Tire Warehouse operates 25 company-owned tire stores, 20 auto parts businesses, a wholesale location and 17 franchise operations. The firm said it plans to add 12 more locations by the end of the year.
North Little Rock, Ark.-based Fleet Tire Service opened its second outlet in Little Rock, bringing its total number of locations to five.
The four-bay store previously had been the location of Asher Avenue Tire & Service Center but was vacant when Fleet Tire Service took over, according to Jay Perryman, store manager.
Fleet Tire sells retail passenger and light truck tires and performs brake, front-end and shock service, he said.
Mark Gifford and Carl Blackstone purchased Berryville, Ark.-based Quality Tire from James and Kathy Newell April 1, immediately posting the best sales month in the outlet's history, Mr. Gifford said.
Quality Tire sells Multi-Mile, TelStar, Cooper and Yokohama brand passenger and light truck tires and performs alignment, brake, shock and radiator service.
The Newells are no longer in the tire business, according to Mr. Gifford, who had been Quality Tire's service manager since it opened in 1986.
Ed Lindsey, who founded Dublin, Ga.-based Dublin Tire Co. in 1947, was recently named ``Senior Citizen of the Year'' by the Elks Lodge in that city for his work with recovering alcoholics.
Mr. Lindsey, 78, who no longer owns but still works at Dublin Tire, said he has been helping alcoholics and drug abusers kick their habits for the past 45 years.
``I never refused to help an alcoholic, and I never will,'' Mr. Lindsey said.
O.K. Tire Store in Kelowna, British Columbia, made a $2,000 donation to that city's new Children's Charity Fund, which helps handicapped and under-privileged children attend school.
The 40-year-old, 10-bay dealership held a fund raising auto show on its property that included 1/4-mile race cars, motorcycles and a car-crushing tracked vehicle, according to owner Larry Stranaghan.
The $20,000 Children's Charity Fund was created, in part, by ``The Lizard'' C-KLV, a local radio station, which broadcasted live from O.K. Tire's March 6 event.
Mr. Stranaghan said the fund raiser drew between 600 and 800 people who contributed through donations or store purchases earmarked for the charity.