Bruneel Tire Co. moved one of its Lewiston, Idaho, retail outlets in early March into a recently constructed building, according to Craig Bruneel, vice president of operations. The eight-bay facility is more modern and allows the company to more fully use its exterior signage, some of which had to be adapted at the previous site to fit the format of the shopping center where it was located, he said.
Bruneel Tire has 12 retail outlets, three associate dealers, two commercial centers, two warehouses, a commercial retread and a passenger retread plant, all in Idaho.
Camden, N.J.-based Reliable Tire Co. moved its warehouse from Hartford, Conn., to East Hartford, July 11.
Branch manager Ray Glover said the newly constructed, 40,200-sq.-ft. facility is twice the size of the old warehouse and offers room for inventory expansion. The wholesale operation also has branch offices in Dallas, Houston, Elk Grove Village, Ill., and College Park, Ga.
Reliable Tire handles BFGoodrich, Firestone, General, Hallmark, Hoosier, Michelin, Pirelli and Spartan brand tires.
The warehouse's new number is (203) 289-8880; its toll-free number remains (800) 622-1442.
Bay Shore, N.Y.-based Wholesale Tire Co. Inc. opened its first outlet in Manhattan in February, giving the commercial/retail operation 13 locations in New York.
The 10,000-sq.-ft. Manhattan outlet has eight service bays, according to Phil Burke, vice president of retail operations.
About 2,000-sq.-ft. of space in the new store is allocated to tire and parts storage, Mr. Burke said.
Wholesale Tire sells Michelin, BFGoodrich and Pirelli brand tires, and is a member of the Memphis, Tenn.-based American Car Care Centers Inc. marketing group.
D&B Sales Inc. owner Phil Stevenson closed his Jonesboro, Ark., outlet in July after deciding to become part owner of Sign Systems Inc., a sign design and manufacturing company.
Mr. Stevenson, whose father and uncle opened D&B Sales in 1960, became full-owner of the retail-commercial-farm tire sales and service operation in 1981. In April, he helped open Sign Systems.
Mr. Stevenson said he had become disenchanted with the tire business as it became more and more necessary to perform service work to make a profit.
``I grew up in the tire business,'' he said. ``If I wanted to be an auto mechanic, that's what I would have been.''
Moosic, Pa.-based Jack Williams Tire Co. opened its 11th location Aug. 1.
The dealership took over the site of a former independent Firestone dealership owned by Art Berry III, who decided to pursue other interests, according to David Petz, Jack Williams Tire's director of advertising.
The 6,500-sq.-ft., seven-bay Jack Williams Tire & Auto Service Center is located in Mount Pocono, Pa., about 25 miles southwest of Scranton.
The company, which is a member of the American Car Care Centers marketing group, planned to hold a grand opening for the Mount Pocono store Aug. 20, Mr. Petz said.