Geldhof Tire & Auto opened its third retail/commercial outlet Sept. 1, according to Ted Geldhof, president of the Ionia, Mich.- based company. The new, seven-bay facility, located in Greenville, Mich., had been the site of Superior Tire Inc. Mr. Geldhof did not release the name of the previous owner.
Kevin Hole is managing the new location, which is a full automotive service outlet primarily selling Kelly-Springfield tires. Mr. Geldhof's sons, Rich and Scott oversee Geldhof Tire's Ionia and Charlotte, Mich., stores respectively.
Assiniboia, Saskatchewan-based A.J. Karst Distributors Ltd., which operates an automotive service outlet as Petro Canada, formed Karst's Holdings Ltd. and now operates a retail/wholesale tire store also in Assiniboia.
The new, five-bay location, operating as Karst's Tirecraft, performs full automotive service and sells new tires. Petro Canada has quit selling tires, according to Darrin Karst, manager and co-owner of the outlet with his father, Alvin, and brother, Tracy.
Karst's Tirecraft, which opened March 14, is an associate dealership of Edmonton, Alberta-based Tirecraft Auto Centers Ltd. TIRE BUSINESS ranked Tirecraft the 17th largest North American dealership in 1993 according to total retail outlets. The firm said it has 25 company-owned and 40 associate locations in western Canada.
Carter Tire & Auto in Fayetteville, Ark., moved Sept. 26 into a newly constructed 8,000-sq.-ft. building to cut down on rental costs, according to owner Neal Carter.
The 25-year-old Goodyear dealership has 10 automotive bays, Mr. Carter said.
In June, Toronto, Ohio-based Five Star Complete Automotive became the first American Car Care Centers Inc. dealer in that state.
The three-bay, 27-year-old dealership, owned by Sam Hardorn, performs automotive service, custom exhaust jobs and four-wheel alignments.
Five star is the 750th dealer location in the U.S. to join the ACCC marketing and distribution group, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in August.