ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Warehouse Auto Centers Inc., bent on developing a chain of warehouse-style auto parts and accessories superstores, announced it will open its second location sometime in November. The company, which has operated a 29,500-sq.-ft. ``no-frills'' superstore in Rochester since April, will convert a 35,000-sq.-ft. former store site across from North Randall Mall in Cleveland.
The company said it also is negotiating to lease additional locations in the Northeast, with potential sites in Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., and a second site in Cleveland.
Warehouse Auto said it intends to cater to both professional mechanics and do-it-yourselfers by offering name-brand auto-motive products and tires at ``deep discount'' prices.
3 more tire makers declare price hikes
AKRON-Dunlop Tire Corp., Kumho U.S.A. Inc. and Sumitomo Tire Corp. have joined the latest round of tire industry price increases, which have averaged 3 percent, to offset rising raw material costs.
Dunlop will raise prices on all its tire lines by 2 to 3 percent, effective Nov. 1.
Meanwhile, Kumho said it will announce a price increase of 2 to 3 percent on all Kumho products sold in the U.S., effective Dec. 1.
Sumitomo also will raise its prices on Dec. 1 by 1.5 to 3 percent on all lines.
In September, several other tire makers, including Goodyear, Michelin Tire Corp. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., announced tire price hikes for this fall.
ARA to offer $100 to new TRIB members
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-In a special limited-time offer to help boost membership in the Tire Retread Information Bureau, the American Retreaders' Association is offering to pay any retreader or tire repairer $100 toward their first year's membership in TRIB.
The ARA offer is open to all retreaders and repairers, whether or not they are members of the ARA.
In announcing the offer, ARA President Michael Berra said ``ARA believes the industry needs an independent voice such as TRIB that can spread the good word through every type of media and answer some of the negative opinions that exist regarding the use of retreaded and repaired tires.''
General's Mayfield plant wins reprieve
MAYFIELD, Ky.-General Tire has announced it will no longer consider proposals to close its Mayfield tire plant after workers there set quality and production records for three months.
Officials of General's parent company, Continental A.G. of Germany, ``had their finger on the button'' to terminate passenger tire production in Mayfield, plant manager Gary Pyle said Sept. 8. But good monthly reports have ``moved their hand away,'' he said.
Last year, General lost a reported $30 million, and tire industry analysts attributed most of the red ink to Mayfield.
Pavia to participate in Big O assessment
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-Big O Tires Inc. announced that its investment committee, charged with evaluating alternatives for enhancing the tire dealership's value, will be assisted by Kenneth W. Pavia Sr., a general partner of Balboa Investment Group L.P. and the tire dealership's second largest shareholder.
Mr. Pavia had submitted the proposal, which won approval at the annual meeting of Big O shareholders last June, for engaging the services of an investment-banker and investigating ways to improve shareholder value.
NTDRA, ARA to talk cooperation in Nov.
WASHINGTON-Representatives of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the American Retreaders' Association will meet at the O'Hare Hilton in Chicago, Nov. 7, to discuss ways the two trade groups might work together.
In June, the NTDRA executive committee approved extending an invitation to the ARA for such a meeting.