Burnsville, Minn.-based Tires Plus Groupe Ltd. plans to open four stores by the end of the year, bringing its total number of outlets to 60. The Midwest tire retailer is scheduled to open franchise locations in Hudson, Wis., Faribault, Minn., and Waterloo, Iowa, by the end of October. A six-bay corporate store is slated to open in Minneapolis in November, the company said.
Tires Plus recorded $74.5 million in sales in 1993.
Automotive Industries Inc. opened its fifth Wall Tire Distributors outlet in Augusta, Ga., May 1.
The six-bay, 6,000-sq.-ft. location sells Hoosier, Dayton, General, Falken, Pirelli and Michelin brand tires, custom wheels and performs most types of automotive service.
Automotive Industries, owned by Acorn Venture Capital Corp. of New York, operates 28 stores in Florida and Georgia under the names: Jim Martin Tire, Wall Tire Distributors, Mott Tire, Kehoe Tire and Daytona Discount Tire.
NASCAR Winston Cup series driver Greg Sacks helped Parrish Tire of Akron Inc., doing business as Feeney/McIntyre Tire Co., celebrate its relocation Oct. 14 with an autograph session.
With the move, Akron-based Feeney/McIntyre expanded its service space from one to 15 bays while retaining its previous location as a warehouse, according to owner Mike McIntyre.
The new location originally had been the site of a store owned by General Tire and then became a Tire Centers Inc. outlet, Mr. McIntyre said. Feeney/McIntyre Tire performs commercial and retail service and sells commercial, passenger and industrial tires. About 40 percent of the company's sales are wholesale, Mr. McIntyre said.
Mr. Sacks helped draw about 30 racing enthusiasts into the new Akron location.
Ken R. Braaten sold his 48-year-old Braaten Auto & Tire Service retail/commercial dealership to Prineville, Ore.-based Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. Oct. 1.
The single-location outlet, located in Corvallis, Ore., opened in 1946 as part of the O.K. Rubber Welders group and sold primarily Summit and Hankook brand tires, Mr. Braaten said.
Mr. Braaten sold the dealership to his son in 1970 and began working at the O.K. Tire Stores' Salem, Ore., retread plant.
He originally retired in 1980 but returned to Braaten Tire in 1991 when his son left the business to pursue other interests.
``At 76 years old, I felt it was time to let someone else take over my property,'' Mr. Braaten said.
With 251 retail outlets, Les Schwab Tire posted $401.9 million in 1993 retail sales. The former Braaten Auto & Tire location is the second Les Schwab outlet in Corvallis.
Frank Litton and brothers Mitch Thomas and Harlis Thomas bought Chilhowie, Va.-based Grant Commercial Tire Inc. from former owner Steve Grant, June 1.
The single-location, Bandag Inc. franchise retreads 88 truck tires per day, according to Mitch Thomas.
Harlis Thomas helped start the retread operation 18 years ago with Mr. Grant. Mitch Thomas worked for Grant Tire for the past four years, acting as general manager just prior to buying the franchise with his two partners.
Mr. Grant sold the business to pursue other interests, Mitch Thomas said.