Ventura, Calif.-based Parnelli Jones Inc. opened its first Parnelli Jones Express Tire Service store in the Kansas City, Kan., area Dec. 1. The 7,400-sq.-ft., eight-bay outlet, located in Overland Park, employs six and specializes in tires, alignment, brake and shock service, the company said.
Although the store is the first Parnelli Jones Express Tire Service store in the area, the company operates 12 Dobs Tire Stores in and around Kansas City. Parnelli Jones merged with Dobs Tires Inc. in 1993.
Combined, the company operates 94 stores in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.
Northwest Tire Factory Group Inc. held an open house in October for its recently constructed distribution center.
Located in Portland, Ore.'s ``Rivergate Industrial District,'' the 32,000-sq.-ft. building houses more than $1 million in inventory and provides warehouse, distribution and office space, according to Northwest Tire Factory Group co-founder Al Taylor.
The dealership marketing and buying group currently consists of 62 dealers throughout Washington and Oregon.
David Holmes, owner of Malvern Tire Co. in Malvern, Ark., recently completed a 3,500-sq.-ft. addition to his retail outlet.
The new construction, finished in November, added three service bays-giving the single-location retail outlet a total of five bays-and storage space, Mr. Holmes said.
Mr. Holmes began working at Malvern Tire in 1967 and purchased the business from its previous owner, J.O. Everette, in 1973.
Arkansas City, Kan.-based Miller's Metro 25 TIRE celebrated its 50th anniversary in August.
The company, founded by Lawrence Miller as Bungalow Tire in 1944, held an end-of-the-month prize drawing for customers to celebrate the occasion, according to Metro 25.
Mr. Miller's son, Jim, took over the business in 1979 and passed it on to his daughter, Karen Tharp, in 1991. Ms. Tharp said the promotion boosted sales 10 to 15 percent throughout the month of August.
Tires Plus Groupe's company-owned outlet in Apple Valley, Minn., received the Minnesota Shopping Center Association's 1994 STARR ``Projects of Excellence'' award for landscape and building design standards, according to the Burnsville, Minn.-based tire retailer.
The Apple Valley design, which will be used as a prototype for future Tires Plus outlets, incorporated a clock tower facade with a brick interior and limited overhead door access, according to Mark Read, Tires Plus project manager.
With 60 outlets in five states, Tires Plus expects to open about 15 company-owned and franchised stores by the end of next year, a spokeswoman said.