Burnsville, Minn.-based Tires Plus Groupe Inc. plans to open 10 corporate and six franchise stores in 1995. The 16 new locations will give Tires Plus Groupe a total of 76 outlets throughout the upper Midwest.
Many of the new Tires Plus stores will have eight service bays and an average storage capacity in excess of 4,000 tires, a company spokeswoman said.
Specific locations for the new stores were not disclosed by the company.
Tires Plus recorded about $74 million in sales in 1994, the company reported.
Martin Tire Inc. purchased its third commercial/retail outlet, the former C.H. Tire located in Johnstown, Pa., from former owner Charlie Harteis, who has since become manager of the store.
The Johnstown outlet opened in November as Martin Tire. It is the first Martin Tire location to offer full automotive service, President Jim Roskosh said.
Martin Tire, which was founded in 1954 by Martin Roskosh, also operates a commercial and a retail outlet in Jeannette, Pa., a combination commercial/retailoutlet in Edensburg, Pa., and a Bandag retread shop in Greensburg, Pa.
The Jean-nette-based dealership also is evaluating the prospect of performing automotive service at its other locations, Mr. Roskosh added.
In addition to selling Bandag retreads, Martin Tire also offers Michelin, General, Yokohoma, BFGood-rich and Hercules brand new tires.
Max and Jennifer Butz purchased the Hoquiam, Wash.-based Tires Inc. commercial/retail location Nov. 1 from former owner Buck Hubbert, who continues to operate three other Tires Inc. outlets.
Mr. Butz, who had managed the location for the past seven years, has become president of the dealership, now called Peninsula Tires Inc. His wife is vice president and accountant.
Currently, about 85 percent of the company's business is derived from commercial tire sales and service accounts, Mr. Butz explained, although he said he wants to increase the amount of automotive service the two-bay outlet performs before expand-ing to other outlets within five years.
Jewel Tire of Gardina, Calif., merged Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based Richard's Tire Wholesale into its operation on Jan. 1.
Jon Ceazan, president of Jewel Tire and vice president of the California Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association-South, said he hired former Richard's Tire president Larry Stern as vice president after Mr. Stern closed his outlet late last year. The company is operating its wholesale division as J.T.R. Distributors, while a single-outlet retail location in Gardina retains the Jewel Tire banner.
Along with acquiring some of Richard's Tire's equipment, two former sales managers, Mike Maxwell and Art Lizzaraga, also have joined J.T.R., which occupies about 25,000 square feet of warehouse space, Mr. Ceazan said.
Ken and Sue Little's Big O Tires outlet was voted ``best tire shop'' in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., by residents participating in a Lake Havasu City Herald annual survey.
As a result, the store, which opened in April 1994, was included in a newspaper article and a booklet for city residents profiling each business voted best in its category for the year.
Jerry Fletcher, president of Fletcher's Cobre Tire in Phoenix, recently received a 25-year service award from Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
The tire manufacturer said Fletcher's Cobre Tire is the largest off-the-road tire dealership in North America. Last year TIRE BUSINESS ranked the firm as the fourth-largest commercial dealership, with sales of $107 million.