Jolmy Enterprises, a development company, is planning to build a mega-truck stop near the Florida Turnpike in Davie, Fla. Plans call for the truck center, which would cost more than $20 million to build, to house a 72,000-sq.-ft. truck tire shop, a 100,000-sq.-ft. repair center and a 200-room hotel along with a restaurant, post office and convenience store, according to Margaret Wu, Davie economic development coordinator.
The Davie Town Council is seeking $1.3 million in Florida Department of Transportation grant money for the project, she said.
Keith Boyd, a former auto service store manager, opened his first Goodyear franchise with a location in Columbus, Ohio, April 15.
Boyd's Eastpointe Goodyear is located in an eight-bay, newly constructed facility. The company, which employs nine, offers ``complete service work except body and paint,'' including undercar and engine work, computer diagnostics testing, and oil, lube and filter changes, according to Bill Lewis, operations manager.
Three husband-and-wife teams opened Big O Tires Inc. stores in June-giving the Englewood, Colo.-based franchiser nearly 390 stores in 18 western and midwestern states. A fourth franchise operation is slated to open July 10, the company said.
Frank and Ginger Granada opened a newly constructed six-bay outlet in Murrieta, Calif. The store will be staffed by 12 to 14 employees, Big O said.
The Granadas previously operated a janitorial service but said they decided ``that automotive service was a necessary public service that will see growth as more and more cars hit the road.''
Dennis and Maryjo Schlittenhart recently opened a six-bay store in Glendale, Ariz. Mr. Schlittenhart, who had been a regional vice president for a food distribution company, and Ms. Schlittenhart, whose career includes work as assistant vice president of a bank, said they believed Big O offered the best opportunity in the Phoenix-area market for success.
Mike and Virginia Williams opened a newly constructed six-bay store as part of a Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., mall featuring six auto-service outlets.
Mr. Williams previously spent 25 years in the newspaper production business, while Ms. Williams' background includes office work.
*Big O also said a six-bay store will open July 10 in Rapid City, S.D. Carl Dacar, who had worked for an oil field pumping service company, will own and operate the store.
Even before construction had begun, Mr. Dacar sponsored a store exhibit at the Rapid City Boat and RV Sports Show in February.
``We wanted to get started early,'' he explained. ``To be honest, we were afraid that people wouldn't recognize the Big O name, but at the sport show we found a lot of area residents who recognized the name and gave us positive comments. . . .''
Bardin's Tire Service Inc. will soon open a Tire Warehouse Central Inc. outlet and a Double Discount Auto Parts franchise in Granville, N.Y., according to the Keene, N.H.-based franchiser.
The outlet, which will open in mid-July, continues Tire Warehouse's expansion into New York.
Mark Bardin will renovate his existing gas station and convenience store to provide for the tire and auto parts franchise.
Tire Warehouse currently operates 26 company-owned stores, 18 franchise locations and 30 auto parts outlets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York. The company said it plans to add up to 12 locations annually.
Action Tire American Car Care Centers recently expanded into a newly constructed building beside its current location in Boise, Idaho, according to Ed Wilson, vice president and co-owner.
The new location has four designated oil-and-lube bays and five tire- and mechanical-service bays. The company's prior four-bay location is being converted into a com
The new building marks the first expansion for the 7 1/2-year-old company, which is co-owned by Dan Stout.
Donald Sweatt, an Alabama resident, recently won a 1995 540i BMW sports sedan in a Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp. contest he entered at a Town Fair Tire Centers Inc. store in Connecticut. Mr. Sweatt was on vacation at the time.