AKRON-4day Tire Stores, one of the nation's largest retail tire dealerships, closed its doors July 31-nearly one year to the day after its co-founder, Donald Carr, died of leukemia. In 1995, parent company Lansdale & Carr operated 35 4day Tire Stores, five Macho Tire Co. commercial outlets and three Teletire locations, as well as five franchised 4day Tire Stores in California, Texas and Pennsylvania.
But the dealership, which had estimated sales of $50 million in 1995, immediately began searching for a buyer after Mr. Carr, it's co-founder and CEO, died.
TIRE BUSINESS was unable to contact Mr. Carr's widow, Barbara Carr, who succeeded him as chairman of the company. The former Lansdale & Carr corporate office did not return messages left on an answering machine.
Attorneys from Lobel & Opera, the law firm set-tling Mr. Carr's estate, also failed to return repeated phone calls before press time, Aug. 15.
But reports suggest the company has closed all of its tire locations, as well as its golf club manufacturing company, Shamrock Golf Co., and the Lansdale, Carr & Baum advertising agency.
Joe Orozco, assistant manager of an independent 4day Tire location in Hawthorne, Calif., said he had been told by the Lansdale & Carr corporate office that Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. is planning to remodel and reopen about 30 4day Tire Stores under Firestone's various retail formats.
A spokesman for Bridgestone/Firestone said only that the company has entered negotiations to lease an undisclosed number of the former 4day locations.
Three independent 4day Tire stores continue to operate under that banner. The stores, located in Hawthorne, Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, Calif., are owned by Ted Dalton and Tom Nevin, Mr. Orozco said.
Those operations will continue to honor the road hazard and free rotation warranties from all former 4day Tire outlets, he said.
Mr. Carr and his partner, the late Phil Lansdale, founded Lansdale & Carr advertising agency in Irvine Calif., which diversified into the tire business in 1969, when it opened 4day Tire.