Lake Region Investment Corp. is slated to become Tire Warehouse Central Inc.'s 20th franchise location in November. The investment firm, owned by Mark Flanagin and Joe Masotta, is near completion of a 7,000-sq.-ft. facility in Raymond, Maine, that will house the tire franchise as well as a Double Discount Auto Parts division.
Along with its 20 franchises, Tire Warehouse Central also operates 27 company-owned tire stores and 32 auto parts outlets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
University Wholesale, a major Nokian brand tire distributor, moved its headquarters and warehouse to Colchester, Vt., in mid-August.
The single-location wholesaler moved from a leased building in nearby South Burlington, Vt., to a building the company had built, according to President Robert Hepp. The new warehouse has a 100,000-tire capacity, he added.
University Wholesale serves dealers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on a regular basis and distributes Nokian tires throughout most of the Northeast, Mr. Hepp said.
Holton, Kan.-based Kaw Tire hopes to expand its business with a soon-to-be completed addition to its used tire wholesale operation in Topeka, Kan., according to President Walt Wells.
Kaw Tire, founded in 1985, repairs, regrooves, repaints and wholesales about 1,000 used tires a month for use in commercial trucking and agriculture, Mr. Wells said.
The 3,600-sq.-ft. addition will allow Kaw Tire to add equipment to expand the current operation, he added.
Sullivan Tire Co. opened its 30th retail outlet Sept. 5.
The 6,000-sq.-ft., eight-bay tire operation is located in Salem, N.H., and performs full undercar service, as well as state inspections, according to Richard J. Sullivan, property manager.
Sullivan Tire, which has been in business since 1955, constructed the building on 35,000 square feet of land on North Broadway-a site 25,000 to 30,000 cars pass every day, he added.
The majority of Sullivan Tire's 30 outlets are located in the Boston area. But the company also has about 10 locations in New Hampshire, Mr. Sullivan said.
Six family members recently banded together to open an independent Goodyear dealership about 12 miles north of Pittsburgh in Wexford, Pa.
``One way to secure your own future is to own your own business,'' explained Mike Motor, part owner of Wexford Tire & Service Inc.
Mr. Motor owns the single-location dealership with David Motor, Joe and Laurie Tomnay, Cindy Patterson and Steve Wade, who had worked in a Goodyear company-owned store for more than 27 years.
The seven-bay commercial/retail dealership occupies a 5,200-sq.-ft. building, Mr. Motor said.
Kim James, Larry Castle, Bill Spencer, Rich Kresge, Mike Lyons and James Lyons, owners of a Big O Tires Inc. store in Brighton, Colo., recently won the company's hotly contested Image Contest for its Colorado Group.
A contest judge had to break a tie between the Brighton store and one in Grand Junction, Colo., owned by Larry Theisen and Kevin Brooks.
``The regional office asked one of the judges to make a final determination; when he returned from visiting the store he had not judged before, he dubbed the Brighton store as tops,'' the company said in its Treadmore Tribune newsletter.
Sue Adams's Englewood, Colo., store took top honors for Colorado Group locations under 9-years-old.
The Roswell, N.M., store owned by Larry Loftin took first place for stores over 9 years old in the New Mexico Group, while Jerry Parson's Farmington, N.M., outlet won the under 9-years-old category.
Stores were rated by Big O regional personnel and owners who made unannounced store visits.
Two women's car care clinics held at Calabro Tire Service in Upper St. Clair, Pa., were so suc-cessful, the dealership has been asked by a number of groups to take the show on the road.
The single-location retail store hasn't decided if that's a possibility, according to Manager Janine Calabro. ``(But) we're going to try to do (the clinics) a couple times a year,'' she said.
Calabro Tire held its first clinic in June and one for about 25 ``women of all ages'' Oct. 9.
During the latter session, attendees were separated into two groups, which alternated between tire- and vehicle-related service lessons.
``We're seeing more and more women come in...a lot of elderly and widowed women who-for the first time-have to take care of the car,'' she said. Most of the attendees want to know enough about their vehicles to understand technicians when they take their cars in for service, she said.