Tire Warehouse Central Inc. (TWC) of Keene, N.H., has added two locations in October to bring its total number of outlets to 51—29 company-owned and 22 franchises. On October 9, TWC opened a new company-owned 7,000-sq.-ft. facility in Skowhegan, Maine. It also added as a franchise location the former T&D Tire Inc. store in Jacksonville, Vt., which David Briggs, owner of Briggs Automotive, renovated.
Both outlets will offer a complete line of domestic and foreign auto parts and accessories and tire service—including most major brands and private label products.
TWC Owner Bob Dabrowski said the company has added four locations in 1999 and there is a slight chance of adding a fifth before the end of the year. He said the company has targeted five sites in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts for new stores in 2000, two of them as franchises.
``Since I bought the company, we're right on target,'' Mr. Dabrowski said of TWC's expansion pace.
The company, which calls itself ``New England's independent tire and auto parts retailer,'' will continue to add five or six locations a year, he said.
But the rate of expansion isn't likely to increase dramatically. ``We need to build people and infrastructure to go along with the buildings,'' he said.
Founded in 1971, TWC has nearly doubled its number of outlets since early 1998.
Somerset Tire Service (STS) Inc. acquired the former Nassau Tire Pros store in Williston, N.Y., on Oct. 5—giving STS its second location on Long Island.
With the addition of the three-bay, four-employee facility, Bound Brook, N.J.-based Somerset now has 67 locations.
STS currently operates another Long Island store in Hicksville, N.Y.
``We are proud to be able to continue our ambitious growth strategy with the acquisition of the Williston Park retail site,'' STS President Bill Caulin said.
According to STS, it plans to invest several million dollars in the next few years for the construction and renovation of several new sites on Long Island.
Treadco Inc., a subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp., opened its 60th location, on Oct. 18 in Van Buren, Ark.
The new facility, which Treadco said features a comfortable drivers lounge, will offer new and retreaded truck tires along with wheel alignment, balancing and 24-hour road service.