BURBANK, Calif.—Heafner Tire Group Inc.'s recent purchase of Dorman's Tire Inc. resulted in growth not only for Heafner's Winston Tire chain, but for two other prominent southern California tire dealerships as well. Express Tire of Escondido and Scher Tire Inc. of Riverside grew by four and two outlets, respectively, as Heafner spun off six former Tri-Valley/Dorman's outlets that were located close enough to existing Winston Tire locations to be considered redundant. Winston retained 17 of the 23 Tri-Valley stores it acquired Oct. 28 from Dorman's Tire.
The acquisitions expanded Scher Tire's reach to 31 stores in the Los Angeles metro area and Express Tire to 21 in the greater San Diego area, and kept these six stores in the Goodyear distribution network: both Scher Tire and Express Tire are Goodyear dealerships, as was Tri-Valley/Dorman's.
For Scher Tire, the acquisitions were opportunities that were too good to pass up, said owner and President Bruce Scher. The acquisitions were executed largely by trading lease rights on a store site in Stanton to Winston for the two existing stores, in Chino Hills and Upland.
Acquiring the two stores accelerated Scher Tire's growth strategy by a year or more, Mr. Scher said. Still, the company has plans for two new stores in the second half of 2000, although Mr. Scher declined to identify where.
Express Tire owner Joe Yubella was not available for comment on his company's purchases.