Expansion Griffin Brothers Tire Sales Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., has opened its fourth location, in Mooresville, N.C., and plans to open a fifth in nearby Concord this month.
The newest store operates 10 service bays, including two express oil lanes, and features a play area for customers' children.
Griffin Brothers is a Michelin associate dealership and also sells Uniroyal, Delta and Continental brands.
The dealership also is a founding member of the Tri-State Buying Group—a coalition of dealers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia that is affiliated with the Del-Nat and Tire Alliance Groupe dealer programs.
The dealership offers full automotive service, including alignment, brake service and state emission and safety inspections.
Griffin Brothers also has two stores in Charlotte and another in Cornelius.
Somerset Tire Service Inc. has opened a retail outlet in Lanoka Harbor, N.J.
STS has opened 10 new stores in the last year, and now has 70 locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.
The newest store will carry Firestone, Michelin, Continental, Goodyear and Toyo brands and provide undercar service and oil changes.
STS, with sales of about $100 million, plans to expand to 100 outlets in the next few years.
Gray's Wholesale Tire Distributing in Fort Worth, Texas, is celebrating its 25th year in business.
Harold Gray founded the wholesale business in 1975 and his son, Stephen, took over operation of the company in 1988 after his father's death.
Stephen, who began selling tires at age 16 at a Montgomery Ward Auto Center, asked his father for a job several years after college and Harold told him to find a warehouse in Houston. Gray's opened its second facility there with Stephen in charge.
Gray's opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Houston in June 1999 and is already planning an 18,000-sq.-ft. addition."We're fixing to do it," Stephen said.
Gray's is the Texas distributor for Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s TireStarz program, and Stephen said Gray's is the largest customer in BFS' south central region. The dealership also carries the Remington and Summit brands and will be a member of the new Sure Tire Co. cooperative that will market these two private brands.
"A lot of times when you get down to the second or third generation, some of (the businesses) start to make changes and go away," Stephen said. "It's not that ours won't ever, but we're still here."
Parkhouse Tire Inc. in Bell Gardens, Calif., has received a gold supplier recognition award from Southern California Edison (SCE), the electric utility that supplies power to 11 million customers in Southern California.
Parkhouse supplies tires, Bandag retreads and other services for the utility's fleet and other large commercial and governmental fleets.
SCE honored Parkhouse and 27 other suppliers for helping it save more than 10 percent in materials and service costs since 1996.
Parkhouse Tire operates 10 stores and five retread shops.