Purcell adding outlets in Ky., Ariz.
POTOSI, Mo.-Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. has added one new store and plans to add two more locations by year-end, said Bob Purcell, president and CEO.
Potosi-based Purcell Tire this month bought Princeton Tire Co. in Princeton, Ky., which soon will be under the Purcell name, Mr. Purcell said. The previous owner had sold for health reasons, he said.
Besides remodeling the retail floor, the company will add commercial sales at the location, which is in a high-profile site in the city of about 7,000. One service truck will be based at the outlet.
``We have good experience in rural locations, so we'll convert this to a combination-type facility,'' Mr. Purcell said.
In addition to the Kentucky store, Purcell Tire is building two locations in the Phoenix area, where the company already operates 16 stores. One 12-bay retail outlet is under construction and will be completed by summer, while the second, a 14-bay store, should be open by year-end, Mr. Purcell said. The new stores will bring Purcell's network of outlets to 65.
Both locations will be retail only, he said. The company sells Goodyear, Kelly, Dunlop, Michelin, Toyo and Yokohama brands and is a Goodyear retreader.
For future expansions, Mr. Purcell said the company is looking at existing stores in the Midwest while it is willing to build new stores from scratch in the West.
``The population is stagnant,'' he said of the Midwest. ``In the West, in Phoenix, Tucson, Salt Lake City...they're growing. In the Midwest, that's not happening.''
Big O scholarship honors employee
CENTENNIAL, Colo.-Big O Tires Inc. soon will begin evaluating scholarship applications that include a new one named for Mark Boyter, the company's retail IT specialist who died Dec. 17.
A spokeswoman said the scholarships will be awarded in the summer. They are available to Big O staff and their families as well as dealers and their families. More than $20,000 was donated by the retailer's dealer network, and the company will match the remainder.
The Mark Boyter Scholarship Fund honors Mr. Boyter, 50, who died of lung cancer. Big O also created the ``Giving Tree,'' which each year will represent a different family, person or organization for assistance during the holidays. Contributions to December's tree resulted in a $1,000 gift for Mr. Boyter's family.
Conrad's to add 24th outlet
CLEVELAND-Conrad's Total Car Care and Tire Centers is preparing to open its 24th location in the Cleveland area, said John Turk, president of the tire retailer.
The Avon Lake store will fit the average of other Conrad's stores, with about 6,100 square feet and eight service bays. Like Conrad's other stores, the outlet will sell primarily Goodyear and Michelin brands. Mr. Turk said the store, which is under construction, should be completed by June.
The Cleveland retailer has begun marketing the Avon Lake store in its regular radio commercials. Mr. Turk said the main idea is to let customers know the chain is growing more than inviting them to shop for tires.
``It's an indication our organization is moving forward,'' he said.
While Mr. Turk said the dealership is open to opportunities, he declined to give any specific growth goals for the coming years.
``We're kind of a conservative organization, and...we tend to be selectively aggressive,'' he said.