RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (May 16, 2003) — Tire Kingdom Inc. opened its 344th store, in Simpsonville, S.C., May 15.
A typical location, the new outlet has eight bays and 6,600 square feet, the Riviera Beach-based tire retailer said.
The chain—which ended 2002 with 222 locations—saw a major boost so far this year with 110 locations added from parent company TBC Corp.'s purchase of Merchant's Inc. in Manassas, Va. The original $57.5 million acquisition included 112 stores, but two Merchant's commercial outlets since have been sold to McCarthy Tire and Automotive Service Centers Inc.
Other new stores for Tire Kingdom have been added along the way this year, including one in January that gave the chain its first entrance into the Charleston, S.C., market.