Coast Tire adds 3 shops with deal
ST. JOHN, New Brunswick-Coast Tire & Auto Service (2002) Ltd. has acquired Herman's Auto Service in Halifax, Nova Scotia, adding three stores to Coast Tire's stable of 22 outlets.
The deal was effective Oct. 1, although Coast Tire did not release terms of the sale. A Goodyear dealer, Herman's Auto, operated three retail tire and auto service outlets as well as a wholesale tire division in the Halifax area.
``Coast Tire currently has seven locations in Nova Scotia,'' said Ron Outerbridge, president and majority owner of the St. John-based retail and commercial dealership. ``The addition of these locations will significantly improve our service capabilities for our retail, commercial and wholesale customers in Halifax.''
In a Coast Tire statement, the owners of Herman's Auto praised their fellow Goodyear dealer.
``We've had a close relationship with Coast Tire for a number of years,'' David Herman, one of three owners, said. ``When we decided it was time for a change, it seemed logical that Coast Tire would ensure our customers continue to receive the highest level of service.''
Dunn Tire gift to help football club
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Dunn Tire Corp. recently donated $1,000 to a local Little League football club to replace stolen equipment and supplies.
Randy Clark, chairman of the Buffalo-based retail dealership, also is encouraging other local businesses to contribute. A local Pizza Hut franchise offered $500.
``The money will definitely help out replacing the stolen equipment,'' said Steven Burton, vice president of the Little League. ``We've been having this problem for the past two years, and this year it's just escalating.''
Besides replacing the stolen equipment, the Little League hopes to find a permanent storage solution, Dunn Tire said. Players, parents and coaches take home equipment and other valuable items since the storage shed has been vandalized so badly, the company said.
``It's a travesty when kids go without, especially when it's something the kids and the community enjoy as much as football,'' Mr. Clark said in a statement.
Dunn Tire, an American Car Care Centers Inc. member, operates 27 outlets in New York and Pennsylvania.
Big B Tire joins Fountain Tire
150 MILE HOUSE, British Columbia-Big B Tire Ltd. is joining Fountain Tire's network as an associated dealer in a bid for more business, Big B's owner said.
Bill DeWitt said his single-outlet dealership will add Fountain Tire's signage and its major brands, including Goodyear and Dunlop, but Big B Tire will remain an autonomous business. The dealership, based in 150 Mile House, also sells Kumho and Cooper brands.
Fountain Tire said it will close its store in nearby Williams Lake, British Columbia, as Big B Tire can offer a broader range of diagnostics and mechanical services.
Big B Tire is undergoing renovations to add work bays to increase service capacity. The renovations are expected to be complete in the coming weeks, and the store will operate during the remodeling.
Mr. DeWitt said he had several reasons for pursuing the relationship, including the addition of the brands and potential for new customers. He said he also hoped to offer his store's customers more service options when they travel throughout Canada.
Edmonton, Alberta-based Fountain Tire operates 146 outlets in Canada.
Dealer expands retread plant
FULLERTON, Calif.-Pete's Road Service Inc. moved one service center into a larger building and is working to merge two retread plants into a new facility at the complex.
The 64,500-sq.-ft. commercial and retail service center in Corona, Calif., boasts nine truck mechanical bays, four drive-through truck service bays, four passenger service bays, a waste tire center and 24,000-sq.-ft. warehouse.
The existing Corona store was moved to the new building, keeping the total of service centers at nine in the region.
The complex also includes a new 13,000-sq.-ft. retread plant that will combine the plants in Orange and Fontana by the end of October.
``This plant here will be a state-of- the-art one,'' said Glen Fletcher, vice president of Pete's Road Service.
The new Oliver retread plant is expected to produce about 300 retreads a day in 10-hour shifts, whereas the two separate plants had produced about 125 per day between them, Mr. Fletcher said.
Some existing equipment from the older plants will be moved, but the majority of the equipment is new, he said.
At the much larger Corona facility, Mr. Fletcher expects a better atmosphere for retail customers since their vehicles will have their own bays instead of sharing space with commercial trucks.
``It's really made the operations a lot cleaner and easier to do,'' Mr. Fletcher said of both changes.
One of the biggest difficulties was deciding the fate of the equipment that had accumulated during the old Corona store's 22-year history.
``We had quite a bit of used equipment stored there,'' Mr. Fletcher said. ``Everyone else calls it junk.''
Sun Tire founder Erickson turns 60
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-Sun Tire Inc. recently celebrated the 60th birthday of its founder as well as the opening of its 10th location in Florida.
Store management and staff threw a belated surprise birthday party at a monthly company meeting for Dick Erickson, who founded the Jacksonville-based retail dealership in 1981. His birthday is in April.
The dealership's new store, in Middleburg, Fla., is its eighth in the Jacksonville metro area, Mr. Erickson said. At about 6,000 square feet, the newly built outlet fits the design of most Sun Tire locations, he said.
The dealership's growth strategy, according to Mr. Erickson, is to make sure existing stores are healthy and adequate staff is available before moving on to the next venture.
``We're not trying to be the biggest, but we'd like to be one of the best,'' he said.