Terry's Tire Town Inc. is expanding its wholesale and retail business, opening a 200,000-sq.-ft. warehouse/headquarters in Alliance and a retail store, its seventh, in Canton, Ohio.
The dealership is an American Car Care Centers (ACCC) Inc. distributor for parts of Ohio, western Pennsylvania and New York and northern West Virginia. It is consolidating three separate warehouses in the Alliance area to the new facility, which is 60,000 square feet bigger than the three combined, according to Will Tolerton, vice president.
The increased space will allow Terry's Tire to expand its business in automotive aftermarket parts, Mr. Tolerton said. This expanded business area eventually could represent 10 percent of the firm's sales, he said. Terry's Tire stocks more than 100,000 tires, according to the firm's Web site.
The new facility is in the Alliance Commerce Park, a 225-acre commercial development adjacent to state Route 62 in Alliance. It has 22 loading docks vs. five at the existing warehouse set-up, which should enhance the operation's efficiency considerably, Mr. Tolerton said.
Terry's Tire services 104 ACCC dealer outlets in the four-state area, he said, along with other accounts. The dealership is using RT Systems Inc.'s RT Locator inventory control at the facility to boost efficiency and productivity and reduce or eliminate ``can't find'' items, Mr. Tolerton said.
The dealership was to begin occupying the warehouse by mid-July, he said, while relocating the headquarters office there won't take place until September or October.
The new retail outlet is a new construction located near Belden Village Mall in North Canton. It opened during the second half of July.
Terry's Tire already operates three retail stores in Canton, along with two in Alliance and one in Massillon, Ohio, plus a commercial-only store in Youngstown, Ohio. The 31-year-old dealership also has plans for one more retail store opening this year, but Mr. Tolerton declined to discuss specifics.
Retail accounts for about 10 percent of the company's business, with wholesale the rest.