Shops converting to Midas format
ITASCA, Ill.-An independent garage shop owner in Nashville, Tenn., has signed on as a Midas Inc. franchisee and plans to convert his four shops to the Midas format plus re-open two closed Midas shops.
Ron Atkisson opened his first Kar Plus shop in Nashville in 1984, Midas said. Previously, his shops offered basic maintenance, engine tune-ups and driveability. With the conversion, he will focus more on brake repairs and add tire sales and exhaust service.
The conversion of independently owned shops to the Midas brand is part of an effort to expand the Midas system in North America, the Itasca-based automotive repair chain said. Independents are offered incentives from Midas for shop renovations and equipment purchases for converting.
``The conversion of the Kar Plus outlets into Midas shops significantly enhances the presence of the Midas brand in the Nashville market,'' said Alan Feldman, president and CEO of Midas.
The shops will open as Midas outlets in early 2006, the company added.
``Being associated with Midas positions us to compete more effectively in the marketplace,'' Mr. Atkisson said in a Midas statement.
Additionally, former franchisee Michael Chilando will re-open a Midas shop in Nashville, the company said.
Commercial Tire donates to charity
MERIDIAN, Idaho-Employees of Commercial Tire Inc. recently donated $22,596 to the American Red Cross to help with local and national disaster relief efforts.
A company spokeswoman said the company has made efforts to help the Red Cross in the past, including a turkey drive last year that gathered 800 turkeys. She said Commercial Tire plans to continue the efforts in the future.
Based in Meridian, the dealership was established in 1968. It has 34 locations-including 22 commercial outlets-in Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washington and employs 335. In addition to providing retail and commercial tire-related services, Commercial Tire operates four Bandag retread plants. The company's president is Bob Schwenkfelder.
Tire Kingdom adds 4 stores
JUNO BEACH, Fla.-Tire Kingdom Inc. has opened four National Tire & Battery (NTB) outlets in two states, bringing Tire Kingdom's total store count to 621.
The stores opened in November in Dedham, Mass., and Bolingbrook, New Lenox and Matteson, Ill. The Illinois stores feature 10 service bays while the Dedham store has eight.
Tire Kingdom, a retail subsidiary of TBC Corp., includes the Tire Kingdom, Merchant's and NTB chains. TBC also operates the Big O Tires Inc. franchise program.
Tirecraft raises funds for cancer
SHERWOOD PARK, Alberta-Tirecraft Auto Centers Ltd. raised $106,759 (Canadian) for breast cancer research through various fundraising efforts in 2005.
More than 80 Tirecraft locations held their own event or participated in the national Run for the Cure, the company said. Tirecraft said 1,271 employees, families and friends participated in the event, raising $83,000.
Tirecraft stores also promoted the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's ``Think Pink'' wristband campaign, with sales of the wristbands raising another $23,000.
In recognition of the dealership's efforts, the Canadian foundation's Alberta chapter nominated Tirecraft in two categories for the Philanthropy Day Heart and Soul Awards, including Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Corporation.