BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (Jan. 13, 2012) — Bridgestone Americas' Bridgestone Retail Operations L.L.C. (BSRO) subsidiary opened 62 tire and service locations across the U.S. in 2011, expanding its network of stores to nearly 2,200 in 47 states and the District of Colombia.
The number of openings includes as many as 15 in December alone, Bridgestone Retail said, but fell short of the business unit's goal of 75. The additional stores created 650 jobs, or more than 10 per store.
All but a few of the stores opened were Firestone Complete Auto Care locations, the firm said. Bridgestone Retail also operates stores under the Tires Plus, ExpertTire and Wheel Works names.
Bloomingdale-based Bridgestone Retail anticipates opening 75 retail stores in 2012, a company spokesman said.
“Our people are our strength,” said Matt Hoskins, president of BSRO. “As we grow our business we're creating a lot of great job opportunities for people who take pride in providing world-class customer service and want to work with an organization that's on the move and where they can grow their careers.”