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Dunn Tire offering layaway program, opens 31st store

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BUFFALO, N.Y.—Dunn Tire L.L.C. customers can now stretch out their payments for a new set of tires with the dealership's new layaway program.

  The Buffalo-based company also announced the opening of its 31st store in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Dunn Tire said it created the layaway program as an option to its long-standing credit card-based financing programs and as a convenience for customers who prefer to pay for future purchases over a period of time, with the initial payment being 25 percent, followed by three additional payments over the next three months. When the last payment is received, the tires will be installed, according to the dealership.

“Dunn Tire's goal is to provide our customers with the most flexible and convenient payment options in our industry,” said Patrick Logue, managing director of retail operations for the dealership. “We recognize there are great demands on personal and household budgets throughout the year. We're very sensitive to that. Giving our customers complete financial control is the right thing to do.”

The layaway program—which has no startup or contract fees—will be offered year round, the company said.

The new 8,600-sq.-ft. Niagara Falls store, adjacent to a Tops/Target shopping plaza, features state-of-the-art auto service equipment with eight service bays, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee, a high-definition television and plenty of comfortable seats in a spacious surrounding, the company said.

“As we've expanded the store's capacity, we found ways to improve the design,” Mr. Logue said. “Our customers have told us that in addition to world-class customer service, a relaxed and comfortable environment is an important part of their experience with us.”

Dunn Tire's market stretches from Erie, Pa., to Syracuse, N.Y., and the dealership is looking to open one to two more stores in the coming year in upstate New York. It is considered the 35th largest independent retail dealership in North America, based on store count. It generated $48 million in retail-related sales and $43 million in wholesale revenue in 2011.
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