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Les Schwab opens 11 tire shops in California, Colorado

BEND, Ore.—Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. opened six stores in California's San Joaquin Valley and five in Colorado in October and November, marking the dealership's expansion into the central California and Colorado markets.

With the new openings, Les Schwab has 444 locations in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, employing more than 6,600.

The Bend-based dealership held grand opening celebrations Oct. 18-20 at its retail stores in Denver, Aurora and Littleton, Colo. The celebrations included food trucks, prize drawings, entertainment and fundraising for local high schools.

The two other new Colorado stores are in Parker and Highlands Ranch, Les Schwab said.

The company also had similar grand opening celebrations Nov. 8-10 at its three new stores in Fresno, Dinuba, Los Banos and Clovis, Calif., the press release stated. Though it declined to discuss specifics, Les Schwab said it is always looking for opportunities to serve its customers better and will continue to expand.

Tire Discounters promises 'revolution,' adding stores

CINCINNATI—For Tire Discounters Inc., adding 14 retail stores in a year appears to be just a prelude to bigger things.

The Cincinnati-based dealership, which has grown to 79 retail stores in its three-state marketing area, is promising to “revolutionize” the industry starting next year with a “prototype” store design for the dealership's continued growth, according to Jamie Ward, executive vice president, who said: “It'll change what people think of when they think of a tire store....”

The privately held dealership—which opened four stores during October alone—declined to provide more specifics about its prototype store design or growth plans for next year. The dealership's existing store format is rather conventional—rectangular footprint with eight service bays and 10 employees.

Two of Tire Discounters' newest stores are located in the greater Louisville metro area, in New Albany, Ind., and Jeffersontown, Ky. The other new stores are Florence, Ky., and northeast Columbus, Ohio, in that city's Easton neighborhood.

The company did not disclose the size of its investment in the new stores.

With the new stores, Tire Discounters has three outlets in Indiana, 24 in Kentucky and 52 in Ohio.

In addition to a broad selection of tires, Tire Discounters' locations offer other products and services, such as wheels, shocks and struts, brakes and automotive repair services.

Flynn's Tire hits 35 years with Goodyear relationship

HERMITAGE, Pa.—Officials from Goodyear and Hermitage-based Flynn's Tire Wholesale met recently to mark the 35-year relationship between the supplier and dealership.

Goodyear cited Flynn's for “its role as a leader in the retail tire and automotive service business, commercial tires and service and wholesale distribution.”

“It is a great pleasure to recognize the efforts of Flynn's Tire in keeping thousands of people on the move with quality tires and related automotive service—proudly, many of them Goodyear-made products,” said Todd Pickens, Goodyear's senior director, channel sales.

Goodyear has been impressed by the professionalism of everyone at Flynn's, from the management down. “Much of this dealership's business success is built upon the attitude of its people, and how they treat each other and the consumer,” Mr. Pickens continued.

Family-owned Flynn's Tire started off as a single location in 1964 in Mercer, Pa., and has grown to 18 retail locations throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, four wholesale locations and four commercial outlets.

Hercules expands TDW services in Colorado, Ohio

FINDLAY, Ohio—Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. has expanded service by its Tire Dealer's Warehouse (TDW) wholesale unit on two fronts, opening a distribution center in Denver and expanding service in Ohio to the Dayton and Cincinnati markets.

In Colorado, TDW opened a 50,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in northeast Denver to serve customers in the Denver metro area and front range of Colorado.

The facility, TDW's 14th center across the U.S., has a capacity of approximately 1.2 million cubic feet, 13 loading docks and includes a will call area. It will be easily accessible from Denver's I-70 and I-225.

In Ohio, Hercules is adding an undisclosed number of personnel and delivery vehicles at its 400,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Findlay—which also serves Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and all of northwest Ohio—to open service in southern Ohio and, starting in early 2013, southeastern Indiana.

“We believe that we have a great deal to offer independent tire dealers in southern Ohio and Indiana—outstanding service, daily delivery and a wide selection of product, including our own Hercules Tires,” said Mike Schultz, regional general manager of TDW's Midwest region.

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