By Kathy McCarron, Tire Business staff
NORWELL, Mass. (April 23, 2015) — Family-owned Sullivan Tire & Auto Service has strived to maintain the atmosphere of a family-run business over the past 60 years despite having burgeoned into a large New England corporation.
Since Bob Sullivan opened a single retail shop on a dead-end street in Rockland, Mass., in 1955, the dealership has grown to 65 retail tire and auto repair stores, 15 commercial truck tire centers, 13 warehouses and three Bandag retreading plants in five New England states.
Nearly a dozen members of the second and third generations of the Sullivan family now work for the company.
The dealership ranks among the largest independent retail and commercial tire dealerships in North America, one of just a handful that are major players in both segments.
Sullivan Tire is the 12th largest independent retail tire dealership in North America, based on 2013 retail sales of an estimated $106 million, and 23rd largest based on total retail outlets, according to Tire Business' annual rankings.