FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. (Jan. 20, 2016) — Tire Discounters Inc. has opened its 100th retail store, an eight-bay outlet in Fort Oglethorpe, a suburb of Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Fort Oglethorpe store covers 7,900 square feet of space and employs 12, Cincinnati-based Tire Discounters (TD) said. The family-owned dealership announced plans for the Chattanooga-area stores last June.
According to TD's store locator, the dealership has opened one of the two other Chattanooga-area locations — in Hixson, Tenn. — but not the second, in East Brainerd.
TD also has nine retail stores open in the Nashville area and last year opened a wholesale distribution center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to support the firm's growth strategy in Tennessee.
With these latest additions, the dealership now has stores in five states — Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia.
With 100 stores, Tire Discounters is considered the 10th largest retail tire dealership chain in the U.S., according to Tire Business' calculations.
“We are extremely proud and thankful to reach this great milestone,” said Chip Wood, founder and chairman of Tire Discounters.
“Our faithful customers have been integral to our consistent growth over nearly four decades and we are excited to continue building by providing unmatched service and doing the right thing.”
TD said it is hiring “energetic and conscientious” sales people, management trainees, mechanics and technicians of all experience levels across the region. Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here.
The dealership has more than 1,100 employees throughout its network.
Separately, TD recently hired Kevin Burke to be its senior vice president of finance and treasurer.
Mr. Burke most recently was senior vice president and CFO of Aurora Casket Co. in Ravenna, Ohio. In his new position, he will be a member of the leadership team, overseeing the company's entire finance and accounting function, according to TD.
Tire Discounters CEO Paul Brunner cited Mr. Burke's “broad financial experience” as key to helping TD improve its operations.