CORONA, Calif. (July 12, 2016) — Wholesale distributor Freedom Tire Distributing has initiated delivery service to San Diego.
The company said it has added two trucks and routes from its warehouse in Corona to improve service to customers in San Diego Country and southern California.
Freedom Tire hired industry veteran Jeff Scott to head up the San Diego expansion. Mr. Scott has close to 30 years' experience in the business, most recently as a co-owner, with his brother Barney, of Barney's Tire & Wheel in Temecula, Calif.
Freedom Tire moved to a 40,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Corona in November 2013 to lay the foundation for growth. Freedom Tire President and CEO Tom Hoffman said he's evaluating prospects to add at least two warehouses in the next couple of years to support the growth plans.
Mr. Hoffman said he's confident expanding to San Diego should help the company boost sales as much as 30 percent this year, building on 22-percent growth the company chalked up last year as it expanded its footprint into Los Angeles County from Southern California's Inland Empire and Orange County.
Opening service to San Diego is Phase 3 of Freedom Tire's three-year expansion plan, Mr. Hoffman said. It's roughly 100 miles from Corona to central San Diego.