ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Big O Tires franchisee Steve Schaut has sold two of his locations in Washington, in Renton and Lake Stevens, but continues to own and operate a location in Issaquah.
The new owners are Dean Frank (d.b.a. West Coast Tire Pro) in Renton and Thomas and Mary Flinders in Lake Stevens. Both are new to the Big O Tires system.
Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The stores, all in the greater Seattle metro area, are the only three Big O locations in Washington.
"We're excited to have Dean Frank and the Flinders as the newest members of the Big O Tires family," said John Kairys, executive vice president and general manager of Big O Tires, a TBC Corp. business.
"They are energized franchisees new to the system and eager to make a lasting first impression in the market where opportunities have surfaced as result of Steve Schaut re-evaluating his portfolio."
Regarding his future as a Big O dealer, Mr. Schaut said, "Big O has a solid and proven infrastructure that provides extensive support in all facets on my business."
He has been a Big O franchisee for more than 15 years. His d.b.a. is Tires 2 You L.L.C.
Big O did not provide background on either Mr. Frank or the Flinders.