PORTLAND, Ore. — The Point S Tire & Auto Service network grew by 20 outlets last year — including the second dealership in Alaska — and anticipates further growth in 2018 as the marketing cooperative ramps up distribution in the U.S. Heartland.
The new points of sale are spread over 11 states within Point S's existing distribution footprint and each represents a business owner new to the Point S system. The new stores push the Point S network past the 200-outlet mark throughout 16 states.
Clint Young, director of sales and business development at Point S U.S.A., said the number of new stores "speaks to the power of Point S. New Point S locations and existing members all made a powerful decision to join a group that exists to protect their independence, but our offerings also improve their ability to serve their customers and connect with new ones."
The new Point S dealers are located in
- Alaska — Fairbanks;
- California — Eureka, Redding;
- Colorado — Durango;
- Idaho — Buhl, Idaho Falls and Montpelier;
- Nevada — Winnemucca;
- New Mexico – Farmington and Kirtland;
- Oklahoma — Haskell and Stillwater;
- Oregon — Clackamas, Junction City and Vale;
- Utah — Duchesne and Salt Lake City;
- Washington — Port Orchard and Royal City; and
- Wyoming — Buffalo
Point S's growth moving forward will include recruiting dealers further to the east from the group's existing footprint, which goes as far west as eastern Oklahoma.
In December, Point S struck a deal with Nussbaum Distributing Inc. of Memphis, Tenn., to be its distribution partner for Point S member dealers the dealer cooperative is planning to recruit as it moves eastward.
Adding Nussbaum as a distribution partner provides Point S the capacity to add 50 stores to its network, according to Clint Young, director of sales and business development at Point S USA.
This deal gives Point S a fourth U.S. distribution center in the U.S., supplementing warehouses in Denver, Salt Lake City and Portland.
Point S Tire will be holding its annual owners meeting Feb. 22-26 in Hollywood, Calif., where the member-owned cooperative is expected to discuss in more detail its expansion aspirations.