LUBBOCK, Texas — RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels franchisee JSA Tires Inc. has struck a deal with RNR to open up to six RNR stores in Arizona in the coming years, RNR Tire said recently.
Owned by rent-to-own business veterans AJ Arthus and Jason Summers, JSA Tire has four RNR Tire locations open in west Texas and is readying a fifth, in Laredo, to open in the coming months, according to Vince Ficarrotta, vice president of franchising with RNR.
JSA opened its first two RNR Tire stores in 2016 in Lubbock and followed up with stores in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Clovis, N.M.
According to Mr. Ficarotta, JSA wanted to keep growing and approached RNR about rights to open stores in Arizona. As yet the franchisees haven't disclosed which cities will be first on the list.
Mr. Arthus is owner of six Vision Furniture & Appliance lease-to-own stores in the Lubbock area; Mr. Summers joined Mr. Arthus in 2016 as managing partner after 10 years with Sprint.
At the same time, RNR is looking for "qualified multi-unit franchise partners" to open up to three stores in the Las Vegas area, which the franchisor has identified as a market that fits its business model.
RNR representatives attended the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference March 24-27 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas with that in mind.
RNR Founder and President Larry Sutton noted that Las Vegas' "demographics and tremendous long-term growth potential make it a perfect fit for the (RNR) concept. …"
Overall, RNR sees the potential to add nearly 40 locations this year, building on the network of 118 existing RNR locations in 23 states.