American Tire Distributors Inc.'s (ATD) Tire Pros marketing group aims to reach 700 franchise tire retail locations by year-end.
Tire Pros President Greg Bell told Tire Business that while supply-chain problems persist in the industry, the company has been able to leverage its relationship with wholesaler ATD for continued growth.
Bell talked about business so far this year, along with the Charlotte, N.C.-based company's support of the Gary Sinise Foundation for the Tire Business Mid-Year Report.
How has consumer buying behavior changed this year?
Consumers are investing more money in car maintenance and services, especially as the car parc age climbs north of 12 years. So that's good for business. Even though inflation and higher gas prices affect everyone, we're seeing that people are still traveling this summer — tens of millions of people traveled by car during the July 4 weekend.
They might not be traveling far, but after two years of COVID-19 shutting down so much travel, consumers are back on the road and living their lives. With frequent flight cancellations occurring more regularly, people are turning to road trips, as they have control over their schedule and time. And that means more opportunities for us.