AKRON — Despite a near unprecedented scale of merger/acquisition activity in the retail tire/aftermarket auto service market over the past 12 months — with over 600 points of sales changing hands — the operating dynamics of a "typical" larger-scale, multi-store independent retail tire dealership in North America didn't change measurably.
According to data collected and analyzed by Tire Business, the typical Top 100 dealership operates 20 stores generating roughly $2.7 million in revenue per outlet with a dozen tire brands available.
The dealership size of 20 stores is the median of the 100 dealerships profiled in this year's report.
That's down from 22 a year ago and 21 the year before, reflecting in part the absorption of primarily mid-size dealerships by the larger, acquisition-driven dealerships.
As a result, the cutoff to make the Top 100 this year was 10 stores, down from 11 a year ago, helping to maintain the median number in the low 20s.