Tire Discounters Inc. will expand into its sixth state later this year, and says it is "also looking for other strategic opportunities."

The Ohio-based tire dealer, which holds the no. 8 spot on the Modern Tire Dealer 100, plans to enter the Huntsville, Ala. market later this year. That will extend the company's footprint beyond Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Georgia.

“We are excited to introduce ourselves to the Huntsville community as we continue our rapid expansion across all markets,” says Jamie Ward, president of Tire Discounters. “Having opened or remodeled 29 locations in the past three years, we’re eager to continue that momentum and bring our high levels of customer service to more and more customers.”

Ward says that this year, Tire Discounters plans to open one new location and remodel five existing stores in the Greater Cincinnati area, three stores each in both Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn., and one new store in both Louisville and Lexington, Ky.

In addition, Tire Discounters says it's open to "other strategic opportunities."

Ward says, “To us, ‘family owned and operated’ means treating our customers like our friends and neighbors. We want to partner with other family owned and operated businesses with a similar, customer-first philosophy as we expand our business.

"We want everyone to know that there are other choices than selling to some big faceless corporation. We know that not everyone has a solid succession plan like we do, and we want family tire and service retailers considering options to sell to know they can trust us to take care of their customers and their hard-earned reputations."

Clarissa Niese, chief customer officer for Tire Discounters, says, “As we continue to grow and serve more communities, we’re focused on providing an unmatched customer experience. The addition of our new stores — and the remodeling of others — will allow us to service more customers and offer them a trusted, nearby expert whenever car care needs arise.”

The company also is making investments in its technology infrastructure to help deliver an enhanced customer experience. Tire Discounters is implementing a state-of-the-art point-of-sale system, an updated phone system, and also is refreshing its website, www.TireDiscounters.com.