Two Big O Tires LLC stores in Washington have new owner/operators.

Steve Schaut has sold two of his Big O Tires stores. The one in Renton, Wash., was sold to Dean Frank, owner of West Coast Tire Pro Inc., and the store in Lake Stevens, Wash., was sold to Thomas and Mary Flinders

“We’re excited to have Dean Frank and the Flinders as the newest members of the Big O Tires family,” says John Kairys, executive vice president and general manager of Big O Tires. “They are energized franchisees new to the system and eager to make a lasting first impression in the market where opportunities have surfaced as result of Steve Schaut reevaluating his portfolio.”

Schaut, who does business as Tires 2 You LLC, remains a Big O Tires franchisee operating his Issaquah, Wash., store.

“Big O has a solid and proven infrastructure that provides extensive support in all facets on my business,” says Schaut. “Their buying power as a leading franchise organization provides me with the programs I need to compete in the tire and automotive service industry.”

Big O Tires, a subsidiary of TBC Corp., says it constantly evaluates opportunities for both new and existing franchisees.

“At Big O Tires, we are constantly working with our franchisee base to collectively make decisions that are in the best interest of the individual franchisee and the organization as a whole,” says Kairys.

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