Articles by Joy Kopcha

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TireSouth Eyes Expansion in Atlanta

Twelve years ago, when Michael and Jessica Spencer opened TireSouth Inc. in the midst of the Great Recession, plenty of people warned them they were crazy. Today that first store in McDonough, Ga. is thriving and the Spencers are preparing to open their sixth location in the Atlanta, Ga., market.


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Goodbye to Sears Auto Centers

Not quite four years ago Amazon picked its first partner for tire installation and balancing services. Consumers buying any tire on Amazon.com could have it installed at any of that installer’s 400-plus stores. Today, that entire network of stores has closed.


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3 Questions with VIP Tires’ Tim Winkeler

Paying Higher Wages Is a ‘Philosophical Line in the Sand’

In our latest three-question interview, VIP Tires & Service CEO and President Tim Winkeler talks about the pressures of recruiting, opening new stores and expanding the company’s services for fleets. Plus, we cover the importance of company culture, and what that means for the nation's 19th largest tire dealership.


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