For 52 years Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. had an exclusive, multi-state territory with Toyo Tire USA Corp. That deal, which effectively locked out other tire dealers, including online retailers, from selling Toyo-branded products in the northwest corner of the U.S., has come to an end.
I have written in the past about how progressive and tire-dealer-like Costco Wholesale Corp. is. It just doesn't sell tires like a wholesale club, and it even sells online.
Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. expanded into the Southern California market with the opening of two stores in June 2016. Three more stores are set to open by the end of July.
The maxim “business as usual” has become “business unusual” for the dealers on this year’s MTD 100. They emerged from a global recession to find an increasing threat to their margins: tire pricing on the Web. Their willingness to adapt to change has given them the competitive edge to grow their businesses.
A St. Helens, Ore., Les Schwab Tire Center suffered extensive fire and water damage from a fire that broke out Aug. 24, 2012, during business hours. All customers and employees were safely evacuated and there were no injuries.
Les Schwab Tire Centers plans to expand into Denver, Colo., and central California this year. The 434-store dealership will open five stores in each market.
As the year quickly winds down, I wanted to once again honor the industry people who died over the course of the last 365 days.
Monroe, Ind.-based Best-One Tire & Service tops Modern Tire Dealer's 2010 Top 25 United States Commercial Tire Dealer list with 65 commercial-only outlets, 117 combination commercial-retail outlets and 17 retread plants.
The memorial service for Phil Wick, the longtime Les Schwab Tire Centers executive who died recently, will be held Sunday, Aug. 29, in Bend, Ore. It will begin at 2 p.m. at the Riverhouse Convention Center.
G. Phillip (Phil) Wick, former chairman of Les Schwab Tire Centers, died in Oregon on Aug. 17, 2010. He was 66.
With 775 retail stores throughout the United States, Discount Tire Co. Inc. tops this year's 2010 MTD 100, the industry's most comprehensive list of independent tire dealer chains.
Seeking advice on how to build and run a profitable tire dealership? Look no further than "Pride in Performance: Keep It Going," a book by the late Les Schwab.
Walk through any book store; business management books are a dime a dozen. If you read ANY business management book this year, make it "Pride in Performance: Keep It Going" by the late Les Schwab.