Sullivan Tire Co. Inc. celebrated the opening of its new store in Somerville, Mass., with an open house in May. The company purchased and renovated the 7,500-square-foot building.

Top 100 Dealers Are Acquiring, Renovating, and Building

To buy or to build? That’s a question all business owners ask themselves as they ponder strategies for growth. This year’s Modern Tire Dealer 100 is replete with examples of each as some dealers are opting for growth through acquisition and others are choosing to grow by building new stores.


Exec Reveals the Secret to Tire Discounters' Success

Earlier this year, Tire Discounters Inc. reached a rare milestone -- it opened its 100th store. Of all the independent dealers on the Modern Tire Dealer 100 list, only eight dealerships can make that claim (next up: Belle Tire Distributors Inc.).

Gary Faircloth (center) is presented with the proceeds of the Black's Tire and Auto Service 2014 Charity Golf Tournament from (left to right) Vice Presidents Ryan, Ricky III and Jeremy Benton and CFO Jamie Godwin.

For Black's Tire, charity begins on the golf course

Despite an ominous beginning, the 14th annual Black's Tire and Auto Service Charity Golf Tournament ended on a bright note, with a record $85,934 raised for the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc.

Family members, politicians and business leaders helped Bill Ziegler, center, president of Ziegler Tire, cut the ribbon on the company's new North Canton, Ohio, location.

Ziegler Tire holds ribbon cutting ceremony

Ziegler Tire & Supply Co. based in Massillon, Ohio, held a grand opening for its newest outlet with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local politicians, business leaders, supplier representatives and new and long-time customers. The store was built in North Canton, Ohio, and replaces an older Ziegler Tire outlet that was in the same vicinity.

Rent-A-Wheel/Rent-A-Tire Inc. is focusing on building business at newly acquired company stores, such as the Las Cruces, N.M., outlet, while launching a franchise model nationally this month.

MTD 100: ‘Internet pricing leveled the playing field’

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.


Stratham Tire adds store in New Hampshire

Stratham Tire has opened a new location in Newfields, N.H., a short distance from where the company was founded over 50 years ago. The company held a grand opening celebration on Jan. 9, 2014.


Plaza Tire Service opens 57th store

Plaza Tire Service has opened its 57th outlet in St. Peters, Mo. The newly built store is the company’s second location within the city and its seventh store in St. Charles County.

Plaza Tire Service bought five Ewers Tire and Service locations in mid-Missouri to bring its store count up to 56. The company kicked off its golden anniversary year by replacing its flagship store, occupied since opening in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1963, with a new store.

Modern Tire Dealer 100 for 2013: Where’s the profit?

If there’s a surprise in this year’s Modern Tire Dealer 100, it’s not who landed where in the rankings. The surprise is the number of dealers who say they are seeing better margins in auto repair services versus tire sales.


Tire Discounters to sell Pirelli tires

Tire Discounters Inc. announced it will sell Pirelli tires at all 81 retail locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company will carry 15 sizes of Pirelli’s new Cinturato P7 All Season Plus line, which includes a 70k warranty.

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