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Point S Adds 16 Stores in the U.S. in 2018

As the Point S Tire & Auto brand continues its march into the eastern U.S., leaders are celebrating a year of 16 new stores and the opportunity of four new market states. But it's not only about the new guys. Existing dealers are happy too, and giving the network high marks in its annual survey.  

Carl Jonientz, owner of Tiny's Tire Center Point S in Tacoma, Wash., was among the dealers who brought his family to the dealer meeting. Ten-year-old Carlyn Jonientz walked the trade show floor with her dad.
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Photos: Tire Factory Dealers Go to California

Tire Factory Inc. dealers reported to University City, Calif., for their 2018 annual meeting. With nearly 500 dealers, vendors and guests on hand, the group learned about new initiatives underway for the Point S retail banner, gathered product tips from top tire manufacturers, walked the trade show floor, and even spent some time at Universal Studios next door.

Tire Factory is working to expand the Point S footprint in the U.S., and says the addition of the Memphis warehouse provides the capacity for another 50 stores.
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Look for a Dozen Point S Stores Near Memphis by the End of 2018

The same day Tire Factory Inc. took possession of a warehouse in Memphis, Tenn. — its first in the eastern half of the U.S. — CEO Walter Lybeck says the tire cooperative already had “20 store leads” it was actively pursuing. “And that number is growing quickly."

A big feature of the grand opening at Ron's Tire & Motorsports was a series of performances by BMX freestyle athletes.
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Photos: Ron's Tire & Motorsports Opens a New Store in Idaho Falls

Ron's Tire Inc. opened a new store in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and its inventory features much more than tires. Motorcycles, bicycles, power equipment, grills and even barbecue sauce are sold here. The sales staff is cross trained to sell every product under the roof.  

Point S Dealer and outgoing Tire Factory Board Member Craig Bruneel moderated a panel discussion featuring, left to right, Chris Barbara from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Bob Toth from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and Jim Murphy, leader of Tire Factory's Top Flight group.
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Photos: 2017 Tire Factory Dealer Meeting

Tire Factory Inc. moved its annual dealer meeting from its hometown of Portland, Ore. and spent Feb. 16-18, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The change in venue offered some changes to the schedule too, as dealers spent a fun night at Octane Raceway racing bumper cars and playing arcade games with their families.

Bobby Hendry from 31 Inc. was from one of 80-plus vendors at the Tire Factory trade show. Here he talks to Mike Fleming, equipment supply manager for the dealer group, and Marc Thompson from Point S Everett in Everett, Wash.
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Point S Rebranding Exceeds Expectations in the U.S., and Points to More Growth

Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.

Jared McDermott, left, and Debra Bonogofsky, owners of L.P. Anderson Point S Tire and Auto Service, stand on the roof of their new solar-powered store with Tire Factory CEO Walter Lybeck.
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A Solar-Powered Tire Store Opens in Montana

Almost 60 years after the first L.P. Anderson tire store opened in Billings, Mont., the family-run business has opened its second location. The owners have invested $2.5 million to make the new L.P. Anderson Point S Tire and Auto Service a reality.

Walter Lybeck, CEO of Tire Factory, speaks to dealers during the cooperative's annual meeting in February 2016. He was named CEO April 4, 2016.
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Tire Factory’s New CEO Outlines 3 Paths to Growth

Walter Lybeck sees plenty of growth potential for Tire Factory Inc. And after a couple weeks as the cooperative’s permanent CEO, he outlined his strategy to pursue that growth during an interview with Modern Tire Dealer.

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