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On the Fast Track: RNR Tire Express Picks Up Steam

National franchise operation RNR Tire Express had a banner year in 2020 and is poised for an even better 2021. The Tampa. Fla.-based company has agreements in place to open nearly 50 more franchise outlets before the end of the year. Larry Sutton, president of RNR Tire Express, wants 500 franchise locations by 2027. It’s an ambitious target, but well within reach, he says.


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Sun Auto Tire Gets New Majority Investor and CEO

Los Angeles, Calif.-based private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners is now a majority investor in Sun Auto Tire & Service. Tony Puckett will join Sun Auto as the company's new CEO, replacing Frank Kneller, who has stepped down to "pursue other opportunities," according to a statement from Sun Auto.


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AAPEX to Require Vaccine or Negative Covid Test

SEMA Show Organizers Say Safety Regulations Are Still to Come

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), held in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test to attend the 2021 event. SEMA officials so far have not announced a vaccine requirement, but say they'll soon issue what safety measures will be required for this year's show.


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Best-One of Indy to Acquire 15th Store

Within a five-month span, Indy Tire Centers Inc. dba Best-One of Indy is set to acquire its third tire dealership in Indiana. On Sept. 1 the company will take over operations of Robinson Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette.
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Is a New Segment of CUV Tires Emerging?

Off-Roading CUVS Are Pushing Boundaries
As if CUVs weren’t already taking American roadways by storm, these versatile non-sedans are now increasingly the vehicle of choice for those who want to play off-road, too. It's adding complexity to the fast-growing CUV tire segment. Light truck tire experts break it down and answer the all-important question: What do tire dealers need to know as we move forward?
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Sun Auto Tire Acquires Dealer in Texas

Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc. continues to expand its footprint in Texas, this time with the acquisition of McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive Inc., a four-store, retail-focused dealership serving the Austin market.
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Big O Tires Dealer Adds 2nd Store

After recording $4 million in sales in their first year of ownership of a Big O Tires store, the husband-wife team of Steve and Cody Gray have acquired a second store and converted the former Point S location to the Big O Tires banner.
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