Bridgestone to Open Nearly 60 New Stores in 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn.March 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas and the largest network of company-owned tire and automotive service centers in the world, announced it will open 58 new stores across the U.S. in 2021 as part of the company’s continued growth strategy. The projected launches follow significant BSRO expansion in 2020 when 52 new locations opened amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent impacts on the retail sector.

“We are grateful that despite all the changes 2020 had in store for us, we were able to create jobs in 52 new communities and provide essential services to more customers across the country,” said Marko Ibrahim, president, Bridgestone Retail Operations. “We are excited to continue expanding our retail footprint in 2021 as we solidify our position as the most trusted tire and automotive service provider in every neighborhood we serve.”

 

 

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Bridgestone Delivers Service to Customers’ Driveways with Firestone Direct

NASHVILLE, Tenn.March 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced the launch of Firestone Direct mobile vehicle service for car owners and fleet operators. Firestone Direct brings the capabilities of the company’s 2,200 Bridgestone Retail Operations automotive service centers directly to vehicle owners’ homes or workplaces to offer maximum convenience with safe, contact-free service. 

The innovative new offering uses custom-designed and specially equipped vans operated by certified technicians to perform a wide range of maintenance services, including fluid and filter changes, tire repair and replacement, battery check and replacement, and more. The new service launched first in Nashville and Atlanta, and expanded into Orlando and Tampa in March. Through 2021, Firestone Direct will continue to grow into additional markets across the southeastern U.S., with plans to expand nationwide by 2023.

 

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You Can Now Pay for Your Tires with Dogecoin

In its search for alternative payments, Pay Later Tires has announced that it now supports Dogecoin, becoming the very first tire and wheel retailer in the U.S. to make such a move.

From now, its customers will be able to buy or lease tires from brands like Michelin and Hankook for various types of vehicles with the meme cryptocurrency.

Apart from Dogecoin, it also accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum, the two largest cryptocurrencies.

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ATD, Tirescanner.com Partner to Create New Tirebuyer.com

There’s a new Tirebuyer.com and it’s “an equity partnership between American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) and Tirescanner.com,” says Michael Welch, the new entity’s president and CEO.

“What was Tirebuyer.com before, as a brand and entity, was effectively a division of ATD,” Welch recently told MTD. “It’s now an independent business. 

“We’ve merged the assets of the two businesses into a new entity” that Welch says will combine the strengths and capabilities of both Tirescanner.com, the company he founded in 2018, and Tirebuyer.com’s existing platform.

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Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. Announces Price Increases

Langley, BC (February 15, 2021) Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. has announced price increases for its commercial, OTR and consumer tires sold in Canada.  

Prices will increase up to 5% with variances by segment and business channel. Commercial and OTR tire price increases will be effective March 1, 2021 with consumer tire price increases effective April 1, 2021.

 

About Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc.

Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. markets and distributes a full line of tires for high performance, passenger car, light truck, and commercial truck applications, as well as off-the-road tires for mining, forestry and construction applications. It maintains distribution centers across Canada to serve more than 1,000 independent tire dealers and well over 3,000 retail locations. yokohama.ca/.

 

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Brand Development Manager                               Susan Elliott        

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Bridgestone Names New President of Retail Operations

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Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas , announced that Marko Ibrahim has been named president of Bridgestone Retail Operations.

Ibrahim joined BSRO in February 2018 as vice president of stores and was promoted to senior vice president of stores in 2020.

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Purcell Tire Joins Michelin’s Commercial, Retreading Networks

Purcell Tire & Rubber Co., the ninth-largest commercial tire dealer in the country and the fifth-largest retreader, is joining the Michelin Commercial Service Network and Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. and Oliver Rubber Co. LLC retreading networks.

With 65 service locations and five retread plants in 15 states, Purcell Tire is also the largest retreader of OTR tires in North America. 

“After a 30-year relationship with Michelin, Purcell Tire is honored to be a part of a very exclusive network of dealers focused on offering the best products and services for commercial and OTR fleets,” says Bob Purcell, owner of Purcell Tire.

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Tire Discounters Hires Crawford to Lead Franchise Program

Tire Discounters Inc. has hired industry veteran Dave Crawford to lead its recently unveiled franchise program, which will launch in 2021.

As director of franchise development, Crawford will help “accelerate the company’s national growth by adding best-in-class franchise dealers” to complement its 135-plus company-owned locations, say Tire Discounters officials.

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Canadian Auto Dealers Seek Managed ICE Phaseout

OTTAWA – The Canadian automobile sector has called on the country’s provinces to better coordinate efforts to increase demand for electric vehicles. This follows the Québec government announcing a ban on local sales of new combustion-driven light vehicles from 2035.

While the ban would not apply to most commercial vehicles and used-auto sales, and hybrid sales and use might still be allowed, Brian Kingston, the new president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn., fears this policy might not achieve its goal of promoting EV sales: “You need a plan, not a ban,” he tells Wards.

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Exec. Interview: Bill Caldwell, Continental’s Sr. VP of Sales

COVID-19 has affected tire manufacturers in a myriad of ways, and Continental Tire the Americas is no exception. While the company has made changes to its dealer program this year, they’ve shown resilience with the help of industry partners and have a big 2021 ahead.

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