The typical Top 100 tire dealership offers a dozen brands — eight to nine flag and three to four import and/or private brand — with Michelin (carried by 65 dealerships), BFGoodrich (64), Continental and Firestone (60 each) the dominant brands available at the leading dealerships that make up this year’s ranking.
Those brands are followed by Bridgestone (56), Cooper (54), Goodyear (51), General (48); Uniroyal (46), Pirelli (45), Hankook, Kelly and Yokohama (38 each), Dunlop and Sumitomo (36 each), Toyo (34) and Falken (31).
All but three of the 101 dealerships profiled this year are privately owned, including Max Auto Supply Inc. and Ben Tire Distributors Ltd., which are employee-owned.
The firms publicly owned or controlled by outside financial holdings — Monro Inc., Icahn Automotive and TBC Corp. — are Nos. 2, 4 and 5 on the largest dealerships ranking.
In addition, four of the largest dealerships — No. 1 Mavis Tire, No. 6 Les Schwab Tire Centers, No. 7 Sun Auto Tire & Service, and No. 10 Big Brand Tire Co. — are controlled by private-equity firms.
In Canada, Goodyear owns minority stakes in Beverly Tire and Fountain Tire Corp.