Boys Tires is a widely known name throughout all the USA, but is it
everything one would hope for when choosing a place to buy tires?
By Karl Drew, an Australian-based business writer with 20 years experience in entertainment, transport and security.
The guys behind Pep Boys
Tires (Manny, Moe & Jack), started their business in
1921. Emanuel (Manny) Rosenfeld, Maurice L. (Moe)
Strauss, and W. Graham (Jack) Jackson opened their first
store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The organization has
come a very long way since then; now there are 570 Pep
Boys Tires stores and approximately 6,000 service bays in
35 states and Puerto Rico.
Pep Boys offer a wide spectrum of services, from full vehicle maintenance and repair to commercial auto parts delivery, Pep Boys is also one of the leading sellers of replacement tires in the United States.
So What Do Pep Boys Sell? Tires and Other Stuff, of Course
In 1946, Pep Boys went public and was listed on the U.S. stock exchange. Manny Rosenfeld became the company's first corporate president, and he held that position until his death in 1959. Moe Strauss served as president of the organization from 1960 to 1973 and then remained a member of the board of directors until he passed away in 1982. In 1986, Manny's grandson, Stuart Rosenfeld, became Vice President of Distribution; he is the only founding family member that is actively involved in company management.
Pep Boys prides itself on serving all four segments of
the automotive aftermarket industry:
In 2009, Pep Boys acquired Florida Tire for $4.35 million. The acquisition of the tire retailer will give Pep Boys 10 service-and-tire centers in the Orlando market that generate sales of $14 million a year.
The Pep Boys range isn't as extensive as some other retailers and is obviously aimed at specific markets like touring tires, performance tires, ultra high performance tires, and light truck and SUV tires. The Pep Boys range includes a lot of the usual brands like Goodyear, Hancook and Cooper. However, there are also a few lesser known brands like Cornell 1000, Futura, and Definity. Considering the success Pep Boys has had over the many years it has been in business, you'd be crazy to criticize the Pep Boys' tire range, so I won't even try.
Unlike many other tire retailers, Pep Boys aren't trying to push online sales. Instead, Pep Boys seem to be increasing their locations and relying on the customers that want that "traditional” purchasing experience of walking into a store and talking to a real person. With so many stores, Pep Boys stores must be getting it right.
When you step inside a Pep Boys, tires are probably what's on your mind. Pep Boys tires stores really push their mantra of buying 4 tires at the same time, rather than just replace two now and the other two further down the track like a lot of us do. They have several reasons for this and they all make a lot of sense:
Pep Boys stores offer wheel alignment services to keep your new tires in tip top condition. Some of the warning signs of a bad wheel alignment to look out for are;
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