The Company began in 1972 with $150 and 50 consignment tires in a 200 square foot stall at the West Palm Beach Farmer's Market. While operating as a cash and carry business, customers explained that they preferred to have their tires installed where they purchased them. With $500 in borrowed money, tire-changing equipment was purchased, and Tire Kingdom was born. Business increased rapidly and soon outgrew Farmer's Market. Over the next several years, Tire Kingdom stores opened in West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota. By 1988, Tire Kingdom expanded into all major south Florida markets. Tire Kingdom's expansion continued throughout south and central Florida as well as into North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Ohio.
On June 5, 2000, Memphis-based TBC Corporation (NASDAQ/NM: TBCC) purchased the company. TBC Corporation is one of the nation's largest marketers and distributors of tires for the automotive replacement market. TBC will continue to expand Tire Kingdom with additional locations in markets it currently serves as well as to extend its geographic coverage. Tire Kingdom is committed to continued growth and expansion and is dedicated to becoming the leading tire and automotive services retailer in the nation.
The right product at the right place, at the right time, at the right price, with the right attitude, and the right service.
Tire Kingdom is the largest independent tire and automotive services retailer in the United States, operating over 600 stores with more than 5,000 employees. Tire Kingdom successfully serves millions of customers a year and is committed to outstanding customer service.
We offer professional automotive service, maintenance, and repair performed by our trained and certified ASE technicians using state-of-the-art equipment. Each year we invest millions of dollars in the latest equipment and training to supplement our store personnel's education and keep them abreast of the latest technical advancements. It's the only way that we can make sure that Tire Kingdom continues to be the leader in providing you with "world-class" service.