“We are excited about this acquisition of a strategic 12-location automotive service chain and tire wholesale business, which positions Pep Boys as the third-largest automotive repair and maintenance chain in Memphis,” said Pep Boys’ President of Service, Bill Ihnken. “It allows us to enter into a new market with Pep Boys’ Service business while leveraging well-established locations with significant growth potential.”
Mathis Tire, a Goodyear dealer in business for 24 years, has nine locations. In 2003, Mathis Tire purchased Direct Tire, a three-shop Michelin Tire dealer and tire wholesaler that has operated in the area for nearly 40 years.
Pep Boys will expand the hours of and the services performed by the 12 locations as they are transitioned to Pep Boys Service & Tire Centers, offering a full range of services such as oil changes, tire installations, brake repair and suspension work.
“With the help of the more than 90 experienced Team Members we are welcoming to our organization, Pep Boys has the opportunity to serve the automotive repair and maintenance needs of customers across the city of Memphis and its suburbs, including several communities in Mississippi,” commented Daniel A. Ninivaggi, CEO of Icahn Automotive Group LLC, the parent company of Pep Boys. “In addition, this purchase includes a large tire warehouse, which houses over 6,000 tire units. We will grow its existing tire wholesale business and leverage this warehouse to launch a tire distribution operation in Memphis.”
Ninivaggi concluded, “This acquisition fits squarely into Pep Boys’ long-term strategy to grow its Service and tire distribution business in target markets across the U.S.”
About Pep Boys
In 1921, Pep Boys was founded in Philadelphia by Emanuel “Manny” Rosenfeld, two Moes – Maurice “Moe” Strauss and Moe Radavitz – and W. Graham “Jack” Jackson. For more than 95 years, Pep Boys been one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket chains, providing name-brand tires; automotive maintenance and repair; parts and expert advice for the Do-It-Yourselfer; commercial auto parts delivery; and fleet maintenance and repair to customers across the U.S. With Just Brakes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack, Pep Boys operates more than 8,300 service bays in over 930 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Customers can find the nearest location by calling 1-800-PEP BOYS (1-800-737-2697) or by visiting www.pepboys.com. Pep Boys is owned by Icahn Automotive Group LLC.