TAMPA, Fla. — RNR Tire Express (RNR) has signed a deal with a pair of franchise industry veterans who are committed to open 16 RNR Tire locations in Alabama and Georgia over the next six years.
The business partners behind the deal, Mike Hultquist and Grant Wetherill of OzarkGa L.L.C., are looking to develop locations Auburn-Opelika and Phenix City, Ala., and Warner Robins and Columbus, Ga., RNR said.
The first location should be open within the coming 12 months.
Messrs. Hulquist and Wetherill bring more than 16 years’ experience growing and developing businesses to the RNR partnership. Among their accomplishments is building a network of 65 Game X Change franchise locations across eight states, RNR said.
“RNR continues to fill a void in the marketplace as consumers seek convenient payment options when it comes to quality tires and wheels,” Mr. Hultquist said.
“As we introduce new RNR locations, Grant and I look forward to bringing the brand’s affordable pay-as-you-go model to communities across Georgia and Alabama. This agreement is a representation of the commitment our team has to the business and providing a premium product and service to a growing market.”
There are two RNR outlets in Alabama, in Dothan and Montgomery, but none thus far in Georgia.
RNR Founder and President Larry Sutton said, “Mike and Grant are a great fit for our brand, and we are extremely grateful to have them as part of the RNR family.
“The ongoing trust and determination our franchise owners have dedicated to our brand has truly been the cornerstone to our brand’s mission of being the best tire and wheel concept in America.”
RNR sells and installs tires and custom wheels and offers rent-to-own payment plans. RNR, with 102 locations in 21 states, ranked as the 14th largest independent retail tire dealership in the 2017 Tire Business annual rankings.
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About RNR Tire Express
Founded in 2000, RNR has grown to more than 100 locations in 21 states, including seven owned by Mr. Sutton. The brand was listed recently by Entrepreneur Magazine as No. 1 in the wheels and tires category in the publications’ 2018 Franchise 500 list.
RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels is a national franchise retailer of quality tires and custom wheels offered with convenient, no credit hassle payment plans designed to fit each client’s unique budgets. Established in 2000 by rent-to-own veteran, Larry Sutton, RNR has grown to over 100 locations in 21 states. For the third year in a row, the brand was listed as the No. 1 in category for wheels and tires in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2018 Franchise 500 list and also took home the No. 202 spot on the annual ranking. For the third time, RNR ranked on the Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. The brand owns two spots on Tire Business’ 2017 Annual Report coming in at No. 15 for total revenue and No. 18 for total locations. RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels is seeking qualified multi-unit franchisees to expand even further nationally with prime markets available throughout the country. For more information about RNR, or to inquire about franchise opportunities, visit www.RNRfranchise.com.