National Tire and Battery

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National Tire and Battery
Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Automotive Services
Predecessors
  • National Tire Warehouse
  • Tire America
Founded 1997; 21 years ago (1997) by the merger of National Tire Warehouse with Tire America
Number of locations
over 226 (2003)[1]
Parent
Website www.ntb.com

National Tire and Battery (NTB) is an American brand of auto service centers. It was formerly owned by Sears until it was spun off in 2003.

History[edit]

Sears created the brand in 1997 by consolidating the Tire America (TA) and National Tire Warehouse (NTW) brands, adding the "B" to include its DieHard brand of batteries.[2] Sears original acquired both Tire America and National Tire Warehouse in 1988 when it acquired its then parent Western Auto Supply.[3]

In 2003, Sears sold the brand, which consisted mostly of stores set apart from its name brand stores, to TBC Corporation. A Sears spokesman said "Because of the separate branding and the lack of proximity to our retail operations, we weren't able to drive growth like a TBC could".[1] The chain of 226 stores was reported to have brought in $425 million in revenue and $60 million in profit in 2002.[1]

TBC Corporation includes Tire Kingdom, Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers and Big O Tire stores. Together they operate more than 1,200 locations in 41 states Washington DC, Alberta & British Columbia, Canada.[4]

Services[edit]

National Tire and Battery specializes in Fluid Services (Oil Changes, Brake Fluid Exchange, Coolant Exchange, and Transmission Fluid Exchange), Battery Services, Wiper Blades, Brake Services, Steering & Suspension Services, and Vehicle Inspections.[5]

Controversy[edit]

In 2015, National Tire and Battery (NTB) was forced to pay a former employee $22,500 for national origin and religious harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hays, Constance L. (September 23, 2003). "Sears Plans to Sell National Tire and Battery for $260 Million". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Sears to Expand Stand-Alone Auto Outlets". New York Times. March 20, 1997. 
  3. ^ Key, Janet (March 17, 1988). "Sears Buying Western Auto Supply". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ "About Us". National Tire and Battery. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  5. ^ "The Services You Need". National Tire and Battery. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  6. ^ "National Tire and Battery to Pay $22.5K to Settle Employee Harassment Suit". Insurance Journal. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 

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