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Pep Boys acquires 17 L.A.-area Discount Tire Centers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Philadelphia – The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack has acquired 17 Discount Tire Centers in Southern California from AKH Co. These 17 stores are located throughout the greater Los Angeles market, from Bakersfield to Orange County.

They will re-open on Sept. 12 as Pep Boys stores and provide full-service vehicle maintenance and repair, including brand-name and private-label replacement tires. According to the retailer, 75% of Los Angeles-area residents will live within three miles of a Pep Boys location once the stores are opened, with the new stores, Pep Boys has close to 150 stores in California and more than 750 locations nationally.

“We are excited to add these convenient service locations for customers and welcome new associates to the Pep Boys family,” said Pep Boys president and CEO Mike Odell. “We aim to grow in the neighborhoods where our customers live and work through the acquisition and development of Service & Tire Centers.”

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Dick’s opens stores in South Carolina, New Jersey

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pittsburgh – Dick’s Sporting Goods reopened a newly renovated store in Columbia, S.C., on Sept. 8 and is opening a brand new store in South Plainfield, N.J., on Sept. 13.

The remodeled 59,000-sq.-ft. store in Columbia includes additional specialized services and hands-on customer experiences, including a golf simulator, a club fitting center, putting green, an archery lane with an on-site bow technician, and bike safety inspections, custom fittings, tune-ups and assembly.

The South Plainfield location will be the retailer’s 17th store in the state of New Jersey and its 531st nationwide.

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Dover Saddlery plans first Florida store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Littleton, Mass. – Dover Saddlery Retail plans to open its first store in Florida next month. Located in Winter Park, just north of Orlando, the new Dover Saddlery store will offer the retailer’s full line of equestrian products as well as in-store services such as a saddle demo program and custom boot and coat fittings.

"We are excited to open our first store in Florida and join the equestrian community of Winter Park and the surrounding areas," said Ken Cavanaugh, director of retail at Dover Saddlery.

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