Bush Tyres Opens Second Retail Centre in Spalding
Tyre retail group BA Bush & Son and its wholesale arm B.A.B. Distribution has acquired the former Enterprise Tyres in Spalding. The move means that the family-owned business – which is a member of Grouptyre – now operates from two prime sites in the town, while it has increased its network of retail depots throughout Lincolnshire, Humberside and East Yorkshire to 16.
The new Bush Tyres centre in Spalding, located a mile from the A16, will stock approximately 1,000 car tyres and over 500 truck tyres. The six staff have been retained and Luke Gale and Michelle Pite, who both worked for Enterprise Tyres for several years and know the local marketplace inside out, have taken on the day-to-day management responsibilities.
In addition to a full range of services for truck fleet operators, the centre will stock and fit batteries and offer outside agricultural, truck and commercial vehicle servicing. There is also a mobile car tyre fitting service, which will provide support to the Bush Tyres retail depots in Kings Lynn and Bourne as well as Spalding.
“Enterprise Tyres specialised in truck accounts with outside fitting and our aim is to develop this side of our business by maximising the existing team’s knowledge and experience and providing additional benefits through our own resources, including the latest tools and fleet checking systems,” says director Thomas Bush.
The new depot will complement the company’s purpose-built two-storey facility launched in Spalding last September, since each will be able to utilise the other’s stockholding capability. The flagship centre is only a short distance away and has reportedly outperformed expectations despite the depressed economy, largely due to the fact it occupies a prime site opposite the bustling Springfields Shopping Outlet and Festival Gardens.
“Enterprise Tyres has a good reputation locally and this acquisition gives us a sound platform to meet local customers’ needs by delivering extensive tyre, servicing, breakdown and battery services,” Bush continues. “We want to grow the number of truck accounts in the area and will be working closely with Bandvulc Group and other major manufacturers, with whom we enjoy a good relationship, to increase the amount of fleet servicing we carry out.”
Originally a cycle tyre company set up by Benjamin Arthur Bush, today Bush Tyres is a major provider of tyre, battery, brakes and exhaust services throughout Lincolnshire, Humberside and East Yorkshire and employs 155 staff. While its competitors are contracting, the fourth generation family business is adhering to its expansion strategy and Thomas Bush says the aim is to have 20 retail centres up and running by the end of 2010, potentially more if it can find the right sites.