Big O Tires Timeline
Buying co-operative founded. First retail store opened.
THE HEART OF BIG O TIRES
Big O Tires is a trusted leader in the tire and automotive services industry.
We select only the best, most passionate franchisees to join us because legendary customer service is not optional. It’s required.
O Build trust in our customer and franchisee relationships
O Deliver legendary customer service
O Provide the highest quality products at a great value
O Give back to our communities
O Adapt and improve every day to grow and win in the marketplace
O Preserve our heritage as we execute our future
The Big O Tires story begins back in 1962, just as America's new love affair with the automobile was hitting high gear. The market for replacement tires was exploding, and independent tire dealers found themselves struggling to compete in the face of low prices offered by major tire manufacturers' own company stores. Big O's founding fathers were a handful of progressive independent tire dealers who decided to band together to form a tire-buying cooperative so that they could secure volume pricing and keep their customers happy. Their concept worked. In the years that followed, the Big O Tires co-op evolved into a full-fledged franchise as it continued to find innovative ways to harness the power of the collective to benefit independent dealerships and their customers.
Over a half-century later, Big O Tires has become one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors, with nearly 450 independently-owned and operated locations in 25 states, providing customers with a broad range of automotive services in addition to quality tires, wheels, and accessories. Big O has become an industry role model admired for its innovative approach to franchising and unmatched customer loyalty ratings.
In 1996, Big O Tires joined forces with one of the largest and most respected tire marketers in the nation when it became part of the TBC Corporation, a marketer and distributor of tires and other products for the automotive replacement market. Big O’s reach and resources were broadened again in 2005, when TBC Corporation was acquired by Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo, one of the world’s leading traders of goods and services. In 2018, Michelin North America acquired a 50% interest in TBC Corporation through a joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas.