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News   March 20, 2003   by Auto Service World

Uni-Select Strikes Unique Deal With Tire Dealer Chain

Canadian automotive aftermarket distribution network Uni-Select Inc., has struck a unique deal with Kal Tire which will see the B.C.-based tire dealer chain’s warehousing becoming a member of national distributor.
Based in Vernon, British Columbia. Kal Tire is Canada’s largest independent tire dealer and one of the largest networks of professional installers operating over 160 points of sale across Canada.
Under the agreement, the Kal Tire warehouses become a Uni-Select member and the 160 Kal Tire locations will be obtain their emergency automotive parts needs directly from the merchant members of the Uni-Select network.
“Uni-Select is excited by this opportunity with one of Canada’s dominant professional installer networks. We believe that this partnership will help both Uni-Select and Kal Tire advance in their quest for better service, better quality and customer satisfaction,” says Jacques Landreville, president and chief executive officer.
“Kal Tire specializes in ride-related automotive service, in addition to our core business of tires and wheels,” says Allan Jewell, vice president at Kal Tire. “This agreement allows us to improve our consistency and ensure quality products through the strong Uni-Select network.
“And the bottom line is that getting the right parts at the right time helps us serve our customers better. Sourcing automotive parts from Uni-Select will give Kal Tire a competitive edge that will certainly help us expand our horizons and strengthen our ability to better serve the customer.”

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