The projected launches follow significant BSRO expansion in 2020 when 52 new locations opened amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. BSRO said 18 of the 58 stores planned are scheduled to open before the end of April.
BSRO operates more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers, including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works store locations. BSRO hired more than 500 employees in 2020 to support its new stores.
"We are grateful that despite all the changes 2020 had in store for us, we were able to create jobs in 52 new communities and provide essential services to more customers across the country," said Marko Ibrahim, president, Bridgestone Retail Operations. "We are excited to continue expanding our retail footprint in 2021 as we solidify our position as the most trusted tire and automotive service provider in every neighborhood we serve."
Earlier this month BSRO named Robert Johnson vice president of store operations.