Bridgestone to Absorb Pep Boys


Bridgestone Retail Operations plans to acquire Pep Boys in an $835 million deal that will combine two large U.S. chains of automotive after-market service providers.

The transaction is expected to close at the beginning of 2016. Following completion of the transaction, Pep Boys will be wholly owned by and operated under Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC.

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Philadelphia-based Pep Boys has more than 7,500 service bays in more than 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico. The company offers tires, maintenance and repair and parts and accessories.

According to Pep Boys web site, the company currently offers Pennzoil and Castrol brands when performing conventional motor oil changes, and Pennzoil, Castrol and Mobil brands when installing synthetic oil.

Pep Boys will add about 800 locations to Bridgestones nationwide network of 2,200 tire and automotive service centers which operate under the Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works brand banners.

Earlier this year, Bridgestone Retail Operations selected Shell Lubricants Americas as its supplier of automotive lubricants, starting Jan. 1, 2016. As part of the agreement, Shell will supply Bridgestone retail stores with products such as Quaker State, Pennzoil Platinum and Rotella branded engine oils.

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