Ottawa company Frisby Tire acquired by Kal Tire


Ottawa’s Frisby Tire has been acquired by British Columbia-based Kal Tire, the two companies announced. 

Frisby Tire, which has five locations in the Ottawa area, is considered the oldest, independently owned tire dealership in Canada, marking its 100th anniversary in 2020. Started by James Frisby, the company has been under the leadership of third-generation owner Don Frisby since 1995. 

“It’s always been so important to us that our customers are happy with their experience and we feel very fortunate to know that will only continue with Kal Tire’s culture of service-oriented values,” said Frisby in a news release. “Some of our technicians have worked here their whole lives. We’ve built this legacy together and I know they’re all in the very best hands.”

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As of May 27, Kal Tire, which has more than 260 stores across Canada, took over operation of Frisby’s five local retail and commercial stores. Those include locations on Industrial Avenue, Somerset Street West, Queensdale Avenue, Clyde Avenue and Hazeldean Road in Ottawa. 

In addition, 52 Frisby Tire employees will join Kal Tire as it begins operations. 

Meanwhile, Total Tire Distributors, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kal Tire, will acquire Frisby’s existing wholesale operation, including its warehouse and distribution facility at Humber Place. Its 26 employees will join Total Tire’s team. 

“Since our early days, Kal Tire has looked for opportunities to grow by considering well-run businesses that have dedicated team members who strive to provide customers with an exceptional level of service,” says Robert Foord, president of Kal Tire. “We know from our long-standing relationship that Frisby Tire has all of those attributes and we’re pleased to link our teams and capabilities and join the community they’ve built in Ottawa.”

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