Tire Kingdom was founded in Florida in 1972 by Chuck Curcio, who began by selling tires at a Farmer’s Market. The company operates a chain of tire and brake stores throughout the US.
The company grew quickly and was sold first to Michelin Tire in the late 1980’s, then to the TBC Corporation in 2000 for $45 million. All locations outside Florida are being rebranded as National Tire and Battery, while Florida locations will retain the Tire Kingdom name. Tire Kingdom operates as a subsidiary.
TBC also operates Big O Tires, National Tire and Battery, as well as Merchant Tire, all of which generally retain their own names and territories. Most locations are company owned stores, but there are franchised operations.