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Monday, May 26, 2014, 6:45 am

Napa-based B&G Tire eyes wholesale growth

New American Canyon warehouse key to expansion

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    NAPA — The D’Adamo family, which has been selling tires to drivers for four decades, has made a sizable move toward greater distribution to other retailers, thanks to the acquisition of a southern Napa Valley warehouse.

    The family operates stores and automotive repair shops in Napa, Vallejo, Middletown and Clearlake, has been limited by its current nearly 10,000-square-foot warehouse, which isn’t configured for frequent access by trucks with large trailers, according to Tina Schloesser, co-owner and daughter of founders Betsy and Gemy (Jimmy) D’Adamo.

    “We do some wholesale and hope to do more with the new warehouse,” she said.

    B&G distributes tires to five stores of other local retailers currently.

    The company found a way to more than double the size of its distribution and storage warehouse in American Canyon by selling it to a company nearby looking to downsize then buying the former home of the seller. On March 21, Betsy & Gemys, LLC, purchased a 23,900-square-foot warehouse on 1.37 acres at 180 Klamath Ct. in American Canyon for $3.1 million, according to public records.

    The seller was En Stratos, LLC, led by principals of Sky+, LLC, an aerospace engineering firm based at 180 Klamath. En Stratos also on March 21 purchased B&G Tires’ 9,800-square-foot warehouse at 125 Klamath Ct. for $1.35 million and subleased part of the building to Atlas Lift West, which had been at 105 Klamath.

    B&G Tires’ current warehouse only has a rollup door in the back, where a 40-foot trailer full of tires can’t be moved. So the trailer has to be unloaded in the parking lot the night of the delivery, and the tires moved into the building, Ms. Schloesser said. The new building has four rollup doors on the side facing the street.

    Ramping up wholesale likely will phase in as the new warehouse is configured and inventory moved in, planned to happen by early summer. The expansion of that part of the business also will be challenging because the family company will be going up against national wholesalers ATD and National Tire Warehouse, Ms. Schloesser said.

    B&G Tires primarily sells the tire brands Cooper, carried for 40 years, Goodyear and Sumitomo.

    Gemy D’Adamo immigrated to Los Angeles from Italy five decades ago. In 1947 he moved to Napa Valley and purchased Savemore Tire car wash and auto parts store in Vallejo. Forty years ago he diversified into tire sales, opening in Napa as B&G Tire (BandGTire.com), named for the first initials of the couple.

    Son Kevin D’Adamo purchased the Napa store, the family’s largest location, from his parents and operates it. B&G Tires in Vallejo (BandGTiresofVallejo.com) was built 15 years ago and has been run by father, son and daughter.

    The Clearlake store opened 10 years ago and has a U-Haul rental business too. The Middletown store opened later and has enjoyed greater business in brake repairs, associated with commuting the grades between Napa and Lake counties, Ms. Schloesser said.

    B&G Tires employs 23.

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