SOUTH BEND — Two of the nation’s most recognizable names in tire retailing and wholesaling plan to combine forces at the end of the year. 

Discount Tire, which operates about 1,100 retail stores in the United States, says it is purchasing South Bend-based Tire Rack. The company says it won’t change Tire Rack’s name, the headquarters location or staffing. 

Matt Edmonds, executive vice president of Tire Rack, described the deal with Discount Tire as a positive move for employees and the South Bend area, as it will allow both family-owned businesses to continue growing. 

With about 1,100 stores in 37 states, Discount Tire is one the largest independent tire retailers in the nation, while Tire Rack has distinguished itself for its online shopping experience and tire research. 

“The only change we’re going to see is growth,” said Edmonds. “The two businesses are complementary.”

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