Everything’s bigger in Texas for ZOHR — including the startup’s potential to drive onto the national automotive scene, said Komal Choong.
“Kansas City has been our test market to prove out key elements of our growth and market expansion strategies,” said Choong, co-founder of ZOHR, confirming Tuesday that the on-demand tire service startup has relocated its headquarters to Dallas. “On the contrary, however, Kansas City has also limited our opportunity to grow into a national brand.”
“We’re getting much more traction with larger partnerships in Dallas compared to Kansas City,” he added.
ZOHR — one of Startland News’ Kansas City Startups to Watch in 2019 — offers its mobile tire service to customers in the Kansas City and Dallas markets. Its headquarters relocation from the West Bottoms is not expected to impact access to ZOHR’s service across the KC metro, Choong said.
Zohr’s elevator pitch: Zohr – Tires Delivered & Installed is basically a tire shop that comes to you. We sell, deliver, and install new tires at your home or your office. We’re changing the way you change your tires and just making that process as easy as possible for the end consumer.
Other market destinations on the horizon for ZOHR in 2020: Houston, Austin and Denver.
Founded in 2015 by brothers Komal and Anoop Choong, ZOHR previously completed the Y Combinator Fellowship and Techstars Mobility in Detroit. The startup also is a portfolio company of Techstars, the KCRise Fund, Firebrand Ventures and Chicago-based M25.
“Kansas City is our hometown and our early customers gave us the support we needed to grow the business organically,” Choong said.
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