Beaurepaires stores in Palmerston North, Pahiatua and Feilding look set to close or be sold as the tyre chain plans to shut down about a third of its company-owned locations nationwide.
They are just some of the 24 stores across the country which would be affected, from the 78 the company owns.
Spokesman Marty Dinniss said they were currently in consultation with affected parties about a proposal for the company to exit those stores.
The stores involved primarly took part in sales and services for commercial vehicles, such as buses and trucks.
The commercial retail side of the business, which is marketed with advertisements featuring Vince Martin, would not be affected, he said.
The 22 privately owned stores would also remain as is.
Mr Dinniss said Beaurepaires' parent company, Dunlop Goodyear, was looking at selling the stores.
''Therefore, the effects could range from a different name on the pay slip to redundancies.''
Some people had already come forward to discuss buying the businesses, but Mr Dinniss said who was interested and in what sites was commercially sensitive.
While unsure of how many jobs in Manawatu could go, 219 roles would be affected across the country if the stores were sold or closed, he said.
Mr Dinniss said rural customers would also not have to worry.
''Those that rely on those services can know that it will not change.''
The stores which were sold could either be rebranded, or trade as Beaurepaires with the new owner buying a licence from Dunlop Goodyear, Mr Dinniss said.
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