Free Service Tire Back to Work After Flood Damage - Tire Review Magazine

Free Service Tire Back to Work After Flood Damage

After losing nearly everything to a massive winter flood in late February, and with crews working nearly around the clock since then, Knoxville, Tenn., tire dealer Free Service Tire Co. has re-opened for business.

The store, located on North Broadway on the north side of the city, was back in business last Friday, less than a month after a freak storm caused massive flooding that gutted the store.

Calling the flood a blessing in disguise, Free Service Tire vice president Dennis Pritchett told the local media, “We just had to start all over. Re-do the store, replace all the equipment. We have just been working at that for the last two and a half weeks.”

That work has included an all-new showroom and other work that physically expands the site.

According to reports, service manager Andrew Mitchell was at the store when floodwaters struck. “You had no idea what was going on. Water was coming from all angles, it seemed like,” he said.

But the “new” store “is going to be fabulous. We will be able to service our customers more quickly and make sure they are taken care of.”

Free Service Tire has 11 retail stores in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia, and a number of commercial truck tire centers.

You May Also Like

Straightaway Tire brings on industry vets to promote training initiatives

John Wafler and Jason Servidio will drive platform-wide internal training initiatives for Straightaway Tire.


O2 Investment Partners revealed that Straightaway Tire & Auto, an independent, full-service aftermarket automotive repair and service platform, has retained John Wafler and Jason Servidio to drive platform-wide internal training initiatives.

Wafler will oversee all area manager and general manager training. Previously, he spent more than two decades with RLO Training as a BLIG facilitator. According to O2 Investment Partners, he has "helped hundreds of shop owners realize the full potential of their businesses through his hands-on coaching."

TyreXpo Asia 2024 confirmed for Bangkok

The event is expected to attract over 4,000 international attendees from around 60 countries.

Hamaton to relocate its European distribution hub in Germany

The new location, still located on the Siemensring business park, will provide increased storage space and more.

Hankook Tire’s Rob Williams on leveraging momentum for global expansion

The company’s North America president tells all regarding product philosophy, dealer growth strategy, and what responding to the tire market means in 2024.

Bill Ziegler, Ziegler Tire president, dies

Bill spent 48 years with Ziegler Tire, most recently as president.


Other Posts

Pirelli marks 50 million tires manufactured at Mexico plant

Since 2012, Pirelli has invested over $900 million in the plant.

Falken tests new R/T, M/T tires at The King of the Hammers

Seven different competitors fit their vehicles with Wildpeak tires.

Yokohama Rubber commits to SBTi validation for sustainable targets

This commitment letter pledges to set and submit targets that are aligned with the SBTi’s target-setting criteria within two years.

Michelin sees steady sales volume in 2023 YOY, increases NA market sales

The company said sales for the year amounted to approx. $30.6 billion, down a slight 0.9% from 2022.