The newest member of Louisa’s cadre of tire and automotive shop owners is finding success at his West Main Street location.
Gordon Spain moved Spain’s Tire Center from its previous location on Route 1 in Fredericksburg to the town of Louisa last June. The business has quickly grown to a point where he’s eyeing adding services to offer more to his customers.
Spain, a soft-spoken father of two from Spotsylvania, left his job as a subcontracted installer for the major cable companies in 2011 to take over a friend’s tire business.
“This is a great area and we have been pretty busy with the new location,” Spain said. “We’ve got a lot more opportunity here with more room to grow and expand, and it’s actually been taking off really well.”
Spain said his business has grown to doing around “100 to 120 tires a week,” as well as countless other automotive repairs, oil changes, and maintenance work. He says his goal is to be a one-stop shop for most of the common maintenance jobs a car needs, as well as to offer more customization and specialty work. They currently offer tire repairs including plugs, patches and tubes, and they carry a selection of used tires that grows every day.
“We offer custom wheels, all the popular brands of tires as well as the discount brands, tire repair and maintenance including rotate and high-speed computer balancer, lube-oil-filter changes, and we’ve even been doing some lift kits here lately,” Spain said.
He carries some tires in stock, and can order commercial tires in most sizes and have them in overnight. The business is equipped to replace not only passenger car tires on factory wheels, but also rims over 24 inches, mud tires of up to 40 inches and tires to fit wheels as small as those on lawnmowers and wheelbarrows.
Spain and his employee, Tim Mosher, stay busy enough that plans for the future include expanding the business to offer more inventory and services and eventually hiring more staff.
“As we continue to grow,” Spain said, “we are looking at eventually getting a machine for front-end alignment, custom exhaust, possibly even offering emergency roadside service.”
(This is a partial article. Read full story on page 6 of the Feb. 15, 2018 issue of The Central Virginian)