After more than 20 years of operation on the western edge of the town of Louisa, Tires Unlimited has come under new ownership.
Jeff Griffin, of Waynesboro, purchased the automotive repair shop on Oct. 18 from Larry Lamb and Billy Wood, who had owned and operated the store for more than 25 years.
Griffin grew up working in his father’s auto repair business before joining the U.S. Army. After spending three years in the elite 10th Mountain Division, he went back to school and earned his degree in public administration from Harding University.
When he completed college, Griffin returned to familiar territory by getting into the tool business. He became the owner/operator of a Mac Tools truck to travel to different shops around the area to sell his wares.
After doing this for 15 years, Griffin said he had established rapport with many people around the area who were in the automotive business.
“I was looking for something else to do,” Griffin said, “A new challenge.”
He’d known Lamb and Wood for years and they mentioned to him one day that they were considering selling the business.
Following several months of negotiation, Griffin decided that he would take on the new business venture. He made arrangements for training his replacement on the tool truck and jumped headfirst into owning and operating the well-known shop.
To read the entire story, see the No. 16 edition of The Central Virginian.