At the recent Colton City Council meeting, Council Member Dr. Luis S Gonzalez (Dr. G) presented Garcia Tire Shop with a “business focus” recognition award for 26 years of business in the City of Colton.
This establishment is “one of our hometown success stories” says Council Member Dr. G, and “totally a family affair.” It’s located at 285 S. La Cadena Ave, between L Street and M Street.
Owners, Jair and Armida Garcia opened their shop in September 1989, selling new tires for $15.00. Mike Garcia, general manager and spokesperson for the family business, reports that Garcia Tire Shop, now “sells an average of one-thousand tires per month.” He adds, “The business has grown over the years,”
During their long tenure, Jair and Armida Garcia have not looked back. They’re supported their family, put their children through school, and have provided service to the residents of Colton for all of their tire service needs, including rotation, sales, maintenance and balancing.
They have six employees, including the entire Garcia family and one, long time loyal employee, Alex Duarte, who is the shop supervisor.
On a personal note, Dr. G reminisces, “I know for a fact that the business is fast, efficient, and offers great service. Three times, I have taken my car to the shop for various tire problems, including a complete replacement of all of my tires. On that day, I was in-and-out in 30 minutes.” At the Council meeting, Mayor Del La Rosa also reflected, “I’ve shopped there for years. This business has truly been an asset to the community.”
All work is done outdoors, and the business continues on, rain or shine. If you go there, you’ll see that it’s set up like a fast-food drive-thru. You drive in from La Cadena, park, and while you go in to pay, the work is done, and then you drive out. “It’s an amazing set-up,” Dr. G says with a wide smile.
As far as future plans are concerned, Mike had mentioned “the family would like to continue the business indefinitely, and possibly grow into a large facility.” Certainly, the residents hope they attain both goals.
Garcia Tire Shop is open 7 days a week, and only closed for major holidays. The hours are 8:00am – 6:30pm during the week, 8-5 on Saturdays, and 9-3 on Sundays.
By Dr. G, Community Writer