■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
Hemet’s newest tire store – Les Schwab Tires on 3841 W. Florida Ave. – finally opened its doors and the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 13.
Founded in 1952 in Prineville, Oregon, Les Schwab has been servicing the West Coast for 65 years, now with more than 470 locations which offer what store manager Robert Evans calls “world-class customer service.” Bringing Les Schwab to Hemet seemed to be the perfect move, he said.
“Hemet’s been very welcoming for us,” said Evans. “It’s really great. There’s future expansion that is talked about already here, so there’s going to be a lot more homes and a lot more people to come out here that we’ll be able to take care of. The location is great!”
Hemet Mayor Linda Krupa attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, joined by several other city officials who came to support Hemet’s newest business.
“We’ve been involved with the chamber ever since we got down here in April,” explained Evans. He and Les Schwab plan to become more involved with the community as they get settled.
“Our involvement in community activities and the youth of the city is going to be really huge. We’re going to donate to the school’s Student of the Month, Student of the Year – it’s important to us to be involved with that, and make sure there’s continuing education.” Evans also revealed that they will also be sponsoring 4H Positive Youth Development and Mentoring Organization, Future Farmers of America, and school sports programs. “[These are] all of the different areas we want to focus on – the kids making it through high school and benefitting from all of those extracurricular activities.”
Evans started at Les Schwab in Moses Lake, Washington, nearly 10 years ago, then moved to a Utah location, was promoted back to Pasco, Washington, where he stayed for two-and-a-half years before becoming manager of the Hemet location. Les Schwab offers such free services as tire rotation, tire balancing and fixing flats when the tires were purchased from Les Schwab Tires.
“We’re not just about selling tires—we’re about taking care of the tires and taking care of the customers’ needs down the road,” said Evans. “We want this to be a good, honest business where people can come in, and feel like they’re getting a fair deal, and are absolutely being taken care of.”