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Tire America / National Tire & Battery, 7201 Two Notch Road, Suite 900: mid 2000s   12 comments

Posted at 3:58 am in stores

National Tire & Battery (now a Tire Kingdom) was in this Columbia Mall outbuilding more or less behind the old Penny's location. I actually did go there once a few years ago when my car started really thinking about things before turning the starter over. I usually put Die Hards in my cars but for some reason or another I was not able to get served by Sears that day. I'm not building up to anything here -- it was perfectly acceptable service and a battery that lasted several years. (I've actually had much worse luck with alternators than batteries anyway). I guess I would have been hosed if I had needed to take advantage of the battery warranty as they closed fairly shortly thereafter, but in the event it wasn't an issue.

I don't believe the building was vacant long at all as Tire Kingdom moved in shortly thereafter. I find it a little amusing that this large, freestanding building has only a suite number, while all the little suites at The Shoppes at Meeting Place have full street numbers.

Written by ted on January 22nd, 2011

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  1. Tire Kingdom and NTB are both subsidiaries of TBC Corporation along with several other tire store names.

    Mike

    22 Jan 11 at 6:50 am

  2. Interesting. So I guess it was more of a re-flagging than a closing then..

    ted

    22 Jan 11 at 6:22 pm

  3. This was built as and was originally "Tire America" It opened I know back in 1985 or 1986 or it could have been a year or two earlier. I went there a few times to have new tires put on my 1965 Mustang Fastback.

    Del Bazemore

    24 Jan 11 at 12:32 pm

  4. I'll add that to the post title. I don't think I would name a store that though -- sounds really tedious..

    ted

    24 Jan 11 at 1:25 pm

  5. I believe at one time it was a part of the NTW chain........National Tire Wholesalers

    Terry Edwards

    25 Jan 11 at 4:04 am

  6. I agree. I think I recall having seen some NTW branding on the store at some point. I also seem to think that the original 'Tire America' might have been affiliated with Sears early on. But maybe not.

    badger

    25 Jan 11 at 9:31 am

  7. Tire America was built sometime in the mid 80's after I started working at JC Penny's at Columbia Mall.. Sears at Cola Mall had their own Auto Dept. and at one time I think they operated the Gas Station that used to be on the two notch side of the mall.. But I dont remember Tire America being part of Sears..but then again......

    Del Bazemore

    26 Jan 11 at 2:43 am

  8. Sears did have a gas station. They did, and do still have their own auto service bays in the mall itself that do tires (originally they did general repairs, but there was some sort of scandal about pricing scams and they dropped everything but tires and batteries sometime in the 80s I think).

    ted

    26 Jan 11 at 3:40 am

  9. OK, found this 1997 article in Google News archives:
    "Sears, which sold 25 million tires and 8.5 million batteries through its Sears Tire Group in 1996, will combine most of its 275 Tire America and National Tire Warehouse Stores under the National Tire and Battery name, Sears said."

    badger

    26 Jan 11 at 10:03 am

  10. Huh. That's interesting. Why would they set up right next to themselves? I'm pretty sure the Sears in-store bays have been there since the mall opened, and are still there..

    ted

    26 Jan 11 at 12:39 pm

  11. I know that when I worked at JC Penny at Cola. Mall, that the old Penny's Automotive bays were still there, but it was used as a storage area..but everything from their auto days was still there..cash registers, fans, lifts, etc.. it looked as if it just had been abandoned. I dont know why Penny's closed theirs though. Tire America was there for several years I think, but then it changed names or company's..I only went there once or twice for tires for my '65 Fastback GT Mustang.

    Del Bazemore

    26 Jan 11 at 2:19 pm

  12. JC Penneys had auto service? Hmmm. The IGA in Gilbert sells gasoline.

    JBL

    27 Jan 11 at 2:06 am

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