After more than 75 years in business, Engle Tire Co. has closed shop for good.
The Providence-based dealership ceased operations Dec. 23 due to the age of its principals-President Melvin Engle, 84, and Vice President Bobby Engle, 72-as well as an attractive offer from Dunkin Donuts to lease the dealership's building, according to Manager David Engle, who is Melvin Engle's son. He told Tire Business that Bobby Engle has suffered ill health, another reason the family has decided to hang up the keys and close the business.
At age 55, David Engle said he also wants to retire from the tire business after 33 years and has no children working in the dealership to whom he might pass the company. He said he wasn't sure what he will do next other than staying ``a couple of months to clear up everything here.''
Engle Tire sold its inventory to 3A's Tire & Service in Providence, an auto service shop now entering the tire business, said Ron Byrne, an Engle Tire salesman.
Mr. Byrne transferred over to 3A's Tire and is working as a salesman, according to 3A's owner Michael Autiello.
3A's Tire approached Engle Tire when it found out the Engles were closing their dealership and offered to take the inventory, accounts and hire Mr. Byrne as well.
``When I go over there, I'm going to be helping them set up the tires, the tire inventory, the whole thing because I'm used to (those duties),'' Mr. Byrne told Tire Business prior to Engle Tire's closure. He joked that ``as long as they pay me, I really don't care'' about a new job title.
Engle Tire employed a total of five or six salespeople and technicians, but only Mr. Byrne transferred over to 3A Tire. The dealership, founded by Melvin and Bobby Engle's father, Joseph, kept doing business in December right up until its closing date.