PELHAM, Ala. — Alabama entrepreneur William King has opened a Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center in Pelham, his first and just the second Tuffy outlet in Alabama.
The new franchised outlet is housed in 10-bay facility that previously operated under the name Pelham Automotive Service & Repair. It's located next to a Mavis Tire/Tire Engineers location on Alabama Route 31 through Pelham, a town of about 21,000 inhabitants approximately 20 miles south of Birmingham.
Mr. King, who has worked in the automotive sector prior to this, called this a "dream come true for me."
"I've been doing a lot of research and looking for the opportunity to do something I love involving my passion for cars," he said. "The key to any small business is ensuring customers are completely satisfied.
"As I explored the Tuffy franchise and visited several shops, I have seen firsthand how Tuffy truly values their customers and building relationships with them, which is why I am so confident and excited in my decision to become a franchise owner."
To welcome new customers and show his appreciation for their business, William will be offering an introductory $14.95 full-service oil change to all new customers.
"We'll even top off your fluids, rotate your tires and provide a 19-point safety inspection while you're here," Mr. King added.
Tuffy Auto President and CEO Roger Hill said Mr. King's "automotive expertise, strong business ethic and passion for cars will serve him well. Those are the ingredients we see in our most successful stores across the country and genuine involvement in the local community is critical."
Mr. King also plans to provide a military, police and fire discount to support those who serve the local community.