ST. GEORGE, S.C. — Frasier Tire Service, which calls itself South Carolina's largest independent Goodyear dealer, has opened a location in St. George, its fifth store in the state.
Frasier is leasing the former LeGrande Fender Inc. location, a 40-plus year tire and automotive service business that Frasier called "a mainstay" in the St. George community.
The dealership, which Julian Frasier started in Sumter in 1974, operates stores in the Columbia, Charleston and Sumter. The new location is situated between the Columbia and Charleston locations, expanding the Frasier Tire footprint.
Mr. Frasier said he has known Mr. Fender for years and called it "an honor" to continue the LeGrande Fender business.
"(Mr. Fender) and his son Blaine are men of the highest integrity — a real credit to the tire business," Mr. Frasier said. "We will strive to build on the Fender's outstanding reputation as business men."
Frasier is in the process of remodeling the 7,500 sq-ft. facility, which has eight bays.
Mike Perritt, who has previously served as service manager in Sumter and the store manager in Georgetown, both with Frasier Tire, will serve as the store manager at St. George.
In addition, Office Manager Carla Newsome, who has been with LeGrande Fender for the 30-plus years, will remain with Frasier Tire, as will two general service technicians formerly with LeGrande Fender.