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  • McCarthy Tire Service to Merge Kingston PA Retail Operations into Nearby Wilkes-Barre Location

    McCarthy Tire Service to Merge Kingston PA Retail Operations into Nearby Wilkes-Barre Location
    WILKES-BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA, September 15, 2020 – McCarthy Tire Service announces that it will move its retail operations from 520 Pierce Street in Kingston, Pennsylvania, two miles away to join the automotive center at the company’s flagship store on 340 Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre.
    The move will be effective on Monday, October 5, 2020.
    McCarthy Tire Service has weathered many serious challenges since it was founded in 1926, and 2020 ranks as one of the most difficult. Throughout the years, the McCarthy family has been committed to maintaining a strong, robust company that can fulfill its responsibilities to its associates and their families, provide top-notch service to its customers, and support the communities where it operates.
    The recent economic environment has been unprecedented. The McCarthy family has constantly monitored every one of its more than 60 locations, moving resources and making adjustments as necessary. In common with many local businesses, the smaller stores have struggled the most with diminished revenues and labor shortages. The Kingston store was particularly hard hit. The McCarthy family carefully considered the best course of action for the store, its teammates, and the entire company as whole.
    “Closing our Kingston location was one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make,” said John D. McCarthy Jr., president of McCarthy Tire Service. “This was the second store in our company. My father opened it in 1978, and it was where most of us in the family had our first training in the tire business.
    “However, our number one goal has always been to give our customers the very best service. The Kingston team has faced some insurmountable challenges these last few months. In order to maintain our commitment to our customers, we have decided to close the store and merge the team into our Wilkes-Barre automotive center.”
    The Kingston store will be open through Friday, October 2, at which time all customer records will be transferred to the Wilkes-Barre store, ensuring a seamless transition for customers.
    Manager Darryl Givens will join McCarthy Tire’s commercial location in Dickson City, Pennsylvania, as the assistant manager. Assistant retail manager Herb Tietje and the automotive technicians will move to the Wilkes-Barre location’s retail department, bringing that team up to full strength. McCarthy Tire plans to transfer the tire and service equipment to Wilkes-Barre as well.
    The Pierce Street property is current available for sale. The McCarthy Car Wash, located adjacent to the store, will remain open until further notice.
    The automotive center in Wilkes-Barre handles tire sales and service, preventative maintenance service, mechanical repairs, and state inspections for all makes and models of passenger vehicles. These include cars, vans, CUVs, SUVs, and light trucks, with a special emphasis on fleet vehicles.
    The store is located at 340 Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The facility also houses McCarthy Tire Service’s corporate offices, as well as the commercial tire department, off-the-road and industrial tire department, heavy duty truck repair department, mounted wheel program, mobile units, and regional distribution center. McCarthy Tire’s Bandag-system retread tire manufacturing plant, a scant half-mile down the road, is the largest in Bridgestone’s North American program.
    About McCarthy Tire Service
    Founded in 1926, McCarthy Tire Service is a family-owned and operated tire dealer headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The company has more than 60 service locations and 10 Bandag retread tire manufacturing plants along the east coast of the United States. McCarthy Tire is the sixth largest independent commercial tire dealer, the sixth largest independent retread tire manufacturer, and one of the top 50 retail tire dealers in the country. The company offers tire sales and service; automotive mechanical services and repairs; fleet services; heavy-duty truck mechanical services; 24-hour commercial roadside assistance; and retread tire manufacturing. For more information, visit www.McCarthyTire.com.

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