After 100 years of service, Mitch Leonard of Leonard Tire Inc. decided that it’s time to hang up the cleats and close his business.
On the front door of Leonard Tire Inc., a sign can be found stating that they will be permanently closing on August 31.
“It’s time for me to retire, and we decided it was best to just close the business down,” said Leonard. “When I’m done, the building will be cleared and it will be made available for lease along with the land next to it. It’s not up to me what happens to this building, it’s whoever wants to lease it, but we’re going to take the Leonard name with us.”
Leonard also stated that his kids, though they had the opportunity, decided that they would not take over the business, adding that it is now time for him to go home.
“Home has been Dodge City, I grew up and lived here all my life,” he said. “We want to do some traveling, and I want to see the kids and grandkids. I do a lot of fishing, so I’ll be hitting some of my favorite fishing spots and play a little golf.”
According to Leonard, Leonard Tire Inc. was originally called Leonard Rubber Works when the business began in the 1890s.
“We were involved with rubber manufacturing, we kind of helped develop the v-belt that’s used today,” he said. “We’ve got ties and a lot of history there.”
Leonard then expressed his appreciation toward the Dodge City community for all the years of business.
“I want the community to know that I appreciate all the business that they have done, I hope that I have served them well,” he said. “That includes my dad, Art Leonard, my uncle Bud Leonard and my aunt Agnes Leonard, who are now deceased, but we appreciate all the business and all the customers. Gosh, we’ve got them from Canada to Mexico.”
Leonard encourages anyone who is in need of tires to stop by and take advantage of his liquidation sale before they close.
“I’m going to give big discounts on tires, whatever they need,” he said. “We’re having a big sale of used tires out in the lot, so they can come by and pick out any used 15, 14, 13, ag, implement or tractor tires, whatever I’ve got.”
For more information, visit Leonard Tire Inc. at 113 North 2nd Avenue, or call them at 620-227-2481.
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