More Than Tires
Did you ever wonder who Les Schwab is? This well-known, family-oriented businessman was born in 1917 in Bend, Oregon. He came from humble beginnings and created an independent, family-owned tire business through hard work and determination. Starting with one store in 1952, Schwab expanded to hundreds of stores across the western states, becoming one of the largest, independent tire businesses in the entire country.
And he did it all with a strong work ethic, family values and a love for community. Schwab was married to the same woman for more than 70 years before his passing in 2007. Schwab leaves behind a corporate culture that rewards employees for their expertise and hard work, while treating them – and their customers – like family.
One of those employees, Garret Melton, is the general manager of the Covington shop. Garret has been with Les Schwab for 27 years, including two in the Covington store (17235 SE 272nd St.). When asked what he wants customers to know about Les Schwab, he said, “We are more than tires.”
Did you know that Les Schwab offers these products and services too?
The store offers free flat tire repairs, regardless of where you bought your tires, and they do free trip-safety checks. Les Schwab in Covington is open Monday – Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm, and closed on Sundays. Stores operate by appointment only, except for flat tire repairs which they try to squeeze in between appointments.
“Any store will treat you like you bought your tires from them,” Garret said.
Les Schwab supports a wide range of local and national causes including Valley Girls & Guys, Kentlake and Kentwood High School athletics and activities, Meeker Middle School activities, King County Fair 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, youth car wash fundraisers, and holiday food drives, just to name a few.
Garret lives in Covington with his family. When not working, he is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys clamming; fishing for lake cod, halibut and salmon; and digging for geoducks. He once ate a scallop underwater while scuba diving! He has also been a guest on Outdoor Line, a podcast on 710 am radio on Saturdays at 6 a.m., so tune in to hear his outdoor expertise and adventures.
The Covington Les Schwab store is participating in Ready Set Play this year, so be sure to stop by for the Auto Artist activity – coloring a car or truck in the Les Schwab coloring books in the waiting room!
Learn more about Les Schwab in our online directory: https://web.covingtonchamber.org/Automotive-Products-Services/Les-Schwab-Tire-Center-143