Discount Tire is typically home for every-day vehicles awaiting repair. But since the beginning of September, spaces normally filled with the hustle and bustle of car repair had been home to city crews as the store rebuilds.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (during which the Heights sustained significant street and building flooding), the company was forced to close the doors at 1902 East T.C. Jester for several weeks while assessing what steps must be taken in order to safely serve its community once more.
“We replaced most of the doors, there was some re-tiling that needed to be done in the showroom and customer waiting area as well as some sheetrock that needed to be repaired,” Discount Tire spokesperson Greg Miller said Friday.
For the last three weeks, work crews have toiled tirelessly to restore the shop and its services to the community—one in which some are still reeling and seeking some sense of normalcy. In lieu of staying within the neighborhood, residents seeking Discount’s services have been forced to trek up I-45 or up to Inwood. And while the inconvenience may seem like a minor one, it was just another burden stacked on top of residents already in the midst of others.
“We tried to work as fast as possible to get the store back up and running,” Miller said of efforts which resulted in one of Houston’s busiest stores re-opening Sep. 25. “We know we have a lot of customers in the area who need support with new tires or tire help in the wake of everything that happened [with Harvey].”
The store is once again operating during normal business hours from 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and be closed Sunday. For more information, visit discounttire.com