Les Schwab Tires, in Yucaipa, opened this year on May 10 and they’ve made a huge impact within the community.
“We work on everything under cars from brakes, to shocks, tires, alignment, wheels, lifting, lowering and customizing,” said Rob Geenen, manager at Les Schwab.
Along with all of those services, Les Schwab offers free flat tire repairs, rotation, rebalancing, brake checks, suspension checks, pre-trip safety checks and road hazard protection.
“We know having a team full of diverse background reflects our communities, it allows us to deliver on our promise to provide world class customer service. One way we create a place where everyone feels welcome is by having Spanish speaking employees on our staff, it’s important to us that all of our customers who rely on Les Schwab feel welcome and respected and have a comfortable and positive experience in our store,” continued Geenan.
Les Schwab features ample parking and a comfortable lounge, with a breathtaking view; where customers can enjoy free popcorn, coffee, television and Wi-Fi while they wait.
“We have a great staff that works hard focusing on customers time. We want to provide the best customer service in a timely manner,” said Geenan. “People don’t come in to spend all their time here.”
Les Schwab is the largest independent tire dealer, with over 7,000 employees and 475 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.
“It’s been amazing here, our founder Les believed in supporting the community where employees live and work. If you invest time into the community, they will invest back in us. We’re proud to invest resources into events around the community. We give back in a variety of ways. We focus on schools and youth. We’re also partners with Yucaipa High school; Les Schwab is a platinum sponsor for the football team and we have assisted the wrestling, softball and cheer teams,” Geenan said.
“Living here in the community, it’s an honor to give back. I’ve relocated from Seattle to open this store here, it’s such a great group of people, everyone is so welcoming. When you give back, seeing the looks on people faces, it brings a lot of pride as a manager to help out,” said Geenan.
In July, Geenan offered to be a collection spot for the Yucaipa Rotary Interact Clubs SAFE Closet.
The SAFE Closet provides underprivileged students the opportunity to receive gently used clothing and toiletries to ensure their academic success.
“I offered to be a collection spot to make it easier on them. It’s such a great program for the kids to have the ability to go and get clothes. In the future we’re planning on having drives, were going to get behind this and help create more of an impact to kids in our schools. All you have to do is pull up, let us know what you’re here for, well unload your items. You can donate and you don’t even have to get out of your car,” Geenan said.
In 1952 Schwab purchased OK Rubber Welders. He never worked on tires before but felt it was a way to create something special. In 1955 he opened his third store in Bend, Ore. In 1956 he changed the name from OK Rubber Welders to Les Schwab.
“He started this whole thing with the commitment to service, which has been unwavering throughout the decades. He also felt employees were the company’s greatest asset. He believed in promoting from within. We build our employees everyone starts off hourly. We are not a big corporation, we keep Les’ vision at the heart of everything that we do,” concluded Geenan.
“We’re going to continue to seek opportunities within the community, from city events to school events. We plan to become as much a part of the community as possible.”
For more information, call 372-7970. It’s located at 33921 Yucaipa Blvd.