R & T Tire Services has closed its doors after eight years of providing tire services to the Perkins County area. Richard and Tarra, and their two children Christopher (left) and Ethan, are pictured outside their former business with a sign thanking the customers who have supported their business for years.
R & T Tire closes after eight years of service
Richard and Tarra Terry, owners of R & T Tire Service, have closed the doors on their shop as of Wednesday, Dec. 23.
In 2012, Richard made the decision to open his own tire and service shop. He had been working in the field for many years, and wanted the freedom and flexibility that comes with owning a business.
Particularly, he wanted the freedom to attend the activities he and Tarra’s sons, Christopher and Ethan, participated in.
When they first opened, they rented a space across the highway. Just a year and a half later, they purchased a building on Hancock Avenue and have been at that location since.
While the business was still in operation, Tarra handled a lot of the work behind the scenes like accounting work. Outside of R & T Tire Service, she is a full time licensed sales associate with Farm Bureau.
Richard took care of the rest of the day-to-day work at the business, with the help of his sons who worked with him for around five years each.
R & T Tire Service offered oil changes, detailing, and tire work and sales.
The decision to close the business came about rather quickly, after Richard was offered a job in maintenance at Perkins County Health Services.
He said the availability of benefits at the new job made it hard to pass up, and within two weeks of receiving the job offer, the Terrys made the decision to close R & T Tire Service.
One of the best parts of the business, Tarra said, was being able to help take care of people.
“We love this community,” she said. “Richard grew up here, so being able to service people in this area has been great.”
Ride Rite Garage will be adding tire service and sales to their list of offered services, and many customers have crossed over to Ride Rite.
“We are confident they’ll be able to take care of what we used to service,” Richard said.
“We want to make sure that all of our customers know how grateful we are for them,” Tarra said.
“We appreciate their business and support over the years we’ve been in business,” Richard added. “A big thank you to everybody, really.”