Sometime this spring — possibly in April — a new Les Schwab tire center will open near the corner of Sedgwick and Bethel in Port Orchard, across the street from the Fred Meyer superstore complex.
The tire store is making the move to the new location that will allow the company to introduce a new design concept that provides a more comfortable experience for customers, according to Brian Capp, vice president of marketing for the Bend, Ore.-based company.
The 13,000-square-foot building, he said, will include a more comfortable lounge for customers, Wi-Fi connectivity and greater access to daylight. The site will be much more energy efficient, he said. Capp said the facility will feature eight service bays, where tire, brake and alignment servicing can be done.
“We introduced the new design a couple of years ago and now about 10 percent of our stores feature it,” Capp said. “They’re very nicely done. You’ll have to see it to fully appreciate the features.”
Les Schwab stores already have a solid presence in the Northwest. Capp said the company is growing and expects to soon expand to locations in central California and Colorado.
The current Les Schwab center on Bay Street downtown will close when the new site opens. The downtown property is expected to be taken over by the expansion of Bruce Titus Ford’s growing operations. The auto dealership has plans to expand on property next door now occupied by St. Vincent de Paul.