Tire store in Atlanta, Georgia, has new owner

By LINDSAY T. FLEISCHER Atlanta (Reuters) – The owner of a tire store in Georgia that was shuttered for years due to the state’s opioid crisis is moving the business to a new location.

Tom Gannon said on Thursday he plans to open a new store at the site of the former Bob’s Tire and Rubber Co. on March 15, about 10 miles (16 km) south of Atlanta.

Gannon, who owns the chain with his wife, Michelle, has been trying to reopen the business since the company went into bankruptcy in the wake of a federal investigation of its operations.

A spokesperson for Bob’s told Reuters that the company would be working with Gannon and his wife to “resolve any issues that may arise.”

Gannon said he was trying to make the new location a better place for the company’s customers.

Bob’s Tire & Rubber Co., the tire retailer, closed in March 2016, about five years after it opened in the city of Atlanta, with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs.

Bob and Michelle Gannon opened the chain’s first store in the area, in 2009, in the Atlanta suburb of Glynnwood.