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Tires Plus closes in New Ulm

August 8, 2013

NEW ULM — The Tires Plus shop on South Broadway in New Ulm closed on Monday, after 19-1/2 years in busines....

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Aug-08-13 2:21 AM

He had no comment on the closing, yet commented "I just want to say thank you to our past customers for 19-1/2 years of business."

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Aug-08-13 5:20 AM

TrollingTrolley, is it wrong for a business to NOT give a reason on why they closed their doors? Thanking their patrons is just common sense. I'm sure you'll hear more from the busy streets of New Ulm.

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Aug-08-13 8:23 AM

I'm sure their poor reputation over the past 19-1/2 years had nothing to do with it. I prefer an honest, skilled mechanic that doesn't try to sell me new tie rods every visit.

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Aug-08-13 8:57 AM

doesn't affect us, and we live near it. We called Randy, the owner years ago to discuss an issue with our tires and have never stepped a foot inside since! Shifty employees and poor management!

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Aug-08-13 10:33 AM

I'm sure it is all due to Walmart & George Bush...

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Aug-08-13 1:05 PM

I forgot that place existed...meh

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Aug-08-13 1:57 PM

777777, Randy Reick is NOT THE OWNER! It's owned by the members of the Farmers Co-op of Hanska! Sorry to see it close as my family always received great service.

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Aug-08-13 4:54 PM

It's sad that they closed up. This was the only tire shop in town I could try my spanish skills!

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Aug-08-13 7:00 PM

Hey Smalltowngal, didn't you mean to say - I'm sure you'll hear more from the busybodies on the streets of New Ulm. If someone in New Ulm it seems we all know soon enough!

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Aug-09-13 1:21 AM

Eating a corn dog at the fair and talking with a person I just met..... sounds like some money problems for the old tires plus. The amount figures out to a felony in my book.....ahh...Habo Poco Espinol? HA!

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Aug-09-13 8:38 AM

That's just the Coop way. Instead of investing in training, improvements to gain efficiencies, or seeking ideas from their employees about how to better their business, it's just easier to shut it down. If there isn't any margin in this, then why are there 6 tire shops and 2 coops within 10 miles of New Ulm that are thriving?

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Aug-09-13 11:01 AM

Hopalong....obviously you have never heard the phrase "busy street". Meaning lots of people talking.

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Aug-09-13 11:51 AM

They had a couple of good people. They questioned management and wanted improvements...and we're let go. One works across town, that is where we took our business. And I agree with an earlier comment that many places try to sell you "a tie rod" or something else all the time, Tires Plus didn't do that until after they let MS go. With that said, it is not good to see any business close, hurts employees and consumer competition.

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Aug-09-13 10:24 PM

Actually, fellar, it isn't such a bad thing when a bottom-feeding business closes its doors. Other businesses struggle to compete for low price, and they lose the customers who don't know any better. Places like this drive down wages and lower the bar for what is expected of someone who practices their trade.

There will still be just as many cars that need servicing in this town. The good mechanics will find work with other shops in town, and hopefully it will mean better pay and benefits for more mechanics in town.

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Aug-10-13 12:12 PM

Places like Tires Plus just give a bad reputation to mechanics in general. New Ulm is better off without this business. Low price is rarely the best choice.

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Aug-10-13 2:20 PM

Having lived in minneapolis for 7 years, I am grateful for the relative honesty of tires plus employees. And ashamed of the racist remarks of some who have posted comments here. Thank you Mario and Wendy, for always taking good care of us and for making it right the one time there was a mistake !!

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Aug-13-13 2:20 PM

A few good people. but I did hate telling me I needed this and that and it was not true.. New ulm will be a ghost town soon..

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Aug-17-13 11:39 PM

there's always more to the story... this store had karma take care of it.

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