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Longtime tire shop Performance Tire & Wheel closes Lawrence location

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I guess every tire must go flat at some point. One of Lawrence’s older tire and wheel shops has closed its doors.

Performance Tire & Wheel Group, 1828 Massachusetts St., shut down on Friday, and the manager of the store told me there are no plans for the company to reopen in Lawrence.

The company has two other stores in Topeka that will remain open. Lawrence store manager Steve Montgomery, who has been at the store for 27 years, said the family-owned business is going through an ownership change as one of the sons is buying out his father. A decision to close the Lawrence store was made as part of that change.

The company got its start in Topeka in 1946, and Montgomery estimated the Lawrence store has been in business for about 40 years, all at its Massachusetts Street location.

Montgomery said the three employees at the Lawrence location have been offered jobs with the company in Topeka. Montgomery said business at the Lawrence store had held up fine during the past several years, and the decision to close was more of broader strategic decision for the company.

No word yet on whether a new business is set to go into Performance’s space along Massachusetts Street.

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