Weaver’s moving up to Broad

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 13, 2002

Come the new year, the old Good Year building on Broad Street will have the boards taken down from the windows and its showroom filled once again.

That’s because Weaver Safety Service, an automotive repair shop currently located on Water Avenue will open its doors at 1806 Broad St. on Jan. 2.

Tommy Johnson, the owner of Weaver, said that he chose to move mainly because of his current location.

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Johnson said that in the past he’s tried advertising on the radio, in newspapers and at all local schools and colleges. It helped, he said, but not to the degree that he thought it would have.

Weaver is currently located at 1510 Water Ave. and has been there for years, according to Johnson. He said that he’s been the owner for 8 years. Before him Billy Grendle was the owner, and Johnson said that he had been there for 34 years.

Johnson said that he had done automotive work before he became the owner of Weaver. He had previously worked at International Paper for 10 years before changing jobs and moving over to Weaver.

Before taking ownership, Johnson said, he had taken a look at the shop and the kind of automotive work that was done there. He said it wasn’t very different from he what was familiar with, and so he decided to switch jobs.

The name Weaver, Johnson said, comes from a company that used to make alignment equipment. However, he added, that company is no longer in business.

Johnson first thought about moving locations in October. He said that he had started thinking about ways to help business, and this was the idea he settled on.

The final decision to move, though, happened Dec. 1.

Johnson is planning on closing his current location Dec. 24 at noon, and reopening the store on Broad Street Jan. 2. The major part of the move will occur between Christmas and opening day, Johnson said.

However, before Christmas, Johnson plans on installing racks and preparing the showroom. He said that he wants that completed before Christmas so that the focus of the move after Christmas can be on moving equipment.

Some of the equipment at the new facility will be a new alignment machine, Johnson added.

In addition to working on alignments, balancing brakes and tires and changing oil among other things, Johnson plans to branch out into new areas at the new Broad St. location.

Johnson said that at the new location he plans on adding tune up and water pump work among others onto the list of available services.

By summertime, Johnson said, he also hopes to be able to provide air-conditioning service.