The Bill Williams Tire Center has officially moved into the McKissack Tire shop and warehouse at 1209 W Dickinson Blvd. Breaking the news, former owners Howard and Vicki McKissack published an endearing announcement letter that was published in the Sept. 14 issue of The Pioneer. The letter explained all the details of McKissack Tire being sold to Bill Williams Tire Center, and the McKissack family have expressed much confidence in the Bill Williams company.
“The McKissack family has built a great business, and it's a great honor that they're passing the torch to Bill Williams Tire,” began General Manager Mac Parsons.
Seated in the shop's waiting area, Parsons explained, “We're not completely modernizing the McKissack Tire shop. We still want it to have that small town feeling here. We really loved what McKissack Tire was doing, so the main thing we're adding is our vast product line of tires. We're just going to enhance what the McKissacks have built here in Fort Stockton, and keep this thing going. We have plenty of inventory and plenty of options. The new tires are here and ready to go.”
According to Parsons, the Fort Stockton Bill Williams Tire marks the tenth location for the company. Taking over operations on Friday, Sept. 1, Bill Williams Tire Center has already implemented all major lines for medium, light and passenger truck tires.
“We're a full line distributor. Our main headquarters is in Midland, so we'll have a truck coming every day to bring us new tires here. We want to target the commercial tire industry, since its so big in this area. In the near future, we'll start providing 24-hour emergency roadside assistance,” revealed Parsons.
Commenting on what will remain the same, Parsons said, “Dudley McKissack will still be on staff here. I'll be helping him for the foreseeable future. One thing we won't change is the McKissack's customer loyalty. Howard and Dudley's honesty and integrity is impeccable, and that's the foundation we want to build off of.”
Parsons says Bill Williams Tire has already hired three employees locally, with more applications on hand to sort through. Leaning on the shop's front desk, Dudley McKissack walked in and said, “My parents pretty much summed it up in the letter that they put out. I've got Mac here who is going to help me out for awhile. It'll be a good change.”
With the smell of new tires in the warehouse, Parsons pointed out one last detail and said, “Billy Williams and Howard McKissack have known each other for many years. It was a good fit for both of them. It just made sense. That's why this has been such a smooth transition for everyone. Including the community. We've got a good tire shop here, and now it has a bigger selection of tires.”
With the expanded inventory of tires in stock, Bill Williams Tire is ready to meet a customer’s needs. New shop hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.