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by Cait DeMoss
Westside Tire and Service has been serving the community of Leon for sixteen years. It was established by Garland Draper in 1998 at the location of 913 W. 1st street, then moved locations in 2009 when Greg Draper, son of Garland Draper, bought the business and moved to the current location at 906 W. 1st street.
Westside Tire and Service is a second generation, family owned and operated business that provides an arsenal of services to the Leon community. Among these services, they offer 24 hour towing, Air conditioner repairs, on-site farm tire repairs, miscellaneous repairs, tractor/lawn mower repairs and have recently added alignment services to their operations during this past year with the purchase of their new alignment machine.
Greg and wife Wanda own and operate Westside Tire. Wanda said, "The reason our customers come back is because we do good work." Greg’s specialty is farm tires in addition to operating the 24 hour Tow Truck. Greg and Wanda realize the value of providing quality services and repairs, so other certified and experienced employees at Westside Tire are: Lance, who is certified as an Automotive Service Excellence, ASE; Devin, who is in charge of the alignment machine and Bob, who has been working there for eight years and has a reputation for being a wiz with tires. "We do it all," said Greg. An interesting highlight of Westside Tire and Service is they have the cheapest tires for sale in the area.
The Drapers have been married for 24 years and have four sons who have worked for them in the family business. They will also be expecting their first set of twin grandchildren in the near future.
The Drapers know the importance of providing a needed service in case of an emergency and have gained a close relationship with the local police forces. Greg and Wanda also understand the value of buying local and make it a point to purchase their fuel and groceries as well as dine locally. "We do local," Wanda and Greg both said.
The Drapers also enjoy the annual 4th of July parade sponsored by the Leon Chamber of Commerce and Rodeo committee. It has been a family tradition to participate by driving something through the parade each year.
Westside Tire and Services’ hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday. Contact information for Westside Tire is 446-4020 or Greg’s personal: 641-414-4429.
Thank you Greg and Wanda for continuing Garland’s vision of Westside Tire and Services. Your added services like your investment in a new alignment machine has shown our Leon Chamber how you share our vision to help Leon thrive and not just survive. We wish you success in the future.