In "Supporter Spotlight: Bulldog Tire Automotive" on April 20, the titles for Tommy Banks and Tim Brooks were flipped. Banks is the shop owner and Brooks is general manager and son-in-law of the owner. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.
Working in the tire business for 19 years, Tommy Coker always wanted a tire shop of his own.
He fulfilled that desire when he opened Bulldog Tire in 1982, but the source of Coker's pride is not in his business, but his employees.
The shop, which celebrates its 29 anniversary this month, is operated by 11 employees, five of whom have been there for more than 20 years, including Shop Manager Tommy Banks, General Manager Tim Brooks (who is also his son-in-law), and Office Manager Christi Brakes. Technicians are ASE certified.
"It makes my life a lot easier because of the great employees that we have," said Coker. "I'm proud of them. We're a good family and we work well together."
The business, 4108 N. Elm St. in Covington, is one of four locations in metro Atlanta. It provides a variety of automotive services, including brakes, alignment, transmission maintenance, belts and hoses inspection and computerized engine analysis. The shop features brand name wheels and tires.
"Some people change oil, some people do tires, but we do it all," said Coker.
The business also sponsors local organizations and activities, including the Y and Newton County Recreation. They enjoy participating in anything going in the county and providing a hand where needed, Coker said.
"We're an old-fashioned type of business," said Coker. "You want to take care of customers and give back to our community."
The business is offering a give away, with a prize of a set of Michelin tires, which can cost up to $1,000. Customers can go to the website and register for the drawing, which will take place on April 30.
"If we make it to our 30-year anniversary and I'm still alive, we may even give away some hot dogs," Coker joked.