What began six years ago with a stack of seven used tires is beginning to grow into a regional chain.
Richmond-based Git The Trucking Commercial Tires, which sells tires for commercial-grade trucks, is expanding with new locations in Petersburg and Hampton Roads.
The company opened its Petersburg outpost this month at 534 E. Washington St., an old gas station it bought for $75,000 in October 2020.
In addition to truck tire sales and installations, the company also provides roadside assistance.
It was that roadside assistance program that helped lure the company to Petersburg in the first place.
Co-owner Kamard Johnson says they receive a sizable number of calls from truckers for roadside help around Petersburg, and they feel there is a gap in similar truck-oriented tire companies there.
“It had enough ingredients where we felt it had the making of a location that would be very successful for our business model,” said Kamard, who co-owns the company with his brother Rashad Johnson.
The Petersburg location is the company’s second and will be followed by another location in Portsmouth in the fourth quarter of 2022, Kamard said.
The company’s headquarters is in a 30,000-square-foot facility at 2102 Commerce Road in South Richmond, which also offers tire sales and installation services.
It opened in the Commerce Road location in 2019, and bought the property this month for $2.5 million. The deal wasn’t reflected in Richmond’s online property records Friday.
It moved there after a stint in a commercial space on Belt Boulevard, where it set up shop after being based at Rashad’s home.
Rashad founded the company with an inventory of seven used tires in his backyard shed in July 2016. Prior to that he dealt in passenger-vehicle tires, and some of his customers were also truckers who talked to him about their challenges in finding tires for their work vehicles.
“They would share things about the plight around being (truck) operators,” said Kamard, who himself joined the company in 2019.
Today the company’s average annual revenue is $7.5 million and it sold more than 14,000 tires last year, Kamard said. The company has 17 employees.
Its clients are primarily owner-operators of tractor-trailers, but also includes small businesses in addition to entities like VCU and Wal-Mart. The company plans to get into the municipal market with a pending partnership with Petersburg city government, Kamard said.
Its roadside assistance program’s service area has grown to serve the I-95 corridor from North Carolina to southern Maryland, and also covers Hampton Roads.
“(The owner-operator) is for sure our bread-and-butter, that is who my brother got into this to help and serve,” he said.
Good luck to them, great back story…
Bet they will get a lot of business with how horrible the roads are kept. The real story is how the city of Petersburg treats its citizens. Bad! Fix our potholes!
She’s’ not wrong
You want to make money? Fulfill a need and solve someone else’s problem.
Looks like they figured it out.
Great article, wishing much success.