THE ANDY'S TIRE STORY
From a small single bay tire shop in Truro, Nova Scotia Andy's Tire Shop Ltd. has grown to be one of Atlantic Canada's largest independent distributors of tires.
Andy Langille took control of the business in the early 1950's. There was a small passenger and truck tire retread plant in the rear of the building. Andy developed the small business into a thriving tire dealership over the years and expanded the building numerous times along the way.
In 1967 at age 49 Andy passed away and his wife Myrna took over the ownership of the business. In 1971 a large modern service centre was erected next door to the original building, which was now being used to house the growing Retreading operation.
At the time of Andy's death his only son Michael was 13 years old. That same year Mike began working at the shop after school and during summer vacations. He worked in the Retreading plant, eventually moving into the service bays. At 16 years of age Mike began working on the sales counter and at age 19 took over as General Manager. Since that time Andy's has expanded to many areas of Atlantic Canada through not only its seven retail locations, but also its vast wholesale distribution network. A dominant player in the new passenger and light truck tire market, particularly in Nova Scotia, there is an Andy's Store or dealer in most communities.
Andy's has been a major contributor to many charitable organizations over the years, most recently the newly erected Rotary House for the mentally challenged as well as the new hospital, both of which are located in Truro. Andy's also has its own in house Scholarship Program in place to assist all full time employees' children in their pursuit of a post- secondary education. Over the years tens of thousands of dollars have been awarded to students through this program.
After the passing of Andy Langille and his wife Myrna, their son Mike successfully operated and grew the family tire business for over 35 years! He grew up just down the street from the Truro location, which still today serves as the headquarters for the entire operation. Although new ownership has recently taken the business over, Andy’s name still proudly stands above the door and the current staff remains committed to delivering the same high level service that Andy’s has provided for decades. Andy's Tire Shop Ltd. is a true independent company and while threatened many times by the continual advancement of the "Big Box" stores and manufacturer owned tire shops, it has managed to continually grow its customer and dealer base. With over 50 years of service Andy’s has a personal relationship with many of its customers. Personal relationships are very important in Atlantic Canada and we fully understand and appreciate this at Andy's Tire!
The entire staff of Andy's Tire wishes to thank you for your patronage, and looks forward to seeing you again. If you have not yet visited an Andy's location, please stop in the next time you need tires or tire related work, or just to check them out! The friendly staff will be most happy to serve you.