After working at Hood Tire, Leon Lewis Sr. founded Lewis General Tires in 1919 when he established a General Tire franchise at 260 East Avenue.
In order to survive the Great Depression, Leon took on 2 partners including a competitor across the street. Post WWII, Leon bought out his partners, intending to pass his company on to one or more of his sons: Leon Jr., Alan, and Richard Sr.
In 1969, Richard Sr. became the sole owner. Richard moved the company headquarters from East Avenue to W. Henrietta Road. He felt the future of the tire business was in the suburbs. Plus, the Henrietta location would position the company closer to the thruway and other major highways. At the time, the road was mostly farmland though eventually it became the commerce center that you see today full of car dealerships and, of course, the mall.
The East Avenue location was closed in the 1980’s.
Richard Sr. also had three sons who worked at the company: Richard Jr. (Dick), Steve, and John. Richard Sr. passed away in 1996, and ownership of the company switched to Dick Jr. via Richard Sr.’s surviving wife Wilma.
Dick’s son Craig Lewis currently serves as President and Owner of Lewis General Tires as of April 2015. Dick, Steve and John have since retired, though Dick and Steve still play a role as consultants. They all carry on the proud family tradition of servicing the tire and automotive needs of the Rochester communities.
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Phone: (585) 334-0900
Fax: (585) 334-4615
Address: 3870 West Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Hours: Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM
Sat: 8AM - 12PM
Lewis General Tires is a pillar of the community. Lewis General Tires is a leader in offering name brand tires, wheels, auto repair and brake services for customers located in and around the Rochester, New York area. Our goal is to focus on customer service. It is the foundation of our business. Lewis General Tires employs a well-trained staff specializing in the sale and installation of passenger car, performance and light truck or SUV tires. Custom wheels are available at Lewis General Tires. Special wheels and rims compliment any tire or customer vehicle. Complete under-car services, such as oil changes, brakes, shocks, struts, alignment, and transmission fluid flush for both foreign and domestic vehicles are readily available at competitive prices. Take this opportunity to browse Lewis General Tires website or call us for personalized service.