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TireProz is ready to serve Hudson area customers

TireProz opened July 20 in Hudson. From the left, owners, Jay Andrews Sr. and Jay Andrews Jr., stand in front of their newest store located on the corner of Crest View and Industrial streets. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

The day the Andrews family has been waiting for arrived July 12 when their newly constructed eight-bay TireProz store opened on the 'hill' in Hudson.

"I have wanted to open a store in Hudson for years," said Jay Andrews Sr., who initially hoped to locate, after purchasing the building, on the old Perkins site. Today, Andrews is thrilled with his location at 1800 Crestview Drive which offers I-94 frontage, a close proximity to Fleet Farm and a traffic-controlled intersection.

Andrews, who has been in this type of business since 1976, took the leap in May of 2006 opening the first TireProz store in the Stillwater area.

"I wanted to own my own business," said Andrews. "The boys have been working for me since they were 14 and they decided they wanted to be included." Andrews' two sons Jay Jr., who manages the Hudson location, and Judd, who manages the Stillwater location, also share in the ownership. "They are excited about doing this." Andrews' daughters took a different path, one is a CPA and the other is an executive with Ecolab.

TireProz Complete Auto Service Center features state-of-the art equipment and will be equipped and staffed to handle all your automotive needs. All of the technicians are ASE Certified. While specializing in tire service, alignments, front-end, shocks, struts, brakes, batteries and oil changes, TireProz has additional maintenance services that include transmission flush, coolant flush, air conditioning, fuel injection, maintenance tune-ups, and just about everything related to the basic scheduled maintenance needs of your vehicle.

They will stock nearly 2,000 tires including, Michelin, BFGoodrich, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Firestone, Continental, General, Pirelli, Kumho, Nitto, Nokian, and many other brands.

"We get a lot of work from dealers," said Andrews. "We have the most sophisticated equipment for tires and wheels. We specialize in bigger and custom wheels."

Customers come from as far away as St. Cloud for the specialized treatment.

"We want to make car care easy," said Andrews. "You can stop in or call for an appointment."

If you look closely when cross the Hudson Bridge, and the wind is blowing from the south, you can see the 12- by 20-foot United States flag which flies atop the 70-foot pole now located at 1800 Crestview Drive. Andrews relocated the pole from the former Perkins building, which he has for sale. It is a reminder to Andrews and his family that even though the opening of their Hudson store was delayed and eventually moved to a new location, they have improved their visibility and are looking forward to serving the Hudson community with top-notch care.

TireProz Complete Auto Service Center will be open six days a week: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (715) 808-0195 or go to