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Serving Over 100 Years in the Tire Business

Over Four Generations Of Tire Experts

In 1919, about a decade after Henry Ford’s Model T revolutionized the world, Leon Lewis opened Lewis General Tires. Since then, four generations of his family have kept the company adapting and up with the times. Located in Rochester, NY, and serving the Greater Rochester area, Lewis General Tires provides top-quality tire, retreading, automotive repair services at a top-of-the-line tire dealership.

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Humble Beginnings

Leon Lewis Sr. founded Lewis General Tires in 1919 when he established a General Tire franchise at 260 East Avenue. To survive the Great Depression, Leon took on two partners, one of them being his competitor across the street. Post World War II, Leon bought out his partners, intending to pass his company to one or more of his sons: Leon Jr., Alan, and Richard Sr.

A Bold Move

In 1969, Richard Sr. became the sole owner. He made a bold business decision to move the company headquarters from East Avenue to a large facility on W. Henrietta Road. He felt that the future of the tire business was in the suburbs. Additionally, the Henrietta location positioned the company closer to the thruway and other major highways.

At the time, Henrietta was primarily farmland, eventually becoming the commercial center it is today. Lewis General Tires was one of the first businesses to establish themselves in this area. The East Avenue location closed in the 1980s.

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Four Generations of Lewis’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. and Richard Sr.’s surviving wife, Wilma.

In April 2015, Dick passed the torch to his son, Craig Lewis, who currently serves as President and Owner of Lewis General Tires. Dick, Steve, and John have since retired, though Dick and Steve still play a consultant role. They all carry on the proud family tradition of servicing the tire and automotive needs of Rochester communities.

“From the front desk to the folks in the garage, everyone is very genuine. The work is fairly priced, and they go beyond what is expected. They are knowledgeable about all things vehicle-related.”

Amy B.

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Lewis General Tires
3870 W. Henrietta Rd.
Rochester, NY, 14623

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Monday-Friday: 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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