About Willey's Tire Shop

Willey's Tire Shop was opened in 1923 in Ishpeming, MI by Marcus Willey Sr.  Since opening we have had 4 locations in downtown Ishpeming.  In 1951 it was handed down to Mark's oldest son Jim and was known as Jim's Tire Shop from 1951 to 1972.  In 1972 we moved into our present location and the name was changed back to Willey's Tire Shop.  Willey's Tire Shop

When most of the boys in the family became teenagers, they all had a job at the store.  They would work Saturdays and after school in the fall, sometimes staying to midnight during the busy season right before snowfall.

In 1982 it was then sold to the youngest brother, Marcus Willey Jr.  In 1991 we opened our newest store in Marquette, MI.  It is managed by Mark's son Scott. 

Back in 1923 we were selling Federal tires that were made with cotton cords.  Later cotton cords were replaced by rayon cords, then nylon and polyester.  Finally steel belts were introduced in radial tires, just like the tires we sell today.  We also seen wheels change, they went from clincher rims to tube type and finally into the tubeless wheels we use today.

Balancing has progressed through years.  At first there was no balancing, then it went to bubble balancing, and finally into computerized spin balancing we use today.

In 1986 we started doing computerized alignments and have been upgrading our equipment as technology advanced through the years.

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Some of our employees have been with us since 1982 and others have 19 to 35 years of experience. 

Through the years many things have changed, we now have access to most major brand name tires, and many private labels.  We still try to offer friendly small town service to everyone we meet.

In the picture below Marcus Willey Jr. was presented a trophy from a Goodyear rep celebrating 65 years of selling Goodyear Tires. ( Shown is many of the Willey family members and employees )

 

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Willey's Tire Shop has won the Mining Journal's Readers' Choice Award in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  We were voted the "Area's Best Tire Store."  Our employee's all take pride in their work and we try to provide the best possible service to you the customer.

 

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