Les Schwab, an Oregon-based tire retailer, is for sale.

The company operates 492 stores in 10 states, including St. Maries. News of the potential sale was reported last week by Bloomberg. The tire company verified the reports.

Les Schwab opened his first tire store in 1952 in Prineville, Oregon. The company built a reputation for service and expanded quickly.

The company opened its St. Maries store in 1969 when it purchased Gene’s Tire Center. Two years ago the company built a new 9,000 sq. ft. store on Main Avenue, across 10th Street from its original location.

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