New tire shop opens in Lincoln
Ribbon Cut scheduled for August 7th
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[July 31, 2019]
Wednesday, August 7th, the community is invited to join in a
celebration welcoming a new retail business to Lincoln. Tinaja Tire
& Auto, 103 South Logan Street will host a ribbon cutting at 11:30
a.m. with hotdogs served afterward.
Owner Jose Vega is teaming up with John Lucio to
open not one, but two, small businesses in the former abandoned gas
station. Lucio, along with his fiancé Macy Hawkins will operate J &
M Car Care from the same location, and are partnering with Vega for
the ribbon cutting.
Vega recently spoke about his new business. He explained that for
the last 18 years, he has worked as a mechanic at Jesse’s Tire
Clinic in Bloomington. A few months ago the owner of the location in
Lincoln approached Jesse’s owner about opening a second shop on
Logan Street. The Jesse’s owner was not prepared to take up the
offer, but he encouraged Vega to do so. Vega said it was a great
opportunity for him to start his own business and he’s happy that
the owner recommended that he give it a shot.
Tinaja opened on June 1st. Since that time Vega has been working to
build inventory, and spruce up the shop inside and out.
Vega will sell used tires only and will mount and balance the tires
for the customer as needed. He is also available for basic mechanic
work. He explained that he will limit his customer base to gasoline
engines only, cars and pick-up trucks, no diesel engines and no
large vehicles. He said that as far as his scope of work he is able
to do anything from light repairs to changing out motors or
transmissions. He said he will not re-build motors or transmissions,
but switch outs he can do, no problem.
For the time being, Vega will be the only person in the shop, but he
is hopeful that over time he will be able to grow his business and
perhaps add a new employee or two. He also plans at some point in
the near future to have a repair truck set up so that he can make
service calls to stranded motorists.
John Lucio said that he kind of happened into partnering with Vega
on the shop space. He explained that he stopped in one day to talk
to Vega about some used tires for his car. The two men hit it off,
and as the conversation between them progressed Vega offered Lucio
the opportunity to share the shop space and start up his own detail
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Lucio said he had plenty of experience in the detail
business. He explained that his uncle owns a detail shop in Lincoln
and Lucio started helping out with car care when he was only about
eight years old. He helped the uncle for several year, and also
worked as a detailer at Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lincoln.
Lucio has most recently been working for a
professional window cleaning service out of Chicago. Lucio said that
he liked that job and it paid well, but, the miles he was putting on
his personal vehicle were starting to get costly. Lucio said that
with the support of his fiance’, he made the decision to start his
own detail business.
Vega also has plenty of support from family who are encouraging him
to follow a dream in Lincoln. Vega and his family currently live in
Bloomington. His family includes his wife Nova, and children Jose
Jr., Daniel, Cassandra and Jesus. On the day of Vega and Lucio’s
interview Jose Jr. was on hand helping out with some painting and
other cleaning and repair jobs around the shop. Vega said his son
was a great helper, but when school starts, dad will have to let his
good helper go.
On Wednesday, August 7th, Lincoln Daily News will host the ribbon
cutting for Tinaja and J & M at 11:30 a.m. The community is invited
to attend and it is the hope of Vega and Lucio that they will have a
good turnout so they have an opportunity to get to know folks and
also to show off their shop.
Tinaja will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday’s the shop will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Those looking for tires or auto repair can stop by the shop or call