By HUNTER BISHOP
Tribune-Herald Staff Writer
While some service facilities will change the oil in your car while you wait, Lex Brodie’s Tire Co. will soon be able to change your oil before you even get out of the car.
Josh Porter, managing director of Lex Brodie’s four island locations, said the whole process of changing your car’s oil will take only 12-15 minutes, and customers will never have to stand up during the transaction — unless they’d rather sit in a waiting room, which makes getting an oil change about the same as picking up fast food.
Porter said the existing Lex Brodie’s Tire Store in Kona will be moving next year from its Kaiwi Street location to the former Island Chevrolet building at 75-5570 Kuakini Highway, where he hopes the tire store will be operating by the first quarter of next year.
A second, modular-style building will be constructed on the same property to house the quick-lube facility, Porter said, which should be open for business later next year. Building permits are still being acquired for the move.
The new facility will nearly double the size of Lex Brodie’s operations in Kona. The bulding that will be remodeled at the new site is a 10,000 square-foot building. The two-bay, 1,500 square-foot drive-in unit to be built will be specifically designed for the quick-lube operation.
“That’s what’s different,” Porter said.
About 10 employees will be moving over to the new facility, and four or five new employees will be needed eventually to staff the quick-lube operation.
Porter’s father, Chuck Porter, has been co-owner of Lex Brodie’s tire centers in Hilo, Pahoa, Waimea and Kona for close to 10 years. Prior to that, the elder Porter managed Lex Brodie’s Big Island facilities under previous ownership.
Josh Porter said the company will continue to focus its growth on establishing “long-standing” company-owned locations around Hawaii Island that will afford the company room to grow.