GALLIPOLIS — Reds Auto Center, the Bidwell-based auto service and repair company, finished its first full business week Saturday after opening Jan. 4 with a new location in Gallipolis.
The new business is located at 30 Sycamore St. The truck center, which caters to larger vehicles, is stationed on Kerr Road in the Bidwell area. The main office and towing division is headquartered on State Route 554 in Bidwell. The Gallipolis business formerly housed in the building was known as Spring Valley Tire. As of now, the location has three full-time mechanics and is potentially looking to add three more in the future.
According to Carolyn James, manager of the new Reds Auto location, Tammy Brabham owns the business. James started training to manage the new business location Nov. 1 at the Bidwell store. Spring Valley Tire previously rented the location from Brabham. Spring Valley Tired closed its doors last fall.
James said Brabham had been considering a business expansion for some time. When the Sycamore Street location became available, Reds Auto Center decided to move services to the Gallipolis area.
“Reds (has been) a family owned and operated business since 1976,” James said. “We offer complete automotive service. We do mechanical repairs. We do oil changes, battery (replacements), exhaust (repair), alignment adjustments, brakes and things like that.”
According to the company’s website, “Reds Auto Center and its family of companies originated as Red’s Rollen Garage in 1976. Through the years, we have grown to not only serve southern Ohio for auto repair, but also portions of West Virginia and Kentucky for shop repairs, road service, towing and more. Reds began as a mobile unit and later expanded to shop services. We then purchased our first tow truck in 1992 and have not stopped growing since.”
The truck service center was opened in 2010.
According to James, the business was started by “Tammy and her husband Red Brabham. His name was Ted, but everybody called him Red.” Red passed away several years ago and Tammy has continued running operations since.
According to James, the Reds Auto Center facilities are AAA contractors along with other organizations and will assist with roadside problems.
The business will be holding its grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting Feb. 11. Events are anticipated to continue into Feb 13. Prizes are expected to be given to individuals who sign up for a drawing. A free four-wheel alignment is being given away, four tires and one of five oil changes as respective separate prizes.
“We are excited to see a local business expand its operations in Gallia County,” said Michelle Miller, executive director of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce. “There are great things happening in the Gallia County business community. Reds is a longtime member of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce and regularly supports the community. As always, we urge members of the community to support those businesses that support Gallia and we wish Reds Auto Center great success with their expansion.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.