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Atlanta Slam Dunk Legend Goes From Driving to the Basket to Driving to the Auto Services Shop®

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Local customers were surprised and delighted when Spud Webb picked up their car for service

An Atlanta basketball legend provided an assist in an unexpected way when customers of a local tire and service provider opened their doors to find former Atlanta Hawks player and 1986 slam dunk contest winner Spud Webb. Family-owned Tire Discounters brought Webb to Atlanta to serve as a celebrity driver for the company’s Skip the Shop® program that picks up a customer’s car, services it, and returns the vehicle to their home or work.

Webb spent the morning surprising Chamblee-area Tire Discounters customers as a way of introducing the company’s unique brand and showing off its fun, lighthearted spirit. The company recently opened new stores in the Atlanta metro area and handed out over 250 free apple pies to passersby in March as a way of saying hello to the community. Tire Discounters also intends to bring over 200 jobs to the area in 2022.

“We’re a fun-loving company that values humor, hard work, and positivity,” said Jamie Ward, president and CEO of Tire Discounters. “We also like to do things a little differently, so we decided to bring back a legend, someone who has made a lasting impression on Atlanta: Spud Webb.”

Brandon Grubbs, Sr. Director of Business Development at Tire Discounters, rode with Webb and saw firsthand the amusement and disbelief of surprised customers.

“The reactions were priceless. Some customers were speechless, one woman wanted Spud to dunk in her driveway,” Grubbs shared. “It was an incredible experience seeing the sheer delight on their faces. We couldn’t stop smiling all morning.”

Spud Webb Skip the Shop with customer

Anna Wood, Tire Discounter’s managing director, and daughter of founder Chip Wood, said that having Spud serve as a celebrity driver reflects the company’s pride in surprising and delighting its customers.  Wood said they chose Spud because he is beloved in Atlanta.

“Spud Webb is also the champion of the underdog and an inspirational example of how you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

According to Wood, the event is helping to reinforce Tire Discounters’ entry into the Atlanta metro area and making customers aware of the one-of-a-kind Skip the Shop® service, an example of what Wood describes as Tire Discounters’ commitment to service so good, it’s stupid-good.

“Tire Discounters is known for going the extra mile and exceeding customers’ expectations. For example, when you purchase four tires from us, we give you a free alignment, something others charge hundreds of dollars extra for,” she said.  “We’re excited to show Atlanta what sets us apart—and that’s our family-owned and operated values,” Wood said. “We treat our customers like family. It’s that simple. We look forward to extending this same courtesy to the community of Chamblee and the Atlanta metro area.”

Tire Discounters is the country’s largest 100% family-owned and operated tire and service provider. The company recently signed a deal on a 72,000 square foot warehouse, distribution, and training facility conveniently located near the airport, which will be operational in the Fall. This is on the heels of the opening of the Chamblee store (located at 5585 Peachtree Blvd).

In all, Tire Discounters anticipates opening 25 stores across the state of Georgia with a specific focus on the Atlanta area, by the end of 2022. Tire Discounters has opened and integrated with several businesses throughout Georgia and the Atlanta metro area over the last two years, including Bulldog Tire (Covington, Monroe, and Snellville), Porterfield Tire (Watkinsville and Athens), and North Georgia Tire. An auto glass company, Lightning Auto Glass, located in Chamblee, was also added late last year. These stores joined other locations in Chamblee, Perimeter Pointe, Ft. Oglethorpe, Lawrenceville, and Dalton

Tire Discounters currently has 120 employees across 12 stores in the state of Georgia. The company has the goal of adding 300 additional jobs in 2022. Of this number, approximately 200 employees are anticipated to be in the Atlanta metro area.

“We absolutely love Atlanta,” said Ward. “We look forward to surprising and delighting our Atlanta customers in all sorts of ways in the coming years. After our apple pie giveaway and this celebrity driver promotion, we can’t wait to share what’s next.”

The speed rating of a tire is based on U.S. Government standards for reaching and sustaining a specified speed. Typically, a tire with a higher speed rating results in better handling. Speed ratings apply only to the tire itself, and not to a particular vehicle. Putting a tire rated for a certain speed on a vehicle does not mean that the vehicle can be safely operated at the tire's rated speed.

The load range on a tire helps determine its ability to contain air pressure and its overall strength. Ranges are expressed using a number and the higher the number, the stronger the tire. These measurements are primarily for light trucks and SUV’s.

Tread depth is the distance between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tire's deepest grooves.  In the United States, tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch.

A tire’s maximum load is the maximum amount of weight the tire is designed to hold. The tire’s load carrying capacity is directly related to the tire’s size and amount of inflation pressure that is actually used. Each load range has a assigned air pressure identified in pounds per square inch (psi) at which the tire's maximum load is rated.

A tire’s maximum inflation pressure (PSI) is the highest "cold" inflation pressure that the tire is designed to contain. When measuring a tire’s max PSI, it is important the tire is "cold," because warmer temperatures can cause the tire pressure to temporarily increase resulting with inaccurate readings. This measurement should only be used when called for on the vehicle’s tire placard or in the vehicle’s owners manual.

The mileage warranty of a tire indicates the number of miles that a tire is estimated to last. If a tire fails to last for the number of miles indicated by the warranty, the customer will be given credit from the tire manufacturer toward a new tire based on how many miles short of the estimate the tire fell. Some restrictions apply. 

The total width of the tire, including any raised features on the sidewall. 

This is how many layers of rubber and other materials are in the tire.  

The represents the smallest and widest size wheels that are recommended by the tire manufacturer for the tire to be mounted on. 



The measurement, in inches, from rim flange to the other rim flange. 

The maximum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto. 

The minimum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto.  

A tire's section width (also called "cross section width") is the measurement of the tire's width from its inner sidewall to its outer sidewall (excluding any protective ribs, decorations or raised letters) at the widest point. 

What makes up a tire; each ply, the sidewall, the tread, and bead.  

This number will tell you how well the tire will disperse heat buildup. 

This is how much weight a tire is rated to hold.

Mounting and Balancing – up to $159.96 pending wheel diameter

Lifetime Rotation – $299.90 

Lifetime Balancing – $449.90 

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments – $16 

Rubber Valve Stems – $8

Tire Repair** – $140

Total = $1,073.76

*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000-mile tires. 

**Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.

TD will repair flat tires as long as it can be done safely in accordance with Tire Industry Association (TIA) Guidelines.  Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.  See store for details.  

National accounts and local fleet not included.

Free Alignment with 4-Tire Purchase

National accounts not included.  Other exclusions may apply.

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Lifetime Rotation $240

Total = $340

*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000 mile tires. 

Our Nationwide Worry Free Guarantee offers FREE unlimited Tire Repairs for the entire life of your tires. If your tire can't be fixed and is over 3/32" tread, no worries, we will give you a replacement tire at any time, up to 3 years. We'll even help get your tire changed by including reimbursement for Roadside Assistance (up to $75) for the first 12 months at no additional cost. Effective: August 24, 2017. For complete details, see our warranty at any Tire Discounters location.

Components of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor wears over time.

A TPMS Service Kit is suggested each time a tire/wheel is serviced. If left unchanged, over time, these components of the TPMS may corrode, leak or fail.

Tire/wheel service is defined as when tire is removed from the wheel.