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Perry Hall Firestone Opens: Freebies, Food April 27-28

The two-day celebration includes charitable donations, prizes and food.

The new store is opening with a bang this Friday and Saturday.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 27 and April 28, the grand opening at 9653 Belair Road will include charitable donations, prizes and food. Tires, oil changes and brake jobs will also be sold at discounted prices, according to store manager Michael Wagoner.

The store plans to make donations to the Baltimore County Police Department and during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. Prizes include iPads, gift cards and TVs. Saturday's activities will include clowns and face painting for children.

"We want to say thank you to the citizens of Perry Hall," Wagoner said. "Without them, we're not in business."

What do you think about the new store? How do you think it will impact business at other local auto shops? Tell us in the comments.

Mike Pierce April 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
And once again it's filled with trashy, illegal signs. I hope all the residents of Perry Hall area boycott this place. If they really cared about the residents, they wouldn't do this! I don't know about their impact on other local auto shops, but they are definately going to have a negative impact on all the merchants in this area.
Jeff B April 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Mike you are an idiot!
Al Carlson April 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Have to tell you, they did some work for me (about $1000 worth) a few weeks ago and I thought they did a great job. I had the same work estimated at two other places and it was within 5%. The service was great and the place was clean...a pleasant experience overall.
Paul Amirault April 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Firestone transformed a Pit Beef trailer (pretty good food) and run down former ugly old road side stand into a new brick building and now they have the nerve to hold an Open House. A bunch of new jobs and some "ugly illegal" signs. Nice blow-up balloon truck. I'd cut them some slack while opening their new business, but that's me. Boycott, nah, how about a hot dog though!
John Doe April 27, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I hope it helps DeNiros business - it was a shame what happened to them recently.
Renee April 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I for one, won't be going there! I cannot stand when conglomerates try to wipe out ma and pa shops! There are 6 car shops, locally owned within a few minutes of Firestone. So yeah Paul, they might have created new jobs, but, the outcome of cheering them on is that other shops who have serviced the area might loose everything! I for one am for the underdogs, not the big bullies- and that is exactly what they are!
Renee April 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Paul, they might have created new jobs, but, the outcome is that other shops who have serviced the area for all these years (and it's their livelihood) might loose everything! It's your way of thinking that destroys the small businesses!
Paul Amirault April 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Just not true, the "little" guys have absolutely no more rights to jobs than the "big" guys. It s called competition. If the "little" guys are satisfying their customers, their customers will stay. As the population continues to grow, business will expand. Just look at every corner where there s a drug store. Welcoming them to Perry Hall is not cheering anyone on. Renee, I cannot even fathom the stuff you have bought from "conglomerates". Do you shop at the big box stores, do you shop at the chain supermarkets, do you frequent Wal-Mart or Target? Come on, get real. Do you have an Apple product. Come clean.
Tim April 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Renee: They won't lose everything if their service is good. Only customers not happy with their "local" mech will be going here.
Tim April 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Wow, Mike Pierce clearly has a bone to pick with Firestone. haha.
Renee April 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
It is not called competition. Little ma and pa shops cannot buy in bulk the way the large chains can and receive the huge discounts the way large chains do. In today's economy, it has nothing to do with service and everything to do with cost! Drugstore chains are another bully! And, unless you have ever owned a small store where big chains come in, you have no idea what you are talking about! Paul, I very rarely shop from Walmart or Target. I do my grocery shopping at MOM's and my other shopping [what I would buy from Walmart or Target (not clothes)] from a wellness online store where there is only 1 store (they've grown of course) who really and truly gives back to the community and the people who shop with them. So, don't pretend you know me!@ And no, I do not have an Apple product! Sorry to burst your bubble!
Renee April 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I disagree Tim. They (local mech) cannot get the pricing deals the big chains can get. Have you ever owned a small business where there are big chains coming into your business area? In today's economy, people go where the price is cheaper. It is going to force the small shops to compete with pricing on the actual products (not labor) and it will put a serious hurting on them!
Parkvillehoney April 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I think this Firestone dealer will get business from customers that don't have a "regular" car repair shop. I have patronized my local auto mechanic for over 15 years. They aren't the cheapest BUT they do the work right the1st time. I believe you get what you pay for. Sometimes cheap equals poor service. Only time will tell if this Firestone business makes it.
Renee April 28, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I hope you are right! I'm sticking with local! They're pretty reasonable as well and I know I can trust them!
Other Tim April 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
The owner of Firestone is probably a franchisee of Firestone. (Might even possibly live in the neighborhood.) As a franchisee, he is basically the same as the so called "Ma and pa" shops- just a small business person trying to make a living. As far as buying power goes, there a lots of co-ops for small businesses to join to help with bulk pricing. If a small business owner does not take advantage of a co-op, he or she is not really trying to be competitive.
Tim April 28, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Renee: Most people know big chains absolutely fleece you on auto repairs. Whether its overinflated labor rates or overinflated parts costs. Anyone with half a brain won't leave their local merchant for an unknown chain. it's completely counter-intuitive to looking out for your own best interests. Now, simple things like oil changes and the like, I agree that Firestone will likely take some of that away, then again, the reason for this is convenience. generally they can crank out basic stuff like this quicker - and you can't really fleece people on pricing of these.
Paul Amirault April 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Sorry, Renee it is called competition when Big Guy eats little guy. You might think it is not fair, but that is life. Just because someone has an advantage does not necessarily make it unfair. Should the Baltimore Orioles play in the minor leagues because the NY Yankees have more money and win most of the time? Don't answer that Yankee fans! In the interest of full disclosure I believe I know what I am talking about. I have been a CPA for over 30 years, I have owned and still do several small businesses and I have competed against the unfair Big Guys for over 15 years and enjoy the fight. Do they have advantages yes, but so do I. Have a great weekend.
Darin April 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Renee, best wishes to you and your family. I buy lots of windshield wipers and tampons.
BaltimoreDee April 28, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Me, too...I'm staying with my local car repair/tire shops. Besides, I haven't easily forgotten all of the problems (some fatal) with Firestone tires about 10 years ago. Some of these tires are still on vehicles and causing fatal accidents. Refer to: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7410017
Darin April 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
BaltimoreDee, do you know a local place that sells homemade aprons or bibs?
Renee April 28, 2012 at 05:54 PM
If you're serious (which I doubt!), yes I do! I get my windshield wipers from local! As for the other, I do not buy- for the life of me I cannot figure why you would.
Kevin Martin April 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Renee, I had the same question. Thanks for answering.
Renee April 28, 2012 at 06:42 PM
And, before Darin asks, I get my prescriptions from a small, local pharmacy up in Harford Co.!
John April 28, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Years ago I tried the local car repair places. Prices were high, work was shoddy at best. When I had breaks replace and it took 3 days, and the next day the break line came off when my wife was driving and it took another 4 days to complete the job again. I will stick with a chain with certified, trained technitians.
Ryan April 30, 2012 at 07:37 AM
I am going to have to agree with Paul on this one too. For one, smaller shops do not even enjoy doing oil changes. It takes up one of their bays, and in an interest of being somewhat competitive they cannot charge their usual 70+/ labor charge for that bay. They usually do oil changes just to keep their customers happy. Tires might be the only other thing that firestone could really beat the local shops on, and I would bet if all of the shops lost their tire sales but kept their other business they would not be in too bad of shape. I know if I have to get my oil changed at a “big” shop because of a time pinch they always come back with all types of things that I need to have fixed. I never let them fix them for me, I always go back to my local shop and have them take a look at the list and ask them what they think I need. This is because I trust them and I think most others trust their local shop too. This is why I think if you do a fair and honest business in Perry Hall you will be virtually unchanged by the opening of the Firestone store.
Parkvillehoney April 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
John, I don't know what local shop you went to. My local car repair shop has master techs that have been working on cars for over 25 years. They go to training and have their certificates displayed in the office area. I have had more trouble with chain shops. They always wanted to upsell me on repairs. I have been happy with my local repair shop for over 15 years. He even tells me what I don 't need and why if I ask for a repair I think I need. Now that is service.
Emily Kimball (Editor) April 30, 2012 at 08:18 PM
An update from the ribbon cutting is available here: http://patch.com/A-sQNY - Perry Hall Firestone Cuts Ribbon, Attracts Community Support
Renee May 01, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Paul, CPA is a whole other ballpark- apples to oranges. I'm talking retail. And I use a locally owned accounting practice in Dundalk for my taxes- again, totally different ballpark than mechanics, pharmacies, etc. Not sure who you use Ryan, but my mechanic doesn't mind oil changes- business is business. And mine have never charged a lot for labor, sometimes doing services free of charge if it is small!
Renee May 01, 2012 at 12:22 AM
John, not sure who you took yours to, that is horrible and I hope nothing happened and she was okay- pretty scary!! I've never had that problem and I always use Foltz with once in a blue moon, Schultz'. Both employee certified, trained technicians. And mine is always done in one day!
Stacey Schantz May 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Service here is great. I took my car for an oil change Tuesday. I was in and out in 30 min. Decided to bring it back today for tires, and they didn't make me sit in the waiting room for 3 hrs with my kids. Instead, they drove me home (2 mi away) in my car, then came to pick me up when the car was done. Priced the same services at 2 other local places and the price was 20% less. I'll be using them again.

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