Major chains care about local communities, too—at least that was the central message during a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the new late Friday morning.
Local politicians, members of community organizations and a crowd of Firestone employees gathered to officially open the 10-bay at 9653 Belair Rd. Store management presented $500 checks to both and the Baltimore County Police Foundation.
"Without you, we wouldn't be in business," said store manager Michael Wagoner. "We are committed to providing you the best possible service."
praised the new location: "As a councilman, I've worked very hard to revitalize this area ... thank you for opening this facility. It's a beautiful facility."
State Del. John Cluster likewise welcomed the new store: "As a business owner myself, it's always great to see a new business in the area."
The Perry Hall location joins more than 1,600 Firestone auto care stores nationwide, company officals said, adding that the store includes several "green" features, including the use of recycled rubber as mulch.
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