Johnson's Tire Service unexpectedly closes its doors

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 3:26 PM AKDT
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A decades-old Anchorage tire business appears to have suddenly closed its doors for good.

A note posted on the front door of Johnson’s Tire Service in Midtown Tuesday morning stated “due to unforeseen events, we will not be open.” That note was later replaced by another, which said “Closed for business permanently.”

The company’s Facebook page and mobile website were no longer available as of 1 o’clock.

The Midtown store on Denali Street served as the company’s corporate headquarters. It first opened for business in 1982, according to online state licensing records.

Anchorage police were called to the location Tuesday morning for a reported robbery, however officers discovered it was just employees “cleaning things out,” according to APD spokesperson Nora Morse.

“There was no crime. Officers then left,” Morse said.

The employees told a Channel 2 photographer that they were busy collecting personal tools and other items from inside the store. None of them wanted to speak on camera, but a few of them indicated that the reason for the closure was financial.

One person claiming to be an employee contacted Channel 2 by phone and said they were given no advance notice of the closure.

Messages sent to the company's President Kelly Gaede, as well as several other managers, were not immediately returned Tuesday. Calls to the store itself went unanswered. It’s unknown how many employees will be affected by the closure.

Johnson’s Tire Service filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015 following a lawsuit alleging that the company owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to leaseholders and a contracting firm,

In the months that followed the bankruptcy filing, Johnson’s closed several locations such as those in Eagle River, Wasilla and Soldotna.