Thursday, May 23, 2024

It’s kind of a big wheel

Javier and Caitlyn Rivas, co-owners of Professional Tire

Sometimes things just align.

One day a business closes, one that met a steady demand in Lincoln City.
Then, pow! In the same place a new company moves in to provide the same services without missing a beat.

That is the story of Professional Tire acquiring Gerber Tire’s former building at 1605 SE Hwy 101 and setting up shop so quickly that there was hardly time to blink.

Javier and Caitlyn Rivas, along with another partner, own a successful tire and auto repair shop in McMinnville and were looking to expand. When they learned that Perry Gerber had retired (no pun intended) and Gerber Tire had closed they leapt at the opportunity.

And opportunity leapt back.

While setting up shop and not actually open for business, a car pulled onto their lot needing tire service. Javier looked around, found the tools he needed (with a little help from the local NAPA store), and took care of his first customer in Lincoln City.

Service bays filling with customer’s vehicles.

And things have not slowed down since. By 10 a.m. today two bays were filled and more cars and trucks waited in the parking lot.

This business is a true family affair for the Rivas’.  While commuting from Lafayette and working at the shops family members watch over their two children. 

In addition, another family has joined the crew; former Gerber employee Chris and his son Nick (who had been running his own mobile mechanic business in town).

Professional Tire will continue offering most of what Gerber Tire did including oil changes, alignments, front end work, brake services and tires.  There are no plans to sell utility trailers.

And like Gerber tire they plan to be involved with our community.  Thursday July 6 there will be an Open House featuring cake from My Petite Sweets.  Friday July 7 is the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.   Friday will feature hot dogs with all the trimmings.  Exact times of the Open House will follow.

You can reach Professional Tire at 541-614-0040.


Don Williams
Don Williams
Don Williams serves as publisher and editor of The Lincoln City Homepage.


  1. Glad to see Chris will be at this new shop!!!He’s a great mechanic and will be an asset to their business! Will be taking my vehicles to their shop!!!Wish them much luck!!!

  2. Hello. This is Gina, Chris Tuckness owner of C & G Mobile Repair LLCs wife. We are thrilled to be a part of the Professional Tire family! I have yet to meet Caitlyn but I have met the other owners Javier, Jared and Frank. They are all extremely nice. As much as they care about their employees, I’m sure they will care that their customers are completely satisfied. They will make a wonderful addition to our community. So… welcome, to the Professional Tire family. Also Chris will still be running our business after hours and on the weekends. If you need him and can’t reach him by phone 701-339-3870 during the week go ahead and leave a voicemail or stop into the shop to speak with him.


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