Riverside Tire Center

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Phone: (979) 885-4009
12450 FM 1458
SealyTX   77474
Email: info@riversidetire.com

The history of Riverside Tire Center begins back in 1940 on the banks of the Brazos River between Sealy and Brookshire. A river bridge that replaced a ferry had been completed two years prior and a real paved road, U.S. Highway 90, replaced an old dirt road, the new highway would be the primary avenue of travel between Houston and San Antonio. This is the spot Louis Sodolak, Sr. picked to build his new business, Riverside Service Station. He chose Texaco brand of gasoline to sell that would continue to be the brand for 52 years and through three generations of Sodolaks. Tires were also sold at this time. Louis Sodolak, better known as Pop, built a rodeo arena with bleachers behind the service station that would attract a large crowd on Sundays. Pop had five children that worked in the business. His three sons: Bill, Eddie, and Louis Jr. had to leave to join the military during World War II. Bill joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served until 1946. Louis, Sr.’s Irene and Bertha continued to work.

Immediately upon his discharge, Bill returned home and took over Riverside. In 1948, Bill along with his wife Gladys, added a restaurant to the business. A name change was in store to reflect the growing enterprise, Riverside Service Station and Café. The business also included weekend turkey shoots and barbecue.

The year 1976 brought a profound change to the company due to Bill’s death two days after his 55th birthday. Bill, Jr. was in his second year of college at this time and had to work mostly full time in the business to help keep it operating. It was during this time that Bill, Jr. determined that the real future of Riverside was in tires and automotive services. Three years later Riverside’s first computer tire balancer was purchased and soon after Bill’s graduation from Texas A&M University the first computer alignment machine was acquired. Immediately after graduation, he married his wife Suzanne.
 
Riverside was now in the gasoline, tire, and automotive business. In 1982 Bill and Suzanne bought out the ownership of his mother Gladys and his three sisters. In 1983, the first four of fourteen service bays were constructed. Within six years it was determined that the tire and auto service business was growing at a pace that eventually require the whole property, so steps were taken to leave the restaurant and gasoline business.
 
As of today, a fourth generation of Sodolaks, Angela and Christopher, have both graduated from Texas A&M University and joined their parents working at Riverside Tire Center on a full-time basis. As usual, changes are still being made. The company entered into the billboard business in 1995.
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The history of Riverside Tire Center begins back in 1940 on the banks of the Brazos River between Sealy and Brookshire. A river bridge that replaced a ferry had been completed two years prior and a real paved road, U.S. Highway 90, replaced an old dirt road, the new highway would be the primary avenue of travel between Houston and San Antonio. This is the spot Louis Sodolak, Sr. picked to build his new business, Riverside Service Station. He chose Texaco brand of gasoline to sell that would continue to be the brand for 52 years and through three generations of Sodolaks. Tires were also sold at this time. Louis Sodolak, better known as Pop, built a rodeo arena with bleachers behind the service station that would attract a large crowd on Sundays. Pop had five children that worked in the business. His three sons: Bill, Eddie, and Louis Jr. had to leave to join the military during World War II. Bill joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served until 1946. Louis, Sr.’s Irene and Bertha continued to work.

Immediately upon his discharge, Bill returned home and took over Riverside. In 1948, Bill along with his wife Gladys, added a restaurant to the business. A name change was in store to reflect the growing enterprise, Riverside Service Station and Café. The business also included weekend turkey shoots and barbecue.

The year 1976 brought a profound change to the company due to Bill’s death two days after his 55th birthday. Bill, Jr. was in his second year of college at this time and had to work mostly full time in the business to help keep it operating. It was during this time that Bill, Jr. determined that the real future of Riverside was in tires and automotive services. Three years later Riverside’s first computer tire balancer was purchased and soon after Bill’s graduation from Texas A&M University the first computer alignment machine was acquired. Immediately after graduation, he married his wife Suzanne.
 
Riverside was now in the gasoline, tire, and automotive business. In 1982 Bill and Suzanne bought out the ownership of his mother Gladys and his three sisters. In 1983, the first four of fourteen service bays were constructed. Within six years it was determined that the tire and auto service business was growing at a pace that eventually require the whole property, so steps were taken to leave the restaurant and gasoline business.
 
As of today, a fourth generation of Sodolaks, Angela and Christopher, have both graduated from Texas A&M University and joined their parents working at Riverside Tire Center on a full-time basis. As usual, changes are still being made. The company entered into the billboard business in 1995.

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Our Hours

Current Time is: 07:00
Adjusted Time is: 07:00

STORE HOURS

Mon.
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tue.
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wed.
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thu.
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Fri.
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sat.
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sun.
CLOSED

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