Model Tire Store will close in March

Model Tire Store will close in March

Downtown Durango business dates to 1925
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Pete Bukovec bought the Model Tire Store on Main Avenue in the 1930s, and it has been in the family since. Pete’s daughter-in-law, Edith Bukovec, 77, has managed the business since 2009 and plans to close it in March.
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Edith Bukovec, owner of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue, has done everything from recapping tires to keeping the books. The business she owns with her husband, Richard, will close in March.
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Model Tire Store on Main Avenue used to own some of the largest tow trucks in town. The store will close in March.
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Pete Bukovec, left, passed on Model Tire to his son, Richard Bukovec. Pete bought the store in the 1930s.
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Pete Bukovec holds his son, Richard, at Model Tire Store.
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In addition to running the Model Tire Store on Main Avenue, Edith Bukovec worked as a service representative at the Mountain Bell Telephone Co., which became U.S. West.
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Edith Bukovec, owner of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue, has done everything from recapping tires to keeping the books. The business she owns with her husband, Richard, will be closing in March. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Edith Bukovec recounts stories from years of business at Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. The store has been in the family for decades. The business, which she owns with her husband, Richard, will be closing in March. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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A few tires remain at Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. The business will be closing in March. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Antique tools at Model Tire Store on Main Avenue have been collected. The business will be closing in March. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Edith Bukovec owner of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue has done everything from recapping tires to keeping the books. The business, which she owns with her husband, Richard, will be closing in March. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Edith Bukovec recounts stories of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. The shop has been in the family for decades. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Edith Bukovec recounts stories of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. The shop has been in the family for decades. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Antique tools at Model Tire Store on Main Avenue Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Edith Bukovec shows photos and tells stories of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. The business, which she owns with her husband, Richard, will be closing in March. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Antique tools at Model Tire Store on Main Avenue have been collected and kept for decades. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Edith Bukovec shows photos and tells stories of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Edith Bukovec shows photos and tells stories of her years running Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. The business will be closing in March. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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Courtesy of Edith Bukovec
Model Tire Store on Main Avenue used to own some of the largest tow trucks in town. The store will close in March.
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Courtesy of Edith Bukovec
Pete Bukovec holds his son, Richard, at Model Tire Store.
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Courtesy of Edith Bukovec
Model Tire Store on Main Avenue used to own some of the largest tow trucks in town. The store will close in March.
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