EARLY — There is landscaping to be finished, but Early’s newest business, Discount Tire, opened last week, revealing a clean and spacious store at the corner of Early Boulevard and Parkview, next to the Taco Casa restaurant.
    The store sells tires and wheels and offers services that include tire rotation and balancing, and, at no charge, flat repairs. Discount Tire will stock more than 5,000 units, manager L.C. Bloomer said.
    The store, with nine employees and several more expected to be hired, opened Friday afternoon and will have a grand opening in May, Bloomer said.
    Bloomer has been with Discount Tire for eight years, working for the company in the Midland-Odessa area, and most recently, in Lubbock. Bloomer said he seized an opportunity offered by Discount Tire and relocated to Early with his wife, Kira, and two daughters, ages 3 and 7 months.
    The Bloomers are buying a home in a community they’ve found welcoming. “This is a great place,” Bloomer said.