You can get your Amazon tires installed at Sears in Tampa Bay

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xterior photo of the Sears department store at University Square Mall. The Sears is closing by November but its auto center will remain open. 
[LUIS SANTANA | Times]
E xterior photo of the Sears department store at University Square Mall. The Sears is closing by November but its auto center will remain open. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Published September 4 2018
Updated September 4 2018

TAMPA — Amazon shoppers who buy tires online will now be able to get them installed at one of Tampa’s three remaining Sears auto centers.

Amazon and Sears announced the partnership in May, but only unrolled it in eight metro areas, not including Tampa. Now, the service is available at the roughly 400 auto centers Sears still operates across the country.

"The response from Amazon customers around this program has been extremely positive," said Mike McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Sears Automotive, in a statement. "Our competitive bundled price for tire installation, which includes the installation of the tire, wheel balancing, valve stem or tire pressure monitor rebuild kit and the tire disposal fee is resonating with these customers."

Previous coverage: Sears at Tampa’s University Mall among 46 stores closing

In Tampa Bay, that means shoppers can have tires shipped to the auto center at Tampa’s Westshore Plaza and University Mall or the Brandon Town Center.

On Tuesday, Amazon’s website showed that each local Sears location would install tires at about $19 each. The same deal was applied at participating Pep Boy locations, which also accept Amazon-shipped tires.

Last week, Sears Holdings announced it would be closing 46 more stores. That included the Sears at University Mall which will close this fall. The auto center there, however, will remain open.

Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com. Follow @sara_dinatale.

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