Crews are working to prepare the lot at Messanie Street and the South Belt Highway for a new RNR Tire Express. The business is expected to be open by January 2019.

Crews are busy with dirt work near a busy intersection in St. Joseph preparing for a new business.

RNR Tire Express is building a new location at Messanie Street and South Belt Highway. The Florida-based company is a national franchise retailer of tires and custom wheels. The company has more than 100 locations in 22 states. The closest location currently is in Gladstone, Missouri.

Besides tires and wheels, RNR offers alignments, brake caliper painting, flat tire repair, wheel and tire installation, nitrogen tire inflation, wheel balancing, and tire rotation.

Howard Barton Jr., is the owner of the property at 519 S. Belt Highway that was once occupied by a small Subway restaurant. The sandwich shop closed at that corner several years ago and the building was torn down.

Barton said he expects his new store to be open by January 2019. The $627,000 project was recently approved by the city.

No further details on the project were available.

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