The first grand opening was September 11, 1970 as White’s Home and Auto Store. The store carried appliances, auto parts, tires, batteries, hardware, sporting goods, lawnmowers and housewares. In other words, the store offered a little of everything. It served the needs of a small town, like Tomball, Texas.
D-S Lawn and Automotive began when Herman and Emily McClinton chose Tomball as the place to start their business and raise their family. Opened in September of 1970 as White’s Home and Auto Store, the McClinton’s enjoyed the growth of Tomball during the seventies.
The business was successful and grew with the addition of a 4000 square foot service shop in 1982, for automotive and lawnmower repair. During the mid-eighties the economy slowed down and the wholesale company, White’s Stores of Wichita Falls, went out of business. This caused the first name change when the McClinton’s decided to convert to a Western Auto Store in January of 1986.
With the changing retail environment of the eighties, Herman hired his son-in-law, Stephen Smith, as store manager to come in and make changes to the store’s merchandise assortment, increase sales and add services to an already well established business. Later in 1988, his son, David McClinton, joined with Stephen in the operation of the store. Together they have owned and operated the Western Auto Store since Herman retired in the early nineties. In the early 2000’s, the store took a new direction concentrating more on Lawn & Garden parts and service and Automotive repair.
In 2004, Western Auto corporate closed its operations. This is when David and Stephen decided to put their own names on the marquee, D-S Lawn & Automotive. As D-S Lawn and Automotive, we will continue to offer the same great service to our customers, just as the McClinton’s have done since 1970. We are proud to be from Tomball and operate our business in a small town environment. Even as the Tomball, Magnolia, Waller and The Woodlands areas continue to grow, we will always remember our small town roots and attitude of friendly customer service that brought us to where we are today. The name may have changed for a third time in thirty-five years, but we are still the same folks.
D-S Lawn and Automotive offers a complete automotive and light truck service departments, specializing in tire and battery installation, wheel alignment, brakes, shocks and suspension, air conditioning, cooling system and engine diagnostics. We also service and repair most brands of lawnmowers, power equipment, chainsaws, blowers and trimmers. Our parts department offers replacements parts for most brands.
Thank you Tomball area for over 53 years! We hope to continue serving you as D-S Lawn and Automotive for many years to come. Come see us and let us help you with your lawn and automotive needs.
Our customers mean everything to us. Whether you call in to make a purchase or come in to shop, we want you to feel that we are providing the best advice, service, and expertise possible.
Rely on D&S Lawn and Auto to be a partner in your equipment and service needs!