Who We Are

History Behind the Business & the Name

Shorty’s Bear Safety Service, Inc. was opened in 1960 by James H. Bryant (Shorty) and Eugenia Bryant at the current location of 2801 S. Osage in Amarillo, Texas.

The name ‘Shorty’s Bear Safety Service Inc.’ came from a combination of the owner’s nickname “Shorty” and Bear, who was the leader in alignment equipment when the business was opened in 1960. At the time, if you used Bear equipment, Bear allowed automotive shop owners to use their logo to allow for nationwide recognition, especially in regards to travelers. In many small towns, you will see shops with a bear logo either called ‘Safety Lanes’ or ‘Safety Service’.

  • Originally Shorty’s was a front end and suspension specialty shop when it opened in 1960.
  • Shorty passed away August 20, 1965 at which time his wife Eugenia leased out the building and business until December 1980.
  • The current owners, Shorty’s sons, James & Danny Bryant resumed control of the business in January 1981.
  • In 1986, Shorty’s Bear Safety Service expanded to a full service repair shop, tune-up drivability etc.
  • In 1995, a 6,000 sq ft building was added onto the original building.
  • In 2003, Shorty’s Bear Safety Service, Inc. placed third for ‘Best Auto Repair’ in the Amarillo Globe News, Best of Amarillo.
  • Shorty’s is a member of the Better Business Bureau and has been nominated for the BBB Torch Awards.

Owners: James & Danny Bryant
Service writers: Ron Prichard and William Cox
10% Discounts for company vehicles
FREE Pickup and delivery of vehicles (Vehicle must be drivable)
Open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
We accept fleet and all credit cards

Please contact Danny Bryant at 806-372-2126 if you have any further questions.
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