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Meineke Car Care Center Puts Its Foot On The Gas With Incentive Programs To Drive Expansion »

March 25, 2015 at 12:06PM PDT | Source: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers Opportunities Available

Top-rated Auto Repair Franchise Continues Development in Thriving Automotive Aftermarket
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - March 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The automotive aftermarket is projected to top more than $722 billion by the year 2020, according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. Meineke Car Care Center, the nearly 1,000-unit, top-rated aftermarket auto franchise, is poised for paralleled growth as consumers place a greater focus on preventive maintenance and entrepreneurs seek franchising opportunities within the industry.
While opening new centers is critical to the company’s goal of significantly growing the brand, Meineke aims to continuously help its partners improve their top and bottom line performance to sustain a successful franchise system...

Meineke Shares The Top Five Reasons Oil Changes Save Vehicles »

March 18, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers Opportunities Available

Total Car Care Experts Offer the Most Important Reasons to Routinely Change a Vehicle's Oil
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - March 18, 2015) - Engines are made up of many moving parts, and those parts need to be properly lubricated to avoid damage. Oil in the engine provides this vital function. Over time, that oil breaks down and becomes contaminated with dust, dirt and debris from the engine as well as the environment. When that happens, oil can't properly do its job. A recent study by the Car Care Council of the Be Car Care Aware campaign stated that 22% of vehicles have low or dirty engine oil. Proactively changing a vehicles' oil and filter will help the engine continue to work at its best and prevent costly repairs to drivers down the road...

Sixt Records 2014 As Most Successful Business Year In Corporate History – Dividend Payout To Increase By Around 20% »

March 18, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Sixt


Consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) climb 14.1% to record figure of EUR 157.0 million
Consolidated operating revenue gains 9.3% with growth across the board
Foreign business grows once again very dynamically with an 18.0% increase in rental revenues
Managing Board to propose a dividend of EUR 1.20 per ordinary share and EUR 1.22 per preference share to the Annual General Meeting for fiscal year 2014

March 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // Pullach – The Sixt Group records 2014 as the most successful fiscal year in its corporate history. Revenues and earnings exceeded the original expectations of the Managing Board and reached best-ever figures. The international mobility service provider's consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) rose 14...

Long-time Insurance Agent Assumes Ownership Of Brightway, Lake Worth Agency »

March 17, 2015 at 6:30AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Agency Owner Retires; a Lifelong Dream is Fulfilled
March 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Dreams do come true. They did for insurance agent Wendi Seelin, as Jeff Dombeck, the former owner of the Brightway, Lake Worth, Florida office retires and she purchases the agency from him.
Seelin first became an independent agent in 1983.In 2011, she joined Brightway, Lake Worth as a producer and has been a top performer in the agency. When Dombeck shared that he wanted to retire, Seelin saw her next move - agency owner.
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country.
“I am thrilled to help Jeff find his dreams in retirement, and I’m delighted to realize one of my dreams as I become a Brightway agency owner,” Seelin said...

AAMCO Opens AAMCO University Training Center To Positive Reviews From Its Franchise Community »

March 17, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

Inaugural class embarks on comprehensive training courses in first week since opening.
HORSHAM, Pa. - March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - On Saturday, February 21, 2015 AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, celebrated the opening of AAMCO University, their state-of-the-art training facility in Newnan, Georgia with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an all-day open house.
The event, attended by several local dignitaries and over 150 AAMCO franchisees, marked a 6-month endeavor that began in August 2014 at a groundbreaking ceremony and culminated in an emotional moment when Lt.Col.(Ret) Robert Ledee, accompanied by U.S. Marine Veteran and AAMCO franchisee, Frank Filacchione raised the American Flag, the Georgia State flag, and the AAMCO flag to commemorate the official opening of the facility...

MAACO® And Meineke® Announce Exclusive Customer Savings »

March 16, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

Leading Automotive Powerhouses Offer Affordable Car Care Solutions and Special Financing Options by Synchrony Financial
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - March 16, 2015) - MAACO Auto Painting and Collision Repair and Meineke Total Car Care Centers, both part of the Driven Brands family of automotive companies -- have teamed up with Synchrony Financial, a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail heritage, to extend exclusive consumer savings this spring. The entrance of warm weather, pending spring vacations and weather weary vehicles all bring about the need for a little extra TLC. Committed to taking care of cars under and over the hood for more than 40 years, MAACO and Meineke are pleased to extend valuable customer savings this season as Americans prepare for spring and summer travel...

Pop-A-Lock - The Nation's Largest Locksmith Network - Recognized On The Franchise Grade® Top 500 List »

March 16, 2015 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: Pop A Lock

LAFAYETTE, La. - March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire - Pop-A-Lock, the nation's largest full service locksmith network, has garnered prestigious recognition in 2015 due to the company's commitment to providing their customers with quick and professional services at competitive rates. Proof of the company's impressive recognition came from The Franchise Grade®'s Top 500 List, an assessment which recognizes the best and most comprehensive ranking of franchises throughout the world.
Pop-A-Lock was awarded the #31 position out of 500 franchises listed. All 2,419 franchise systems were judged by the same criteria using the exclusive Franchise Performance Index™ (FPI) data analysis tool to determine the relative grade of each system and its ranking in our Franchise Grade® Top 500 index...

Newest Brightway Agency Owner’s Unique Background Sets Her Up For Success »

March 12, 2015 at 8:46AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Nikki Hawkins opening newest Jacksonville-area Brightway Agency March 16
March 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Nikki Hawkins will combine her years of insurance company claims handling and her insurance legal expertise as she serves the insurance needs of her Jacksonville and Orange Park neighbors at her new Brightway agency. Located at 1560 Wells Road, Suite 2, the office will be open and ready to sell peace of mind on Monday, March 16.
Brightway, The Hawkins Agency brings the number of Brightway agencies serving consumers in Northeast Florida to 28.
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, serving the insurance needs of about 300,000 clients...

Sixt And MIAT Mongolian Airlines Launch International Partnership »

March 06, 2015 at 9:14AM PST | Source: Sixt

Cooperation opens the door to special benefits for customers of both companies.
March 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // Munich / Ulaanbaatar - Sixt, international provider of high-quality mobility services, with its presence in Mongolia launches a comprehensive worldwide partnership with MIAT Mongolian Airlines, the national carrier of Mongolia. The partnership will create special benefits of bonus miles and savings to loyalty members of both innovative companies. Sixt is the first international car rental company in Mongolia and exclusive partner of MIAT Mongolian Airline. Mongolia is partner country of this year´s ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse) Berlin, the world´s largest tourism trade fair.
The cooperation of Sixt and MIAT Mongolian Airlines allows customers significant advantages in their travels on land and in the air: Members of the MIAT-Bonus program Blue Sky Mongolia can earn with each car rental with Sixt 500 Blue Sky Mongolia Miles, they later on valuable rewards can use or further travel...

Brightway Opens First Agency In Delaware »

March 05, 2015 at 6:43AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

March 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Brightway Insurance Agency Owner Robert Ware opened the company’s first insurance agency in Delaware on February 23. The office, located at 3301 Lancaster Pike, Suite 5B in Wilmington, is managed by Designated Agency Principal Christen Maroulis.
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country. The company now has 115 stores in nine states.
Maroulis was born and raised in Baltimore and earned her bachelor’s degree from Towson University. Prior to running the Wilmington Brightway office, she served as the General Manager of Merry Maids in Towson and Dover...

Sixt Extends Its Network Across North Africa »

March 04, 2015 at 12:06PM PST | Source: Sixt

Stations launched in Senegal with powerful franchise partners; Comprehensive range at airport and city centre of Dakar.
March 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // Munich / Dakar – Sixt is building on its presence in North Africa. The international mobility service provider is now offering its high-quality services in Senegal. This means Sixt is extending its network of stations across North Africa, which includes countries like Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Morocco. Sixt works in this region together with experienced and capable franchisees.
Senegal is an important tourist market in North Africa, and increasingly significant to business travellers as well. Sixt will begin with stations in the capital, Dakar, both in the city centre and at Dakar International Airport...

NOVUS Glass Raises $1000 For Feed Spokane »

March 04, 2015 at 4:55AM PST | Source: NOVUS Glass

March 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // NOVUS Franchisee Matt Anderson of Spokane Valley, WA raised $1000 for Feed Spokane by running his Golf Glass Break Fundraiser at the Spokane Golf and Travel Show February, 13-15th at the Spokane Convention Center. Feed Spokane is a local non-profit food rescue agency that works to eliminate both waste and hunger in our community.
The Glass Break Challenge, co-sponsored by Arby’s of Spokane, is set up much like the popular TV show “The Big Break” on the Golf Channel. Participants gave a donation for three chances to hit a golf ball through a pane of glass about 20 yards away. “The Glass Break Challenge gets peoples’ fun and competitive juices flowing while giving them the thrill of striking a glass target,” said Anderson...

Paula Rhoden And Jonathan Zahler Become Newest Brightway Insurance Agency Owners In Jacksonville »

March 03, 2015 at 11:39AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – When Paula Rhoden was looking for her next career opportunity, she knew she wanted to be her own boss and she wanted to help fellow Jacksonville citizens. Owning a Brightway Insurance agency gives her that opportunity.
She and co-owner Jonathan Zahler opened the newest Brightway store at 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 118 on Feb. 23.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country.
Rhoden began her career in Jacksonville with MediaOne in 1997, currently known as Comcast, where she served as a project coordinator, senior administrator and strategic business partner on the executive team...

Christian Brothers Auto Repair Franchise To Open 20 Stores In 2015 »

March 02, 2015 at 7:40AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Auto Repair Franchise Starts 2015 With 135 Locations Nationwide and Has Never Closed One
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - Christian Brothers Automotive plans to open 20 locations in 2015 -- continuing the strong growth that has earned the auto repair franchise recognition from both Entrepreneur magazine and Franchise Business Review.
Christian Brothers is a highly rated, faith-based auto repair franchise with a unique financial model. The auto repair franchise company assumes a majority of the startup risk by purchasing land and constructing "built-to-suit" buildings, which the franchisee then manages. We don't charge a franchisee based on top-line revenues like virtually every other franchisor, but on a share of the profits, which is calculated after expenses...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Closes On Fourth Acquisition In Four Weeks »

March 02, 2015 at 4:35AM PST | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS - February 27, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it acquired Crash1 Off Alpine Collision Center in Rockford, Illinois. Today's transaction is ABRA's fourth deal in three different states in less than a month.
The move signals the company is hitting its growth stride as it executes an aggressive national growth strategy to dramatically increase its national footprint. In less than a year, ABRA's repair center portfolio in Illinois has grown to 32 centers and its nationwide footprint now stands at 266 in 20 states.
Duane Rouse, ABRA's President and Chief Executive Officer, is pleased with the company's performance and progress while it continues to develop its acquisition road map...

Pop-A-Lock Canada Offers New Online Key Duplication Service »

February 24, 2015 at 8:49AM PST | Source: Pop A Lock

TORONTO - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pop-A-Lock Canada, part of North America's largest system of locksmiths, has just announced its new online store for making duplicate car keys and auto remotes. Whether vehicle owners want an extra key for "key insurance," or if they have lost their only copy and need a replacement one right away, the new store will make it easier for vehicle owners to obtain the keys they need.
With the recent trend towards online commerce, it is becoming more essential for businesses to provide a platform for customers to take care of their purchasing needs online. Pop-A-Lock recognizes this demand, and its expansion into the world of online key duplication is one way that it can help meet customer needs more efficiently...

Don't Mess With Texas, Or Sixt: Sixt Rent A Car Opens New Branch At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport »

February 24, 2015 at 6:23AM PST | Source: Sixt

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt SE and its U.S. Operating Unit (Sixt rent a car USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch inside the DFW Airport Rental Car Center (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/dallas/dallas-fort-worth-airport). Opening at DFW is a logical next step in the expansion of the Sixt US airport network. The new branch at DFW is the second Sixt location to open in Texas, preceded by a franchise branch in Austin (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/austin/austin-35th-street).
"We are thrilled to open a new branch inside the DFW Rental Car Center, where we will offer travelers access to our fleet of premium vehicles like Audi, BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz," said Craig Olson, Executive Vice President of North America Franchise Development for Sixt...

1-800 Radiator & A/C Hits The JACKPOT At The 10th Annual Franchise Conference With This Year's Keynote Speaker »

February 19, 2015 at 10:22AM PST | Source: 1-800 RADIATOR

LAS VEGAS, NV - (Marketwired - Feb 19, 2015) - Marcus Lemonis will be on hand at this year's convention in Las Vegas to be held April 24-25, 2015.
Marcus is known as the "business turnaround king" and host of CNBC's prime time reality series, The Profit. He serves as chairman and CEO of Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer.
Marcus Lemonis is regarded as one of the top executives in the country with a proven track record of overcoming adversities in business and turning them into success stories. Marcus will share his "3P" principle with the 1-800 Radiator & A/C network, "People/Process/Product." This principle focuses on finding the right people, how to create, deliver, and sell with a process that is both excellent and relevant...

Brightway Insurance Grows Customer Service And Business Analytics Teams »

February 18, 2015 at 5:17AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Adds Depth to Areas Key to Franchisee Growth
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) February 17, 2015 - Shelonda Prince and David Skinner have joined the Brightway Insurance team in Jacksonville as Customer Service Manager and Business Analytics Project Manager, respectively, the company announced.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through franchised locations. Key differentiators in the Brightway system are the service provided after the sale by its Service Center, and reports provided by its Business Analytics team that helps each franchisee better understand key metrics and develop plans to grow their agencies as quickly as possible.
Prince brings with her over 15 years of Operations leadership, most recently at NGA Human Resources, where she was responsible for 10 clients...

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Now In La Mesa CA »

February 17, 2015 at 7:09AM PST | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Valvoline Instant Oil Change, home of the 15 minute drive thru oil change, has opened a new location in La Mesa, CA.
La Mesa, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2015 - Valvoline Instant Oil Change, home of the 15 minute drive thru oil change, has opened a new location in La Mesa, CA. The rapidly expanding franchise will be bringing jobs to the community. Valvoline Instant Oil Change, located at 7981 El Cajon Blvd next to El Pollo Loco, has equipped the building with a full facelift, new signage, cutting edge tools, and a well-trained team of technicians offering superior service.
The La Mesa location is the 73rd site to open in Southern California in the past three years. Valvoline Instant Oil Change service offering includes, but is certainly not limited to, oil changes, tire rotations, transmission services, and radiator services...



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