July 17, 2012 // Franchising.com // Dyer, Ind. - The state’s first Express Oil Change & Service Center will open its doors at 1339 Joliet Street in Dyer on Sat., July 21. Munster resident Nancy Johnson will open the new automotive services business, which will service all of Northwest Indiana, with the help of her nephew Andy Deren and his wife Nicole Deren. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Dyer Chamber of Commerce is slated for Monday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Express Oil Change plans to open at least one new location per year in Indiana over the next several years.
After working in the local community at Munster Community Hospital for 31 years with her late husband, Johnson retired in 2011. Looking to start a fresh career path and find a new home, Johnson and her nephew came across Express Oil Change.
After researching the automotive services industry and Express Oil Change, Johnson and Deren realized the potential to develop this concept in Northwest Indiana. The centers offer a 10-minute, full-service, drive-through oil change that includes a 20-point courtesy vehicle inspection and fluid top-offs while the customer waits in his or her vehicle. A full-service mechanical department offers full-scope maintenance and repair services through Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified mechanics.
“I needed a change that would jump start my life,” Johnson said. “Express Oil Change was the perfect fit. There’s a lack of quality automotive service providers in Northwest Indiana, and we thought developing this concept as a woman-owned business would be an ideal fit for the area.”
Adding a sentimental touch to their future business, Johnson and the Derens decided to dedicate their first shop to two fondly remembered individuals: Johnson’s husband Howard Grady, who passed away in 2008, and Andy’s sister Rebecca Deren, a talented architect who passed away in March 2010.
The Dyer Express Oil Change center is not only the chain’s first store in Indiana, but also in the entire Midwest. Johnson plans to open 5 to 7 additional locations within the next 5 to 10 years. In 2012, Express Oil Change plans to add 15 new stores to the company’s 185 existing locations throughout the U.S. Long-term plans for growth call for a total of 250 locations nationwide in the next five years. Outside of Indiana, targeted areas for 2012 include the Carolinas, Texas, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and Ohio, in addition to other strategic areas across the Midwest.
Birmingham-based Express Oil Change & Service Center is a recognized leader in the quick-lube and automotive service industry and the largest independent quick-lube chain in the Southeast with both corporate and franchise-owned locations. Express Oil Change has more than 185 locations in 12 states, more than 100 of which are franchise-owned. For more information, visit www.expressoil.com or contact Don Larose at 888-945-1771.