CINCINNATI, OH - (Marketwired - Feb 9, 2015) - Texas-based auto repair franchise Christian Brothers Automotive is expanding into Cincinnati with plans to open two locations in the next year. One location in Miami Township already has owners lined up, and a franchisee is being sought for a location in Highland Pointe.
It's part of an energetic national expansion for Christian Brothers Automotive, which has been named the top automotive franchise for four years in a row by Franchise Business Review, which tracks franchisee satisfaction. The 19-year-old franchise system has more than 130 locations nationwide, and it has never closed a location.
Doug and Jamie Beachy's store is expected to open in mid-2015 in Miami Township. The couple live in Loveland and learned about Christian Brothers while researching franchise opportunities.
"After I ran across the Christian Brothers website and viewed the company's mission statement and its ideals, and I talked to [Vice President] Josh Wall, I was drawn to the mission and the history of Christian Brothers," Doug Beachy said. "I like that it is firmly faith-based, that it has a commitment to integrity and a dedication to excellent service."
Find a Q&A with Doug Beachy on the Christian Brothers franchise blog.
In addition to Beachy's store, Christian Brothers also is building a location in Highland Pointe and is seeking a franchise partner for that location.
Wall, who serves as vice president of franchise development for the auto repair franchise, says that building locations before lining up franchisees has allowed Christian Brothers to secure prime real estate for stores, and also has allowed franchisees to get started more quickly, without having to wait through the entire acquisition and building process.
Christian Brothers covers most of the cost of building new facilities, which allows franchise candidates with as little as $50,000 in liquid capital to start the business. That level of affordability is unusual in the auto repair industry, and it's only one of the ways that the Christian Brothers franchise opportunity is different.
Christian Brothers does not charge a royalty based on revenue. Instead, it splits profits with franchisees and doesn't take a penny until the franchisee is making money. Anyone interested in the business model can study it in-depth at www.christianbrothersfranchise.com.
Other differences between Christian Brothers Automotive and other auto repair facilities are dramatic. The attractive, solid, brick buildings feature lobbies that feel more like living rooms than auto repair shops. Customers can relax in comfort while they wait for an oil change or a simple repair. If they don't want to wait, though, they don't have to. A courtesy shuttle is always available to take customers wherever they need to go, while certified technicians handle their auto needs.
The shuttle makes it simple for customers to drop their vehicles off for regular maintenance in the middle of the week. That's a nice difference, freeing customers' weekends from the hassle of auto repairs. The difference extends to Christian Brothers employees, too. Weekends off are a rare treat in the auto repair industry, and they're a perk that helps Christian Brothers attract exceptional mechanics who can diagnose problems and spot potential issues before they leave a customer stranded on the side of the road.
Customers have rewarded Christian Brothers for its service and expertise by giving it one of the highest customer-satisfaction and loyalty ratings in the industry. That loyalty has helped power sales growth for Christian Brothers franchise owners.
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Christian Brothers began 2015 with 135 locations nationwide, but its growth is unique - the auto repair franchise has not closed a single location since it began franchising in 1996.