BENICIA, Calif., March 13 // PRNewswire // -- 1-800-Radiator, an auto-parts distribution franchise and the largest independent auto parts distributor in the nation, today announced its second purchase in a week of an automotive cooling parts business with the acquisition of AAA Radiator Warehouse, in San Diego, CA. Earlier this week 1-800-Radiator announced the purchase of New York's two Tri-US Radiator locations.
"Our business is in growth mode," said Mike Rippey CEO of 1-800-Radiator. "We are expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. With the purchase of AAA Radiator and the Tri-US locations in New York, we strengthen our presence on both the east and west coasts."
For the past 29 years, AAA Radiator Warehouse was a family-owned and operated company with both retail and wholesale divisions. The retail side, Radiator Stores, Inc., and the wholesale side, AAA Radiator Warehouse had several locations throughout Southern California. At the time of sale, the company had 22 employees, many of which are being retained by 1-800-Radiator.
"1-800-Radiator franchises are a new way of doing business and are a departure from the big box large distribution service. By having owner-operators servicing targeted geographical areas, customers get a high level of personalized service," said AAA Radiator Warehouse's owner, Blair Laframboise.
Entrepreneur magazine recently named 1-800-Radiator as the 37th fastest-growing franchise in the nation in their Annual Franchise 500(R) rankings for 2008.
1-800-Radiator sells radiators, condensers, fan assemblies, gas tanks, heating cores, and other new automotive parts. In preparation for the summer months, many of 1-800-Radiator's franchise locations have started selling air conditioning parts. In almost all cases, the company provides same day delivery to customers at their businesses or homes within a few hours.
1-800-Radiator is an auto parts distribution franchise and the largest independent parts distributor in the nation with 210 locations in the US and Canada. The 1-800-Radiator business model provides retail and wholesale customers with radiators delivered to their doorstep in a matter of hours at competitive pricing. To their franchisees, 1-800-Radiator provides state-of-the-art software technology, along with 24-7 support. http://www.1800radiator.com.