Carstar Growing Stronger In Alberta With Two New Locations

July 08, 2008 // Franchising.com // Hamilton, Ontario – CARSTAR Automotive Canada is pleased to announce two new franchises in Alberta. The addition of these two locations increases CARSTAR's presence in the province, to a total of 12 locations. Capital CARSTAR Collision in Edmonton and Wrinkles CARSTAR Collision in High River are part of a network of over 125 CARSTAR locations across the country. Both are dedicated to providing the highest quality service and customer care in the collision repair industry.

The owners of the new locations, John Kloeckes (Capital CARSTAR Collision) and Mark Kharfan and Brian Grover (Wrinkles CARSTAR Collision), have been a part of the CARSTAR family since 1999, each with one other location.

"When I joined CARSTAR in 1999, it was because I wanted to see my business grow," said Kloeckes. "I've experienced significant success since then, so when the opportunity for a second CARSTAR location became available, it was an easy decision."

Kharfan and Grover look forward to growing their business in High River with the new facility. It is conveniently located on the outskirts of Calgary.

"We've seen how being a part of the CARSTAR network can benefit us and the community," said Kharfan. "Calgary has been growing at such a rapid pace that it makes sense to have another reliable, quality and customer-focused location in the area."

Capital CARSTAR is a 6,000 square foot facility located in South Edmonton and was previously known as Capital Auto Body. It was acquired from the Dystra family who served the Edmonton area for more than 50 years. Kloekes and his management team, James and Lisa Murphy, are committed to continuing the tradition of outstanding service and quality that the previous owners provided.

CARSTAR has built a reputation across Canada for superior quality and high levels of customer satisfaction. It is estimated that only the top five per cent of collision repair centres in Canada would even qualify for a CARSTAR franchise.

"It's a pleasure to welcome two more locations to Alberta. The province's population is growing, so we felt it was important to expand our network in this area," said Larry Jefferies, Executive VP, CARSTAR Automotive Canada Inc. "We're confident that these experienced owners will achieve great success with their second locations."

These locations will be supported by CARSTAR Corporate's newly appointed Regional Director for the Western Region, Lloyd Wheeler and Market Development Manager in Alberta, Aaron Nerenberg.

About CARSTAR Automotive Canada

CARSTAR is the only nationwide quality collision repair network in the country – and CARSTAR is the fastest growing automotive franchise in North America, with 300 locations. Founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1995, CARSTAR Automotive Canada has grown from eight to over 125 locations in just thirteen years. CARSTAR repairs approximately one in 20 vehicles in Canada – 6,000 vehicles per month – with high rates of customer satisfaction. For more information, please visit CARSTAR at www.carstar.ca

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