August 22, 2008 // Franchising.com // - (DALLAS) – Interstate Batteries Franchise and Development, the franchisor of Interstate All Battery Center (IABC), announces it has hired retail veteran Jim Eades as Director of Franchise Operations as the company continues its rapid growth phase.
Eades was tapped for his extensive experience in multi-unit operations, including stints at Office Depot, May Department Stores and most recently at Ross Stores, where he served as a regional vice president overseeing 260+ stores and opening 105 new stores. At IABC, he is responsible for the operations of franchised and company-owned IABC stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
"IABC is growing rapidly through franchise development and Jim's responsibilities will continue to increase as new stores continually open," said Interstate Batteries Franchise and Development President Mickey Elam. "We feel confident Jim's proven multi-unit store experience is a great match for our planned strategic growth of more than 300 stores by 2012."
Analysts project the burgeoning retail battery category will reach $50 billion by 2010. IABC, recognized by Franchise Business Review in its annual Top 50 list of leading franchisor brands, is poised to lead the way, with each month marking new store openings and 30 franchise signings since January 2008.
"I joined the IABC team to deliver value to the Interstate enterprise and further the company's deep commitment to franchise owners," said Eades. "I'm dedicated to continuing the improvement of a successful system that's already well-established."
Founded in 1952 and based in Dallas, Interstate Batteries is a privately held group of corporations, which includes a company with 305 distributors that service more than 200,000 dealers throughout the United States, Canada and select international locations. Interstate is the top-selling replacement automotive brand battery in North America, selling more than 15 million units annually. Interstate All Battery Centers currently has more than 108 stores in 35 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Customers can visit allbatteryfranchise.com to find the nearest All Battery Center.