Long-Time Driven Brands Franchise Partner Opens New Maaco Location in Tupelo, MS
February 27, 2020 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE - Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, announced the opening of a new ground-up Maaco Collision and Auto Painting center in Tupelo, MS, owned by franchisees Tony Knight and Kenneth Greer.
Knight, who is the operational partner, worked 12 years at a car dealership in sales, finance and management before he decided in 2004 to become an independent business owner and open his first Meineke Car Care Center. Knight expanded his portfolio, adding four more Meineke centers in the Memphis area. By 2018, Knight was ready for a new challenge, so he and Greer began building their first Maaco center in Tupelo. Knight knew Maaco was the right choice for him, as both Maaco and Meineke are part of the Driven Brands family of automotive aftermarket brands.
“After 15 years with Driven Brands, I was very happy with the people, the structure and how they performed as a franchisor,” said Knight. “Even so, we still researched other brands before making our decision, and found Maaco to be the best opportunity and best fit. One of the things that set them apart is the training they provide new franchisees. The Maaco Operations team was on site for three weeks, supporting me and my technicians, to ensure we produce the highest quality repairs for our customers and exceed their expectations. Not every business that we researched provides that level of training for their franchisees.”
When asked what advice he has for someone looking to become an independent business owner, Knight had this to offer.
“It may seem daunting to step out there alone as a business owner, however when you become a franchisee, and you select a good company that provides the type of support that Maaco does, you are not on your own,” said Knight. “You have the operational support, marketing support, and many years of experience on your side.”
Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, a member of the Driven Brands™ portfolio, is America’s #1 Bodyshop. Maaco provides automotive paint and cosmetic repair services for nearly 500,000 drivers annually. With more than 500 independently owned and operated franchises across the United States and Canada, Maaco has restored the safety and appearance of more than 20 million vehicles over 47 years. Maaco has been named a top automotive franchise numerous times by Entrepreneur Magazine in its Annual Franchise 500 ranking. In addition to other honors, Maaco has been included on Franchise Times’ list of Top 200 franchises. For more information about Maaco, visit www.Maaco.com.
About Driven Brands
Driven Brands™, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the parent company of some of North America’s leading automotive aftermarket brands including Take 5 Oil Change®, Meineke Car Care Centers®, Automotive Training Institute™, Maaco®, CARSTAR®, ABRA®, Uniban™, 1-800-Radiator & A/C®, and PH Vitres d’Autos™. Driven Brands has over 3,100 centers across the United States and Canada, and combined, all businesses generate more than $3.1 billion in system sales and service approximately 9 million vehicles annually. For more information, visit drivenbrands.com.
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