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Franchise Players: From Technician to 'All In' as a Car Care Franchisee

Franchise Players: From Technician to 'All In' as a Car Care Franchisee | Business & Finance | Scoop.it
When Pete Robinson started as an apprentice technician at a little auto shop, he had no idea he'd some day end up owning his own Meineke Car Center.
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Interesting interview with Meineke Car Care Center franchise owner, Pete Robinson, in Denver, NC. 

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MEINEKE CANADA Acquires 12 CAA Car Care Centers in Ontario

MEINEKE CANADA Acquires 12 CAA Car Care Centers in Ontario | Business & Finance | Scoop.it
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.— February 4, 2014 —Meineke Canada, part of the Driven Brands family of automotive companies, today announced that it has purchased 12 CAA Car Care Centers formerly owned and operated by CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO). The acquisition will allow Meineke to expand its presence in Canada as well as benefit from the best practices and technical expertise of the CAA brand. Three of these newly acquired locations will be owned and operated by Meineke Car Care Centre franchisee (http://www.meinekefranchise.com/) and hockey great Wendel Clark. Opening his first Meineke Car Care Centre in 2013, Clark and his partners guided the location to the honor of “Garage of the Year” as deemed by Service Station Garage Management (SSGM) in the same year. Two separate Meineke franchisees will purchase the remaining nine centers.

 

“At Meineke, we are committed to growing our presence through acquisitions of other brands or independents that can accelerate our exposure and growth,” said Duane Arbeau, vice president and general manager, Meineke Canada. “In addition to keen industry insights across Ontario, CAA has an excellent reputation and provides the type of quality customer service we value. We are excited about this addition to the Meineke family and are confident this acquisition will result in a win-win for both customers and our brand alike.”

 

“We would like to thank our Car Care customers for their support and patronage over the years,” said Cindy Hillaby, Vice-President of Membership and Automotive Services, CAA SCO. “We are confident Meineke will continue to offer the same level of service our customers have come to expect.”

 

Throughout the next few months, Meineke will work to integrate CAA SCO and the existing Meineke locations in Ontario. Upon completion of these efforts, Meineke will have a total of 50 Centers in Canada. 

 

“We look forward to expanding our trademark expertise in car care and maintenance in Canada and we’re excited about all of the ways this growth will allow us to help our customers Drive a little smarter,” adds Arbeau.

 

Meineke Car Care Centers have been providing automotive services since 1972 and in Canada since 1981. To locate a center near you, visit www.meineke.ca.

 

About Meineke
Founded in 1972 Meineke Car Care Centers has expanded its menu of product offerings to meet the demands of a changing marketplace. Steady growth both nationally and globally with locations in Canada, Mexico, South Korea, the Mid-East, China has seen new openings in the Caribbean and Chile. The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers recognized Meineke in 2001 as its first automotive industry Franchisor to earn the coveted Fair Franchising Seal. For more information, please visit the company’s website http://www.meineke.com

 

About CAA South Central Ontario

CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering roadside services, automotive care, travel and insurance. There are more than 1.9 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and over 5.9 million members in Canada. For more information, visit www.caasco.com.

 

About Driven Brands
The Driven Brands family of automotive companies (www.drivenbrands.com) headquartered in Charlotte, NC, serves as parent company for the separate businesses: MAACO® North America’s Body Shop; Meineke Car Care Centers®; Econo Lube ‘N Tune; AutoQual®, Aero-Colours® and Drive N Style®. 

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Meineke Franchisee Acquires 12 Stores In Northwest Washington: aftermarket News

Meineke Franchisee Acquires 12 Stores In Northwest Washington With this acquisition, franchisee Randy DuBois now ranks among the largest Meineke franchisees in the country.
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Business Opportunity for Veterans - Why Franchises are a Great Option

Business Opportunity for Veterans - Why Franchises are a Great Option | Business & Finance | Scoop.it

“The military gives you a lot of great tools to be successful; that is following process, doing it in a regimented way and having the discipline to carry it out,” said Dennis Thompson, chief operating officer for Jan-Pro Franchising International Inc., a commercial cleaning franchise company based in Alpharetta, Ga. “Military people are excellent candidates for franchising.”

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For Veterans who have always dreamed of becoming business owners, buying a franchise might be a tempting next step. Many of the same skills and character traits that they develop in a military career prepare them well to run a profitable franchise.

 

“The military gives you a lot of great tools to be successful; that is following process, doing it in a regimented way and having the discipline to carry it out,” said Dennis Thompson, chief operating officer for Jan-Pro Franchising International Inc., a commercial cleaning franchise company based in Alpharetta, Ga. “Military people are excellent candidates for franchising.”

 

From 2011 to 2012, as a result of Operation Enduring Opportunity, a campaign of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran Strategic Initiative, 4,314 veterans joined the 70,000 veterans who already owned a franchise, and franchises have hired a fifth of the nearly 300,000 veterans who have left the military since November 2011, according to the IFA.

 

IFA’s site, VetFran.com, lists opportunities and deals for veterans interested in franchising (UPS, for instance, has offered veterans discounts on some of its fees), as well as a Franchising 101 online course and a mentor network.

 

When you start a franchise, you receive the right to operate a business under a brand name in a designated market, as well as access to training, marketing systems and other road-tested business methods. You agree to certain rules for running the business, and you may also be taking on liability for responsibilities such as past-due royalties and advertising fees for your franchise. That’s why it’s important to completely understand what you’re getting into.

“You have to do your research; you have to do your due diligence. Talk to existing and previous franchisees,” advised IFA Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Caldeira. “You need to understand the brand that you may be potentially investing in and what the work is going to entail.”

No matter the franchise concept, working long hours and making little money is part of the deal at first. However, the amount of financial commitment and type of business will vary dramatically.

“There’s a big difference in driving a mobile food truck and running a Marriott hotel, and there’s a lot of franchises in between,” Caldeira said. “The key, like anything else, is you’ve got to surround yourself with good people that are committed to the brand, committed to growth.

That’s how businesses are successful.” When Thomas Perez left the Navy after 10 years, he spent a year interviewing for law enforcement jobs before deciding to buy a Meineke Car Care Center franchise in Pensacola, Fla. After all, whenever he was deployed, his wife had been overcharged every time she took the family car in for service. “I figured if there was one decent auto repair shop, it would make money,” said Perez, 33, who has three children.

Meineke financed the entire franchise price at a better rate than independent lenders, and flew him to headquarters for six weeks of training. Perez raised $10,000 in seed capital through Boost a Hero, a crowd funding organization that helps veterans start franchises, and within a few months he was making enough to pay himself a salary of $2,000 a week.

“You go into opening a business expecting not to make a dime the first year,” he said, noting that he worked 12- to 15-hour days the entire first year. “That first step is very scary, to put everything you own on the line.” Franchises and other independent businesses can be a perfect avenue for female veterans who want to find their place in the civilian workplace, said Janell Farnsworth, an Army National Guard captain in her 20th year of service who owns an Everett, Wash., store that sells gluten-free products.

“One person told me that one of my faults was that I demanded results from my work,” she said. When she was considering starting a business later, that comment came to mind, “and I thought I’d be perfect to run a business. But a lot of women wouldn’t turn it around that way.”

People pick up more assets and skills in the military than they realize, she said. “You can identify them and make the best of them. I had skills no one had acknowledged. Once I did, I was able to capitalize on them.”

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Meineke Car Center Aims to Double Number of Units Over Next Five Years

Meineke Car Center Aims to Double Number of Units Over Next Five Years | Business & Finance | Scoop.it
Join the auto repair franchise that is leading the nation. A great name and proven business model make Meineke a lucrative automotive franchise opportunity
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