Meineke Car Care Centers Opens New Location With Multi-Store Meineke Franchise Owners In Farmers Branch, Texas
Entrepreneurs Ben Leffell and Colin Farrell Open Their Ninth Meineke Center in Texas
June 13, 2019 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE - Over the past decade, Meineke Car Care Centers has evolved into a technology driven brand, with a vision and growth strategy that attracts multi-store investors new to the automotive service industry. That vision and leadership appealed to Ben Leffell and Colin Farrell, who met while attending business school at Columbia University, where they spent time studying investment opportunities. Today, Leffell and Farrell own multiple Meineke Car Care Centers across the Lone Star State.
“Neither of us come from automotive backgrounds, but we identified an opportunity in automotive repair due to a number of attractive industry metrics, and through our due diligence we determined Meineke would be the best partner to execute our investment strategy,” said Farrell.
Leffell seconded the decision to invest in Meineke Car Care Centers.
“We chose Meineke because after a meeting with Meineke president Danny Rivera, we were encouraged by his vision and saw Meineke as a strong brand with potential for growth," said Leffell.
Leffell and Farrell formed Morningside Texas Holdings and acquired their first seven Meineke locations in March 2018. The Farmers Branch location is their ninth center, adding to locations in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Garland, Austin, Arlington, Lewisville, Pantego and Pflugerville, TX. They have plans to continue their growth through same store sales increases and expansion to new locations.
“Meineke is a data-driven brand,” said Leffell. “They collect data and use it to help owners enhance their business. That’s the kind of support multi-store owners need to be successful.”
“The Meineke corporate team is forward thinking, and we believe the brand is best positioned as the technology and complexity of vehicles increases," said Farrell.
Meineke is actively seeking single-unit and multi-unit franchise owners to expand the brand’s footprint. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Meineke, visit https://www.franchisewithmeineke.com.
Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc., is a division of Driven Brands, Inc., the leading automotive aftermarket franchisor in the world. Founded in 1972, Meineke has more than 800 centers that service approximately 3 million cars a year. Meineke continues to be ranked as one of the best franchise opportunities in the country.
About Driven Brands
Driven Brands, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the parent company of North America’s leading automotive aftermarket brands across four distinct verticals: Repair & Maintenance, housing Meineke Car Care Centers®; Paint & Collision, housing Maaco® and CARSTAR North America®; Distribution, housing 1-800-Radiator & A/C®; and Quick Lube, housing Take 5 Oil Change. Driven Brands has more than 2,500 centers across North America, and combined, all businesses generate more than $2.6 billion in system sales and service approximately 8 million vehicles annually. For more information, visit drivenbrands.com.
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