Auto Repair Mega Center Opening Soon In Columbia County
A Texas based franchisor is set to open its first franchise in the CSRA—with nine service bays. According to a National franchise tracking company, each repair center in the chain averages nearly $1.5 Million annually.
The franchisee is advertising for a Service Manager and service techs. One of the criteria for opening a Christian Brothers Auto Center is that the owner must be an operator—on site.
Nationally, about 200 stores have opened or will open by year-end and none have closed since the franchisor began in the early 1980’s.
There is limited competition in Evans—with Express Oil on Washington Road closer to town and Butler Automotive nearby.
Here is an excerpt from a portion of their website at www.cbac.com
“In 1981, Mark Carr was working as a graphic arts salesman for a photographic mural company. He had just moved to Houston from upstate New York and was finding success in his role, but he was restless. He felt like he was built to be doing something different.
One night, feeling particularly discontent, Mark prayed and asked God to provide him a business. The very next day, while Mark was attending a Sunday school function through Spring Branch Bible Church, a gentleman from his class walked up, said that he was an automotive technician, and asked Mark to help him start an automotive repair shop.
The two men didn’t know what to call their new venture. They were encouraged by their Sunday school class to call it Christian Brothers Automotive, as they were two brothers in Christ. So, in August 1982, Mark Carr and his partner opened a complete automotive repair facility in Mission Bend, Texas, a suburb of Houston, and founded Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation (CBAC).
Forging a New Standard of Service
The business began with Mark as an offsite owner with his partner running the daily operations. After several years, Mark was convinced to buy out his partner and become full-time owner and operator. The business excelled under Mark’s leadership—his customers appreciated the fact that he didn’t have typical industry experience, so he related more closely to being a customer.
This was what led to two of Christian Brothers Automotive’s clear value propositions to the customer:
- Having the owner of the business on site, building relationships.
- Ensuring that the owner can relate to the customers and serve them the way the owner would want to be served.
Heading into the Future
In 2008, Christian Brothers announced a growth initiative that would take the brand to approximately 200 stores throughout the Southeast, the lower Midwest and the Southwest United States by the end of 2017.
Christian Brothers Automotive celebrated 30 years of business in 2012 and opened store number 100 (in New Braunfels, TX), two very significant milestones in the company’s history. By the end of 2015, Christian Brothers has opened more than 150 locations in 19 states.”