Express Oil Change & Service Center, one of the three largest independently-owned quick lube chains in the nation, announced the opening of their second location in the Houston market.
The second location is at 12807 F.M. 1960 and will officially open on June 11.
The company also plans to develop 20 additional stores in the Greater Houston area over the next five to 8 years. This expansion expects to add up to 200 new jobs to the community. Express Oil Change debuted in Houston in fall 2011 at 2144 FM 2920 in Spring, Texas.
Don Larose, senior vice president of franchise development for the company, said their comprehensive approach to car care is part of their success. “Express Oil Change isn’t just a quick-lube shop. In addition to our 10 minute drive-through oil changes, each location offers a full-service mechanical department with full-scope maintenance and repair services,” he said.
Houston’s burgeoning suburban growth is an excellent place to introduce quality franchises said Larose. “The city itself is growing rapidly each year. We are sending in one of our strongest operational leaders to spearhead the new location. He is very excited to make Houston his new home,” he said.
Richard Sulyma, vice president of operations for Express Oil Change, will take the helm at their newest location. He said each location can create anywhere from six to 10 new jobs which includes a store manager, head certified mechanic, assistant manager and support staff.
Sulyma’s has seen people using their services to extend the lives of their vehicles. “People are holding onto their cars longer than ever before. Owners have to keep them well-maintained with regular visits to an automotive service center, like Express Oil Change. The recession helped our business grow in that respect,” he said.
The first Express Oil Change opened in Birmingham, Ala. in 1979. It has since grown to include more than 185 locations in 12 states across the U.S.
The company expects to open 15 new centers in 2012 and increase those numbers in coming years toward a goal of reaching 250 locations nationwide in five years. Targeted areas in 2012 include the Carolinas, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Indiana, New Jersey, Maryland and Ohio, as well as other strategic areas across the Midwest.