Lubes in the News

Oil change companies making headlines this week:

• An $8.99 oil change to draw in customers.
PETA battles Jiffy Lube. Really.
• Quick feature on an Iowa Super Lube Service Center.
• A Walmart in Alaska set to open sans Tire & Lube Express. (Note the part about “overall business strategy”; maybe Walmart is pulling back from the quick lube game after all.)
• Indiana lube shop holds a dog wash. Really.
• EZ Lube looks for employees.
• Jiffy Lube set to hold its “J Team” competition.
• Mass. lube shop adds re-refined motor oil.
• A re-opened fast lube is mentioned as one of several signs the economy is improving.
• An Alaska lube shop manager runs for a spot in the city of Anchorage Assembly.

About National Oil & Lube News

National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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One Response to Lubes in the News

  1. eocwanab says:

    Need Insight: Express Oil Change & Service Centers – Bham, AL Need Help: The franchisor claims "99% survival rate form ground up locations since 1996." Other Information Shows: EOC&SC Corp. stores v. Franchise Stores over the past three years:2007: 51 Corp stores v. 106 franchisee stores2009: 70 Corp stores v. 99 franchisee storeThat's a 37% increase in Corp stores, while a 9% decrease in franchisee stores – during a time when they claim they do not want to open any additional Corp stores. Where are they getting these stores from? Failing franchisees? If yes, then how or why do you continue with the same business model and claim 99% survival rate? Birmingham Business Journal Article of April 4, 2008 article on Express Oil Change & Service Center: At that time, "24 new franchisee owned centers was the goal with no new corporate centers" was the plan.Also: Of the nine new "ground up" stores opened in 2008 and all tracking under well projected sales – with 7 of the 9 tracking at about 50% of projected revenues (or 320k annual). Debt Service is around 1.3 million for each franchisee – can it be sustained?Is this information being properly disclosed by the franchisor as required by FTC regulation? Help me make sense of this.

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