Auto Repair Franchise That Feels Like A Spa – What A Concept!

Hardwood floors, leather couches, artwork and decorative lighting – what sounds like a cozy family room or lobby in a posh hotel is actually the waiting room of one of more than 50 auto repair franchises across the country that is on track to grow to175 locations in the next five to seven years.

The rapidly expanding chain is operated by Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation, a faith-based company that goes against the grain of the traditional franchise model by offering franchisees an annual salary package of more than $70,000, including comprehensive family health insurance and a 50 percent share in store profits. The franchisor also manages each store’s accounting, human resources and real estate functions—owning both the land and building housing each unit.

They are primarily a mechanic shop that does in-house automotive work on vehicles – as for out-of-shop services, such as car inspections (which usually happen before you buy a Car), you can easily find mobile mechanics or folks who will do that for you outside of the norm.

With its upscale home-charm décor and emphasis on honesty and integrity, Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation has created a “positive culture shock” in the marketplace, particularly among women who are used to the dirty, dingy image of auto shops and questionable practices.

As a result, the nation’s franchise investors are taking notice – CBAC is on target to take the franchise system from 52 to 175 locations during the next five to seven years, doubling the number of store openings from approximately eight per year, to more than 16 new stores a year.

Boise Office Auto Spa

“Historically, the automotive repair industry has been plagued by negative perceptions, and women are traditionally more hesitant about the car service experience because of the dishonesty often associated with the industry,” said Mark Carr, CBAC founder and CEO. “CBAC exists to challenge the norm by insisting on quality, fairness and first-rate customer service at all times. And since women make up the majority of our customers, we go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable and at home.”

Established in 1982 as a result of Carr’s ambition to give Houston-area car owners a pleasant, professional and clean automotive service experience, CBAC’s expansion plans include opening several new locations in Florida, Colorado, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. New franchises are already in development in St. Louis, Missouri, Tampa, Florida and Little Rock, Arkansas. Currently, CBAC operates in eight states including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

Four Star Pizza Announces 200 New Irish Jobs As Recession Bites

Four Star Pizza, the wholly Irish owned franchise based pizza company, will create 200 jobs over the next eleven months, with the opening of ten new franchise locations. The expansion will bring the number of Four Star outlets to 46 across the Republic and Northern Ireland. The new stores are being opened in locations stretching from Co Wexford to Co Antrim and include Letterkenny, Cavan, Dundalk, Blanchardstown, Ballymun, Leixlip, Newry, Armagh, Omagh, and Wexford.

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According to Jason Sheehy, CEO of the Bray, County Wicklow based master franchiser, franchisees report a strong pick-up in sales since the recession began to bite, with many families staying at home and ordering delivered pizzas instead of going out to restaurant.

via: http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1015776.shtml

Two largest hot-pot restaurant chain eye IPO

China’s two largest hot-pot restaurant chain operators are planning to go public as soon as next year to raise about HK$3 billion between them, extending their competition from the dining tables to equity markets.

Little Sheep, arguably the country’s most profitable hot-pot restaurant chain, aims to raise up to HK$2 billion in an initial public offering in Hong Kong while smaller rival Little Lamb is poised to raise up to RMB 1 billion in Shanghai, senior officials told the South China Morning Post.

littlesheep restuarant IPO

Little sheep is becoming particularily popular with folks who have migrated over to the USA from Asian countries and are looking to enjoy Dim-Sum and spicy foods that they might be accustomed too over sees.

Prices vary from $20 – $50 per person, depending on the amount of food you order and side dishes as well. Since the global expansion of the brand, they are consistently opening up new locations for different market segments throughout not only the U.S, but the rest of the world as well.

Locations include the following:

  • Hawaii
    Honolulu
  • Illinois
    Chicago (Grand Opening)
  • New Jersey
    Edison
  • New York & Massachusetts
    Flushing, NY
    Cambridge, MA (Happy Lamb)
  • Northern California
    Cupertino
    Dublin
    Union City
    San Mateo
    Mountain View (Grand Opening)
    San Francisco
  • Southern California
    Hacienda Heights
    Irvine
    Torrance
    Pasadena
    San Diego
    San Gabriel
  • Texas
    Plano
    Houston (Bellaire Blvd.)
    Houston (Westheimer Rd.)
    Grand Prairie
    Austin (Coming Soon)
  • Washington & Oregon
    Seattle, WA
    Bellevue, WA
    Beaverton, OR (Grand Opening)

As well canadian locations too:

  • Alberta
    Calgary
  • British Columbia
    Richmond
    Vancouver
    Burnaby
  • Ontario
    Toronto (Warden Ave)
    Ottawa
    Toronto (Downtown)
    Mississauga

Great Video about their recent opening in Bellevue Washington

Founded in Baotou and using a franchising business model, both Little Sheep and Little Lamb seek to boost their reserves as they fight for a bigger slice of the food and catering market in their home turf and overseas, such as in North America and Japan.