With an impressive 40+ years operating in the field of automotive care, Meineke is most certainly an adept industry leader with hundreds of locations across the country run by franchise partners from all walks of life. Entering franchising with the brand takes many forms, and franchisees continue to develop new locations with the help of their unique backgrounds and experiences.
Consider these two pathways to franchise ownership that are becoming more common:
- Bringing hard-earned skills and talent after years of military service to franchise operation after finding the job market less than satisfactory during transition
- Working up in the ranks of an established franchise brand to the level of location-operator after years of experience in various positions within the system
Franchising offers individuals who have experience within a franchise system the chance to expand into location operation, and thus manage their own schedule with even greater personal freedom. This same scenario applies to military service members seeking a career that suits their particular skill set, along with the opportunity to step onto an entrepreneurial path.
In North Carolina and Florida, two Meineke locations offer an ideal portrait of franchisees that have opted to join the system and operate their own location.
In Pensacola, Florida, Tom Perez decided to join Meineke and operate a location after deciding that the franchise automotive industry was the very best way to support his family and fellow military veterans like himself at the same time. His search for the right opportunity during transition after an honorable discharge came to a halt when he realized that franchising would grant him the ability to reach his goals while serving his community and other local veterans.
Putting fellow veterans seeking career opportunities after leaving a service career behind on his team was a major priority, and he recognized Meineke’s commitment to veterans, which includes discounts for vets to get started. With a shop now running for nearly two years, he has hired five other former service members and remains committed to bringing on other vets as the business grows.
For nearly four years, the Robinson couple of Denver, North Carolina have been running their Meineke Car Care Center after establishing their interest in the brand a couple of years prior to opening. Pete and Julie found the support from current franchisees was a huge benefit to opening their own location after his 17 year career working within the Meineke system. From technician to manager, access to experienced individuals at various levels of operation afforded Pete a wide-range look inside the daily operations of the business and provided him with the desire to branch out even further.
While planning their leap into franchising, speaking with Meineke’s franchisees gave them the insight they needed to really understand how the brand works for each operator from an insider’s perspective. Working with the Meineke brand prior to opening their franchise location did in fact eliminate some obstacles to starting up their own location by providing invaluable knowledge of the system before putting an investment on the line.