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Meineke acquires 8 Atlanta stores

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America's Service Station photo The America's Service Station outlet in Canton, Ga., one of eight locations acquired recently by Meineke Car Care Centers Inc. in the Atlanta area.

ATLANTA (June 18, 2014) — Meineke Car Care Centers Inc. has acquired eight America’s Service Station locations in the Atlanta previously owned and operated by entrepreneur Greg Sands, who founded the business in 2001.  

Meineke said the acquisition will allow it to expand its presence throughout Georgia, primarily in the Atlanta metro area, as well as benefit from the best practices and technical expertise of the America’s Service Station brand.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

America's Service Station photo Sherri and Greg Sands, owners of America's Service Station in the Atlanta area.

Meineke did not say whether it will operate these centers as corporate stores or seek to franchise them.

“America’s Service Station has consistently excelled in the Atlanta market and these centers will now be part of Meineke’s continuous growth in providing drivers across America with personalized long-term solutions,” Meineke President Paul Clayton said .

Meineke said the company will work with Mr. Sands to integrate the acquired locations into the Meineke brand.

With the purchase, Meineke will have 36 locations in Georgia, including 31 in the Atlanta metro area.  Meineke, a division of Driven Brands Inc., has more than 900 locations in the U.S.

Mr. Sands and his wife Sherri founded America’s Service Station in 2001, starting with four former Mobile Car Care locations they purchased from Mr. Sands’ previous employer, according to information posted on the firm’s web site.  

Mr. Sands has worked in the auto service and repair industry since 1993, including time with Mobile Car Care as a store manager in Houston.

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