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Car-X franchisee opens 7th Iowa store

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ANKENY, Iowa—Car-X Tire & Auto Service franchisee Mark Goldner has opened his seventh Car-X location, in Ankeny, a northern suburb of Des Moines.

The Ankeny store has 10 bays and is capable of repairing all makes and models, including diesel and hybrid vehicles, according to Car-X.

“Mark is one of our visionary franchisees providing outstanding customer service,” said Rich Brayer, Car-X vice president of marketing. “He has a 26-year history of great performance at Car-X.”

In 1988, Mr. Goldner partnered with Car-X in Des Moines as store manager and inventory manager. As the business grew, he moved into a supervisor role, where the franchisor said he helped to grow the business.

Mr. Goldner and his wife purchased the business in 2008 and have been operating and building the Car-X brand to six locations in the Des Moines area and one in Ames, Iowa, according to the franchisor.

His new outlet is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Car-X said.

Schaumberg, Ill.-based Car-X was founded in 1971 by a group of muffler shop owners and during its early years was primarily an exhaust specialist.

Today, Car-X locations perform complete auto maintenance services—from regular tune-ups to emergency repairs, timing belts, hoses and brakes—and sell tires through 149 locations.

The franchise chain, along with Tuffy Tire & Auto, are owned by Tuffy Associates Corp. and Car-X Associates Corp. Together, the two franchise programs comprise 351 outlets.
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Previous | Published March 18, 2019

Where can you expect to see the most growth in 2019?

Tire sales
45% (34 votes)
General automotive service
15% (11 votes)
Brakes, shocks and other undercar services
7% (5 votes)
Add-on business
15% (11 votes)
Anywhere we can get it.
19% (14 votes)
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