CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Driven Brand Inc. plans to open "dozens" of Take 5 Oil Change locations in 2018, expanding its network of nearly 300 fast-lube stores in 16 states.
The new stores are in addition to 50-plus former Lube Stop locations in Northeastern Ohio that were converted to Take 5 Oil last year. Driven Brands acquired the Lube Stop business in October 2016.
Among new stores opened recently are three in the Tulsa, Okla., market, where Driven Brands is publicizing the openings by sponsoring NASCAR and Sprint Car driver Kasey Kahne for the 2018 Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, running Jan. 8-13.
Mr. Kahne's No. 67 race car will carry the Take 5 Oil Change logo on the side of the car for the week's races. Mr. Kahne, a 17-time NASCAR Cup winner, also will appear at one of the Tulsa Take 5 locations at Jan. 13 to greet customers and fans.