FLOWOOD, Miss. — Randy Watkins, a first-time franchise owner, has opened a Meineke Car Care Centers franchise in Flowood, a suburb of Jackson.
The new franchise — Meineke's first in the Jackson area and sixth in the Magnolia State — is located in six-bay structure in a commercial development area on state Route 25 in Flowood. It previously housed a Speedee Brakes business.
Flowood is a community of about 9,000 on the northeast side of Jackson.
Up to now, Mr. Watkins has been a manager at a local metal fabricating business, according to his LinkedIn page.
Meineke franchisor Driven Brands Inc. and the new franchisee are planning a ribbon-cutting Jan. 27 along with the Flowood Chamber of Commerce. That event will wrap up grand-opening ceremonies that have been under way since Jan. 21, Meineke said.
The Flowood store is the first of as many as 50 new Meineke locations Driven Brands expects to open this year.