ELGIN Ill. — Merlin 200,000 Miles franchisee Luis Olmos has added a second Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop location by buying the business rights and assets of a shop in Elgin.
Mr. Olmos has been a Merlin 200,000 franchisee since 2015 — when he acquired a shop in Carpentersville, Ill., from the previous owner Tim Williams — but has been affiliated with the Merlin brand since 1992, when started as an entry-level technician at the Merlin shop in Hanover Park, Ill.
He then moved to a Midas franchise, according to Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops, where he advanced to general manager and led that franchise to a top ranking among Midas franchises.
He rejoined the Merlin organization in 2009 and was employed as the general manager of several corporate-owned Merlin shops until 2015 when bought the Carpentersville store.
"I'm happy to have taken the step to multi-shop ownership," Mr. Olmos said, referring to the acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed.
Carpentersville and Elgin are northwestern suburbs of Chicago about eight miles from each other. The two communities have about 112,000 and 38,000 inhabitants, respectively.
"My shop teams serve the neighboring communities of Carpentersville and Elgin and we look forward to helping customers maintain and repair their vehicles," Mr. Olmos said.
The four-bay Elgin shop was newly built in 1997. Ace Bhimani was the previous franchise owner.
St. Charles, Ill.-based Merlin was founded in 1975 and acquired in 2000 by Driven Brands Inc.