SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Icahn Automotive has opened a Pep Boys Service & Tire Center at Fort Buchanan, a U.S. military installation on Puerto Rico near San Juan that's home to roughly 130,000 soldiers and support personnel.
The new outlet, which provides a comprehensive range of automotive maintenance and repair services exclusively to those stationed at the base, is the 34th Pep Boys location on Puerto Rico, where the company has been active for the past 25 years.
Pep Boys employs over 1,000 on Puerto Rico, where it also has two distribution centers. Last year it boosted its presence with the acquisition of six Tecnicentros Mundial locations.
"We are proud to help keep drivers moving across the island of Puerto Rico, including the military community at Fort Buchanan," Pep Boys CEO Brian Kaner said.
"Puerto Rico is an important market for Pep Boys and, as we identify new opportunities for growth, we plan to continue expanding our capabilities to deliver world-class automotive service to meet the growing needs of our customers."
The opening of the Fort Buchanan location complements Pep Boys' centennial celebration in 2021, which includes a Pep Boys Road Trip.
As part of its events marking a quarter-century of business on the U.S. protectorate, Pep Boys recognized over 30 employees who have worked for the business since the company opened its first store northeastern city of Fajardo in 1995.
Pep Boys also recognized their top performing technician and sales specialist, and awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Jonathan Cotto, a Pep Boys employee and student at Mech-Tech College.
"Our team members in Puerto Rico are passionate about the business and take great pride in representing Pep Boys, and you see their commitment to excellence and our customer in every location on the island," Mr. Kaner said.
"We're proud to extend the Company's long tradition of supporting our communities, the military, and automotive technology education to Puerto Rico and see it come to life as part of the island's already-vibrant culture."
Pep Boys was founded in 1921 by U.S. Navy veterans veterans Emanuel (Manny) Rosenfeld, Maurice (Moe) Strauss, W. Graham (Jack) Jackson and Moe Radavitz.