Meineke Car Care Center
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|Founded||1972 (Sam Meineke)|
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Products||Automotive repair, mufflers|
Meineke was founded in 1971 in Houston, Texas by Sam Meineke. He started to franchise the name, in 1972, with Harold Nedell. By 1982, they sold over 600 franchises. In 1983 GKN, a multinational British company, bought out Meineke Discount Mufflers. In 1986 the company headquarters moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2003, Meineke became a privately held company, no longer publicly traded.
From 1972 to 2003, it was known as Meineke Discount Muffler Shops, Inc.. Earlier in 2003 Meineke Discount Muffler Shops, Inc., became Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. In 2006, the parent company became Driven Brands, Inc. and acquired the quick oil change company Econo Lube 'N Tune Inc. There are six companies under the Driven Brands umbrella: Meineke Car Care Center, Maaco, Econo Lube 'N Tune, Aero Colours, AutoQual, and Drive N Style. Driven Brands bought Maaco in October 2008 from the estate of Tony Martino, the founder and CEO of the Maaco chain at the time of his death on January 27, 2008.
As of 2013, there are approximately 900 Meineke franchises throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia and the Caribbean. George Foreman has been the Meineke spokesperson since 1993.
- "Official Site, Driven Brands". Retrieved 6 August 2013.
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