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Christian Brothers Expands to Open 10 New Locations in 12 Months

HOUSTON--April 11, 2005--Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation (CBAC), one of the nation's leading full service automotive repair franchise organizations, announced recently the company's plans to open 10 new stores in the U.S. during the next 12 months.

CBAC's vision is to continue to build a network of highly successful franchises that provide quality service based on honesty and integrity. The company currently provides automotive repair services via 31 store locations in six states including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, and Georgia. Plans are to expand to 80 franchised locations within five years.

New locations are currently underway in four states including:

-- Copperfield, TX in Northwest Houston, July 2005

-- Brodie Lane, TX in South Austin, August 2005

-- Friendswood, TX in Southeast Houston, September 2005

-- White Rock, TX in Northeast Dallas, August 2005

-- Bartlett, TN near Memphis, September 2005

-- Cordova, TN near Memphis, December 2005

-- Grand Prairie, TX near Dallas/Fort Worth, December 2005

-- Sienna Plantation, TX in Southwest Houston, January 2006

-- Deer Park, TX in East Houston, February 2006

-- Collierville, TN near Memphis, February 2006

Mark Carr, President and CEO of CBAC, opened the first Christian Brothers Automotive repair facility in 1982. While he had no prior experience in the automotive service industry, Carr's store flourished because of his excellent customer service, based on the belief that every business should be built on a foundation of honesty and integrity.

"One of the things my customers always appreciated was that I, as the store owner, was always on-site to answer their questions and treated them in a positive manner. Pretty soon, word about the store and our ethical way of treating our customers began to spread and Christian Brothers was and is highly successful," said Carr.

Today, all existing CBAC facilities have owners on site and are operated under the original principle of excellent customer service, honesty and ethical business practices.

All prospective franchisees undergo a comprehensive screening process that involves financial qualifications, the completion of a personality profile, and an interview process. "We typically grant fewer franchises then the number who applied," said Carr. "Selecting the right store owner is just as important as selecting the right location. Our company is founded on the principle of honesty and integrity and we have to be sure that every Christian Brothers owner will treat customers with the utmost respect and honor the beliefs of our business."

In addition to the thorough storeowner selection process, CBAC's store staff is comprised of automotive service excellence (ASE) certified technicians, and CBAC requires that the storeowner be on-site at every location. Each facility is designed and built according to corporate standards. All customer waiting areas are well kept and nicely furnished, and the shop and bays are cleaned on a daily basis.

CBAC also offers a free shuttle service to customers and is willing to be flexible to meet the needs of its customers. "We believe that everyone should love your neighbor as yourself and it is important to care for everyone who does business with us," said Carr.

For more information about CBAC or to find the nearest location, visit

About Christian Brothers Automotive

Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation (CBAC) is one of the nation's leading automotive service and repair franchise facilities, which currently operates 31 stores in six states including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee and Georgia.

Mark Carr, current President and CEO of CBAC, opened the first Christian Brothers Automotive in Houston, Texas, in 1982. The store's main principle was to run an automotive repair shop based on honesty, integrity and exceptional customer service, which is still the core philosophy of CBAC today. CBAC began selling franchises in 1997 and continues to grow from 7 - 10 stores annually. The company also continues to maintain a 100 percent success rate of all stores in operation.

CBAC provides full service diagnostic testing and evaluation, maintenance programs and repair work for all domestic and foreign vehicles at each of their locations. For additional information or to find the nearest location, please visit