History of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers

In 1979, Jim Lunceford opened the first Express Oil Change. Within five years, he'd opened four locations when the first franchise opened. Over the next 20 years, the company would dominate Alabama with more than 50 locations.

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Watson and Brooks saw a tremendous future for the chain. In March 1996, the pair acquired the franchise corporation from Lunceford, then launched an aggressive franchise expansion program in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. Express Oil continued to grow and expand over the next decade, making a name for itself as the preeminent automotive maintenance provider in the industry.

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In 2013, Express Oil acquired Tire Engineers, rebranding to Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, and continued to expand its footprint with the acquisition of additional tire brands to include Trax Tires, Savannah Tire, Griffin Brothers, Upton Tire, Skid Marks Tire Pros, Topline Tires, and more.

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In 2018, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers merged with Mavis Discount Tire to form one of the largest automotive maintenance providers in the United States.

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By 1996, franchise partners Joe Watson and Ricky Brooks had developed 14 franchise locations. As the chain’s largest franchisees, their operational efficiency, profitability and sales growth set benchmarks for both franchise and corporate stores.

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The 100th location in the chain was opened October 2, 2000 in Foley, AL!

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The 200th location of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers launched December 4, 2013 in Greensboro, NC!

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Currently with 245 locations across 15 states, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers continues to lead the automotive service industry through excellence, innovation and growth.