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.
Watson and Brooks saw a tremendous future for the chain. In March 1996, they acquired the franchise corporation from Lunceford, then launched an aggressive franchise expansion program in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. Express Oil Change continued to grow and expand over the next decade, making a name for itself as the preeminent automotive maintenance provider in the industry.
By 1996, franchise partners Joe Watson and Ricky Brooks had developed 14 franchise centers. As the chain’s largest franchisees, their operational efficiency, profitability and sales growth were used as benchmarks for both franchise and corporate stores.
In 2013, Express Oil Change acquired Birmingham-based Tire Engineers, rebranding it's locations to Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers. Since breaking into the tire industry, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers has continued to expand it's footprint with the acquisition of several tire brands, including Trax Tires, Epperly Tire, Savannah Tire, Upton Tire, Davis Tire, Skid Marks Tire Pros, OK Tire, Autco Tire, and Topline Tires, among others.
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