The Houston-based Communitas Auto Group LLC, a recently formed Texas corporation, has purchased the rights to become the exclusive master franchisee for Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers in Texas. The franchise business will operate under the Auto-Lab of Texas label and be responsible for all locations that are opened in the state.
This deal serves as Auto-Lab’s entrance into the Texas market. Auto-Lab has more than 30 franchised and corporate locations in Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Florida.
The Texas group intends to develop company-owned locations, as well as support independent franchisees. Immediate plans call for opening two locations within the first year, likely both in the Houston area. Once these stores are established, CAG plans to expand to other major metro markets in Texas.
The CAG team is primarily led by Mike Humphrey, a managing partner in Tanglewood Investments, a private equity firm that has substantially sold all of its operating companies. CAG also will be supported by Ben Litalien, founder and principal of the specialized consulting practice Franchise Well. Litalien has spent more than 20 years developing franchised businesses, including Exxon Mobil’s On the Run markets.
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