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Driven Brands Buys Merlin 200,000 Miles

Driven Brands has acquired St. Charles, IL-based Merlin 200,000 Mile, an auto care franchise business that operates primarily in the suburbs of Chicago, adding 49 locations across four states to the Driven Brands portfolio. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Charlotte, NC-based Driven Brands is the parent company to a number of separate auto care businesses, including Meineke Car Care Centers; Econo Lube & Tune, a franchised chain of auto repair and quick lube shops; MAACO collision repair and auto painting shops; and a franchised network of mobile services consisting of AutoQual, Aero-Colours and Drive N Style, specializing in  interior reconditioning and maintenance, paint refinishing, and restyling services for car dealerships.

Danny Rivera, chief information officer of Driven Brands, now serves as the president of Merlin. “Adding Merlin to the Driven portfolio gives us breadth in the Chicago market with a great brand that has unique brand positioning and excellent unit economics,” Rivera said. “I am looking forward to working with our franchisees to capitalize on the great brand positioning and product platforms that Merlin has built its reputation on.”

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