Pep Boys Acquires Just Brakes
Pep Boys recently announced the purchase of privately held Just Brakes, an automotive repair and maintenance chain, increasing the number of Pep Boys auto service locations to over 900 locations.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this major milestone in the growth of our combined organization,” commented Pep Boys president and Chief Executive Officer Brent Windom. “Adding to our portfolio over 130 stores in strategic locations, allows us to strengthen our presence in target markets, including Dallas and Atlanta, and demonstrates our steadfast commitment to growing our service business.”
Just Brakes, in business for 36 years, has 134 locations and operates in eight states and 14 major metro markets.
“We welcome Just Brakes’ talented and dedicated team of more than 500 automotive experts to the family, and we are pleased to announce Bill Ihnken, former CEO of Just Brakes, as our president of Service,” Windom said. “We look forward to working together to leverage the combined strengths of our companies, including our joint focus on taking care of customers, as we convert all Just Brakes locations into Pep Boys Service & Tire Centers, offering a full range of services, such as oil changes, tire installations, brake repair and suspension work.”
“This is an exciting announcement for the Just Brakes team,” Ihnken said. “Being part of Pep Boys means we have the resources required to truly achieve our goal of providing total car care as we transition to the Pep Boys format. This conversion will afford growth opportunities to our employees and help our stores thrive while keeping our focus on providing customers the best experience and value.”