October 27, 2006 18:33 ET

1-800 Radiator Opens Franchise in St. Paul

Local Entrepreneur to Operate the First 1-800 Radiator Outlet in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2006 -- This week saw the opening of national auto parts distributor 1-800 Radiator's first warehouse in Minnesota. The outlet, located in St. Paul, is owned and operated by local businessman Ray Robbins. With its opening, 1-800 Radiator's signature same-day delivery and lifetime warranty are made available for the first time in Minnesota.

Auto shops and do-it-yourselfers replaced approximately six million radiators last year. 1-800 Radiator delivers brand new radiators to these customers within a couple of hours, and at competitive pricing. This innovative business model has enabled them to become the nation's largest independent direct distributor of cooling accessories, growing from a three million dollar company to a company with over $64 million in revenue. A 1-800 Radiator franchise consists of a warehouse and a protected territory for each franchisee. Because these territories are proprietary, there are only 250 franchises available in the United States. The company expects to award all of these locations within the next three years.

Since the start of their franchise program two years ago, 1-800 Radiator has worked closely with entrepreneurs like Ray to open up new territories and expand their services. Thus far, 1-800 Radiator has over 80 locations across the country. Their growth is facilitated by the franchisees and 1-800 Radiator's unique services. Features such as same-day delivery, a lifetime warranty on each part, and a small bag of candy in every radiator box, have helped 1-800 Radiator to gain loyal customers and expand their business. The Robbins family and other dedicated franchise owners maintain a high standard of service.

Before becoming a franchisee, Ray Robbins helped found a commerce company providing payment processing services to businesses. He also worked with Circuit City, starting as a salesman and working his way up to Senior Vice President. He has started his business with a strong team of warehouse personnel with extensive experience in warehouse management, automotive industries, and customer service. When customers in St. Paul call his franchise, Ray wants to provide them with the best possible service and results. "They get our entire team and everything we have to offer," says Ray, continuing, "We also have the largest in stock volume of radiators and AC condensers in the St. Paul metro area."

Ray Robbins' 1-800 Radiator outlet opened for business on October 23, 2006.

About 1-800 Radiator:

1-800 Radiator is an auto parts distribution franchise and the largest independent parts distributor in the nation. The 1-800 Radiator business model provides retail and wholesale customers with radiators delivered to their doorstep in a matter of hours at competitive pricing. They offer their services through their online outlet,, and through franchises locations across the country. To their franchisees, 1-800 Radiator provides unprecedented technological and practical support.

If you'd like to know more about 1-800 Radiator, or to schedule an interview with Ted Rippey, Director of Franchising, call Emily Doppe at (707) 747-7400 ext. 5216 or email her at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Emily Doppe
    (707) 747-7400 ext. 5216
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