March 23, 2007 12:44 ET

1-800 Radiator Expands to Southeast North Carolina

Car Enthusiast Opens Auto Parts Distribution Hub in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 23, 2007 -- Earlier this week 1-800 Radiator dramatically increased their coverage of North Carolina with the opening of an outlet in the Southeast region of the state. The new warehouse will serve New Hanover and Brunswick Counties and cities ranging from the South Carolina border to Jacksonville and Fayetteville in North Carolina. Peter and Mary Ellen Bennies own and operate the franchise.

1-800 Radiator began franchising in 2004. Since then, the company has become the nation's largest independent distributor of radiators and cooling accessories. Franchisees like the Bennies are an integral part of 1-800 Radiator's success. 1-800 Radiator's basic business model provides for the delivery of radiators and other auto parts to the doors of the individual car owners and auto shop managers who need them. The parts are high quality, delivered in as few as two hours, and equipped with a lifetime warranty on parts and labor. The franchisees apply this business model in their territories, using their knowledge of the region and unique business history to offer comprehensive customer service.

Peter Bennies is an antique car enthusiast with over 20 years in the auto parts industry; Mary Ellen Bennies has a 20-year history in various customer service positions. The Bennies have already noticed what Mary Ellen describes as "a real need for good customer service in the Wilmington area." Peter's automotive history has prepared him to provide that much-needed customer service experience. "I like dealing with car guys," he says, explaining, "We have a lot in common." With 1-800 Radiator the Bennies have the corporate backing and support of 1-800 Radiator's over 120 nationwide warehouses. For customers this means that 1-800 Radiator's immense inventory and competitive prices are available from a locally owned family business.

1-800 Radiator of Southeast North Carolina opened on Monday, March 19, 2007. The warehouse is located at 2725-9A Old Wrightsboro Road in Wilmington. The warehouse can be reached at 910-815-3515.

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 franchise 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 Joseph Spohn at (707) 780-9392 or email him at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Joseph Spohn
    (866) 780-9392
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