September 19, 2006 14:42 ET

1-800 Radiator Opens Franchise in Skokie, Illinois

Local Husband and Wife Team to Operate the Franchise

SKOKIE, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- This Monday saw the opening of 1-800 Radiator's third warehouse in Illinois. The outlet, located in Skokie, is owned and operated by local husband and wife team John and Kimberly Czaplicki. With its opening, 1-800 Radiator's signature same-day delivery and lifetime warranty are made available to customers in Skokie, Gurnee, and the surrounding areas.

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 the Czaplickis 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 and1-800 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 Czaplickis and other dedicated franchise owners maintain a high standard of service.

The Czaplickis are the ideal candidates to serve the Skokie area. John Czaplicki has served customers for many years in previous sales and management roles. He also has experience owning and managing his own business. Kimberly Czaplicki has a strong service background that will serve her well when dealing with customers. Both are dedicated to providing the best buying experience possible for their customers. "It all comes down to service and availability," says John Czaplicki. "We are dedicated to meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers."

The Czaplickis' 1-800 Radiator outlet opened for business on Monday, September 18, 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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