June 12, 2006 11:53 ET

1-800 Radiator Opens Store in Chicago Area

Nationwide Auto Parts Franchise Launches First Illinois Outlet

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- 1-800 Radiator made its services available to Illinoisans when the company opened an outlet just outside of Chicago. This store is the first 1-800 Radiator warehouse to open in the state, and one of six locations opened across the nation this week.

The standard automotive radiator lasts only seven years, meaning that a large percentage of the cars on the road are excellent candidates for a radiator replacement. 1-800 Radiator met with success catering specifically to this segment of the automotive industry. The company's decision to begin franchising in 2004 allowed 1-800 Radiator to expand to new regions of the United States. As of yesterday, the company's 83,000 part inventory and doorstep delivery was made available to the body shop, auto repair garages, and the growing do-it-yourselfers in the Illinois market.

The store, located in Lombard, will offer same-day delivery to customers in the greater Chicago area. Like all other franchise locations this outlet is locally owned and operated. The Lombard store has the additional distinction of being owned by two former employees of 1-800 Radiator corporate. Before opening their franchise Mike Gausman and Jeff Mullins both spent time working closely with the franchise support departments at 1-800 Radiator's main office in California. There they had a bird's eye view of the company's nationwide operations. Although this experience helped prepare Gausman and Mullins for franchise ownership, it is not what they are counting on to make their business a success. When asked what would set them apart from the competition Mullins demonstrated confidence in his product, "We, along with 1-800 Radiator will be able to offer our customers superior quality parts and the best warranty in the business, all at a competitive price… our service will do the rest."

Like most small business owners, Mullins and Gausman pride themselves on their customer service. As 1-800 Radiator franchisees they are able to combine the buying power and technological support of a large company with their enthusiasm for customer service. The result is a unique franchise offering wholesale and retail customers a new buying experience.

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 also offer their services through their online outlet, 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 Ted Rippey at (707) 580-4548 or email him at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Ted Rippey
    (707) 580-4548
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