January 24, 2007 19:18 ET

Local Businessman Opens 1-800 Radiator Franchise in Baton Rouge

Chris Collins Turns a Love of Cars and Savvy Business Style Into Louisiana's First 1-800 Radiator Outlet

BATON ROUGE, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2007 --This Monday 1-800 Radiator opened their first Louisiana outlet. The store is located in Baton Rouge and owned by Baton Rouge local Chris Collins. With the opening of the Baton Rouge outlet, 1-800 Radiator's services are now made available in 39 states.

1-800 Radiator provides auto shops and individual automobile owners with radiators delivered directly to the doors of their businesses and homes. With over 120 warehouses located in major U.S. cities, this delivery never takes long; many customers can get these parts within a couple hours of placing their order. 1-800 Radiator maintains a national inventory of over 80,000 parts, each is original equipment quality and backed by their no-hassle lifetime warranty. Local owners like Chris Collins manage the franchise locations. These businessmen use their own knowledge of the community and unique way of doing business in their territories, maintaining a high standard of personalized service across the country.

Chris Collins brings a love of working on cars and experience running a construction company to his 1-800 Radiator outlet. 1-800 Radiator fortified his preexisting business knowledge with a comprehensive training covering the basics of the radiator industry, warehouse management and 1-800 Radiator's proprietary inventory and sales tracking software. Now Collins is excited to be building up his business and meeting his customers one on one. "I'm going to keep expanding my delivery radius, getting parts to people faster and reaching farther out to them," says Collins, describing his initial plans for the area. Collins is also keeping his prices competitive, making sure that 1-800 Radiator's immense buying power is passed on to his clientele.

Through 1-800 Radiator of Baton Rouge customers have access to 1-800 Radiator's low prices, wide inventory, and lifetime warranty through a locally owned business helmed by a dedicated businessman. Chris Collins' 1-800 Radiator outlet opened on Monday, January 22, 2007.

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 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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