November 28, 2006 16:45 ET

Local Family Opens 1-800 Radiator's Ninth Texas Outlet

Location Will Offer Same Day Service in the South Houston Area

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 28, 2006 --With the opening of their ninth Texas warehouse earlier this month, the national auto parts distributor, 1-800 Radiator, cemented its place in the Texan automotive industry. The new outlet, owned by the Fritzer family, will serve the southern region of Houston and its suburbs.

The basic service 1-800 Radiator provides is the delivery of new radiators and cooling components to the auto shops and homes of the people who need them, often within several hours of the order being placed. American auto shops and do-it-yourselfers replace over six million radiators each year. Catering specifically to this niche market 1-800 Radiator has become the nation's largest independent distributor of cooling components. Since the start of their franchise program in 2004, 1-800 Radiator's growth has been exponentially accelerated through partnership with individual businessmen to open new warehouses. Local owners like the Fritzers bring a comprehensive knowledge of their communities and a strong dedication to customer service to new locations. Each 1-800 Radiator franchise consists of a warehouse and a protected territory. Because these territories are proprietary there are only approximately 250 franchises available in the United States. The company expects to award all of these locations within the next three years.

Barry Fritzer has over 30 years of experience with high tech hardware, working in manufacturing, engineering, operations and sales. This has taught him valuable lessons about business management and customer service. "The customer is king," Barry states, continuing, "Fill their needs every time and they will be delighted with your services." He plans on visiting auto and body shops in the area, introducing himself and his business and zeroing in on the industry needs of his territory. His wife and business partner, Kathy, and youngest son, Matt, will join him in this endeavor, making his 1-800 Radiator franchise a true family business.

1-800 Radiator franchise owners have access to the largest radiator inventory in the nation. Almost any part can be quickly delivered to almost any customer, something that few competitors are able to offer. 1-800 Radiator gives entrepreneurs like the Fritzer family the opportunity to own and operate a small business that has the technological advantages usually associated only with much larger companies; in turn the business owners provide personalized service to their customers and community. This combination of small-scale entrepreneurship and large-scale resources gives the franchisees an edge on the competition and is one of the most distinct features of 1-800 Radiator as an organization.

The Fritzers' 1-800 Radiator outlet is located at 184 Brookhill Drive in Houston. It opened for business November 9, 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. 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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