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July 10, 2015 18:53 ET

Pep Boys Celebrates 20th Anniversary Serving the Residents of Puerto Rico

Special Sales and Offers Available From July 12 to 19 at All 27 Locations, Plus All-Day Special Event July 18

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - July 10, 2015) - The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: PBY), the nation's leading automotive aftermarket service and retail chain, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in serving the residents of Puerto Rico.

The official date was July 17, 1995 (please see Editor's Note regarding attached photograph) when Pep Boys entered the Puerto Rico automotive aftermarket. At that time, the island touted 4 million residents and 2 million cars, as well as a large population of do-it-yourselfers and backyard mechanics.

Pep Boys met the demand for high-quality automotive parts and accessories, and went on to open Fleet operations (1997) and the Pep Express Parts business (1998). As of August 2014, Speed Shops, a store-within-a-store catering to car enthusiasts in supplying all they'll need in performance, have been opened in Bayamon, Carolina, Hatillo, Humacao, Mayaguez and Ponce. Puerto Rico hosts 23 Pep Boys Supercenters (service and retail) and four Express (retail only) stores located in strip malls or freestanding buildings around the island.

The week-long 20th anniversary event will take place from July 12 to July 19, and feature some great retail sales and service specials. In addition, there will be a special all-day celebration on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at all 27 stores featuring give-a-ways, music and many more surprises! That same day, the Pep Boys mascots -- Manny, Moe & Jack -- will be posing for photographs at the Fajardo store and there will be a cake-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.

From the beginning, Pep Boys made it a priority to establish a presence on the island that leveraged home-grown talent and culture. Native islanders work at all locations in all positions ranging from cashiers to master technicians.

"By nature, our people are very friendly, committed and take a lot of pride in their work," stated Ralph Quintana, Regional Vice President - Puerto Rico, Pep Boys. "Our philosophy has been to train and prepare our management staff in order to promote within, which has helped to develop and sustain a solid team in each store."

The company has also customized the product mix in stores to accommodate the tropical climate and provide motorists with exactly what they need for their cars.

"Pep Boys has enjoyed an extremely prosperous and rewarding 20 years in Puerto Rico," added Quintana. "I would like to thank our wonderful associates for taking good care of our customers, and our customers for being loyal supporters of Pep Boys on the island. We are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary and look forward to many more years of being the best place to shop and care for your car."

For more information on the products and services Pep Boys provides, or to find your nearest location, please visit www.pepboys.com or call 1-800-PEP-BOYS (1-800-737-2697).

About Pep Boys
Since 1921, Pep Boys has been the nation's leading automotive aftermarket chain. With over 7,500 service bays in over 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico, Pep Boys offers name-brand tires; automotive maintenance and repair; parts and expert advice for the Do-It-Yourselfer; commercial auto parts delivery; and fleet maintenance and repair. Customers can find the nearest location by calling 1-800-PEP-BOYS (1-800-737-2697) or by visiting www.pepboys.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photograph attached from Opening Day July 15, 1995, at Fajardo store.

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