SOURCE: Advantage Rent A Car

June 30, 2008 14:54 ET

Second Car Rental Franchise for Advantage Rent A Car Opening July 1 in Pittsburgh

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Advantage Rent A Car today announced that it will open its second car rental franchise location Tuesday, July 1, in Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Pittsburgh in-terminal franchise is owned by General American Rentals, Inc. Robert P. Gardill II, the company's president and sole shareholder, is no stranger to the car rental business, having worked in the industry since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988.

"We are extremely excited by the tremendous opportunity for the growth of the Advantage brand and look forward to working with Advantage to establish it as the premiere rental car provider in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Gardill. "We are pleased to begin that growth by the opening of our in-terminal location at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, a top 50 national airport."

Gardill said plans are moving forward to grow the Advantage brand in the region by converting existing Advantage Rent A Car affiliates to franchise locations in southwestern Pennsylvania including: Greater Johnstown, Bedford and Ebensburg.

"Advantage is pleased that General American Rentals, Inc., led by Robert Gardill II, is the newest Advantage Rent A Car franchise," said Peter Fritz, Director of Franchising. "We are excited to have someone like Bob with his vast experience in the car rental industry represent Advantage at the Pittsburgh airport and the operation of suburban locations in Johnstown, Bedford and Ebensburg, Pennsylvania."

Advantage's first car rental franchise went into operation June 2 with the opening of the suburban Memphis, Tennessee, location, followed by the in-terminal opening at Huntsville International Airport. Some of the largest and most exciting airport destinations have been made available for franchise ownership by Advantage. Those interested in investigating this unique opportunity should contact Peter Fritz at 866-497-4029 or by emailing

About Advantage Rent A Car

Advantage Rent A Car is privately held by Denny Hecker Family Ventures, with headquarter operations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and whose principal business location is in San Antonio, Texas. Advantage serves travel and leisure, lifestyle, business, government and insurance replacement rentals in more than 100 U.S. locations and 36 affiliates internationally. Advantage is America's first major car rental company committed to going 100 percent green and providing environmentally conscientious travelers with a fleet of 100 percent fuel efficient vehicles by the end of 2010. For a complete list of car rentals, locations, franchise opportunities, promotions and other information, please visit

About General American Rentals, Inc.

General American Rentals, Inc. has been engaged in the car rental business since 1999. It has owned and operated car rental locations in Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Allentown, Erie and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. General American is owned by Robert P. Gardill II, whose family has been engaged in the car rental business in western Pennsylvania since his Grandfather, a Packard dealer, began to rent cars in 1952.

About Denny Hecker Family Ventures

The Hecker group of companies includes more than 200 companies with operations in automobile dealerships, fleet sales and leasing, daily automobile and motorcycle rental, mortgage and real estate, commercial and residential real estate development, aviation, hospitality, and technology. For more information, please visit

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