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A chain of repair shops founded in 1971 by Sam Meineke.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Meineke Car Care Centers page on 3 July 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. is a franchise-based international automotive repair chain with more than 900 locations. The chain is ranked #52 in the Franchise 500 (2014) and #54 in America’s Top Global (2013). Previously known as Meineke Discount Mufflers, the company changed its name to Meineke Car Care Centers in 2003 when it expanded to offer full-service auto repairs.

Meineke was founded in 1971 in Houston, Texas, by Sam Meineke. He started to franchise the name in 1972, with Harold Nedell. In 1983, GKN, a multinational British company, bought out Meineke Discount Mufflers. In 1986, the company headquarters moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2003, the same year Meineke Discount Muffler Shops, Inc. became Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc., Meineke became a privately held company, no longer publicly traded.

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12 May 2016Meineke Car Care Centers Provide 1,800 Discounted Oil Changes for Mother’s DayMeineke
27 July 2016Meineke Car Care Centers Launch New Mobile AppMeineke Car Care Centers

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