In Salt Lake City, where Tunex has its headquarters, many stores want to expand to the complete car care model, but are not able to do so because of property issues—they simply don’t have enough real estate at their current sites.
Travis Staker is one such owner. Although he doesn’t have room to build a full Oil Express on his Sugarhouse Tunex property in Salt Lake City, he knows he needs full service to compete with the newer stores. His solution was to convert the two front bays of his repair center into oil-change bays and to add the Delphi diagnostic platform.
The results have been good. Staker says he saw increases in both customer volume and profits within the first couple of months.
One reason profits on the lube side of the business have been better than they might otherwise have been in the current economy is that Staker received financing assistance for the lube and oil-change equipment from Tunex’s preferred oil vendor.
Staker isn’t alone in reaping benefits like this as a Tunex franchisee. All Tunex stores offer Shell and Justice Brothers products, and in exchange, these companies provide franchisees like Staker with advertising help, national pricing and equipment financing.
Hours of operation at the new South Jordan store (106th South and 1300 West) are from 8 am to 8 pm on the Oil Express side and 8 am to 6 pm on the repair side.