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Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:49

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens First Florida Location

Christian Brothers Automotive opened their first franchise location in Florida last month, located at 23650 Venezia Drive in Land O’Lakes.

The location is equipped with nine service bays and encompasses nearly 5,000 square-feet. Land O’Lakes franchise owner Larry Giannone and his wife, Cindy, of Tampa decided to invest in the company “because of its values,” he said according to the Land O’Lakes Patch.

“It’s a faith-based franchise,” Giannone said. The honesty and integrity of the business is what drew Giannone, a 20-year industry veteran, in.

The franchise prides itself on taking time for repairs and getting them done right, the first time.

“We’re not a quick-service,” Giannone said. “An oil change will take about 40 minutes.”

Giannone is on site every day, and the business’ shuttle service will drop customers off back at home or a shopping center, then return to pick them up once their service is complete.

Technicians at Giannone’s franchise also involve the customer in the repairs. If they find something that needs to be repaired, the technicians won’t just tell the customer—they’ll show them.

“We’ll show you,” service manager Don Kalogerson said to the Land O’Lakes Patch. “We’re not about high-pressure sales.”

Christian Brothers Automotive is a full-service repair shop—equipped to do everything a dealer can do.

The shop is also equipped to “flash” vehicles’ computer systems—updating the software in a car, similar to a Windows update, Giannone said.

If Christian Brothers finds something on a vehicle that is still under warranty, a technician will alert the customer and make arrangements to drop off the vehicle at a local dealership, Giannone said.

Christian Brothers Automotive of Land O’Lakes is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, visit or call 813-949-0100.

The Christian Brothers Automotive franchise was started in 1982 and has been franchising since 1996. Currently the franchise has a total of 94 franchise units. Start-up costs for businesses wanting to join the franchise range from $65,000 to $70,000. The franchise is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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