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6 | April 12, 2018 | The Lockport Legend News lockportlegend.com Christian Brothers Automotive is rolling out six locations in the Chicago area, including one in Lockport. Photo submitted Christian Brothers Automotive searching for Lockport franchisee Featuring 20+ fun things to do in your town over the summer! Publishes May 17, 2018 Space Reservation Deadline: May 2nd Ad Approval: May 8th 2018 Guide PLEASE CALL: 708.326.9170 TO RESERVE YOUR AD Max Lapthorne, Editor Christian Brothers Automotive is eager to join the Lockport community. The Houston-based company had so much interest in opening a shop in Lockport that it took a somewhat unusual approach to its expansion. “We’re doing this with a little bit more risk on our part, because we don’t currently have our franchise owner in tow,” said Josh Wall, chief development officer at Christian Brothers Automotive. “We liked Lockport so much, certainly how it’s been developing economically over the last five to six years... We really felt like we had to find the best place in Lockport to come to the market.” Christian Brothers, which provides a variety of professional auto-care services, including upkeep, maintenance, and repair, is in the process of breaking into the Chicagoland market by opening six stores in the area. The plan is for the Lockport store, which is to be located on E. 159th Street, to be the southernmost location in the Chicago area. “As we dug deeper and deeper, Lockport quickly made a short list of markets that we wanted to bring Christian Brothers to,” Wall said. The Lockport store, which Wall hopes will be open sometime in early to mid- 2019, does not currently have a franchisee, which is a relatively new approach for the company, according to Wall. “It is a little rarer,” he said. “We’ve been franchising for 22 years and most of that time we’ve always gone into a market with a franchisee already selected and already committed to that city.” The search for a franchisee for the Lockport location is ongoing, and anyone interested in applying can do so at www.christianbrothers franchise.com. The process to become a Christian Brothers Automotive franchisee involves a multi-step interview which includes the candidate traveling to Houston and spending a few days operating one of the stores there. It’s an in-depth process that takes about three months altogether, Wall said. “We get to know their strengths, their weaknesses, their goals, their ambitions, their heart for people, how well they want to really serve people, which is a tremendous requirement of our franchising process,” he said. Getting to know the true personal values of potential franchisees is crucial for Christian Brothers, because the brand relies heavily on its motto of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” And as the 35-year-old brand has grown and expanded to 170 locations in 25 states, it has been vital that every store reflects that motto of faith and honesty. “Throughout that entire time we’ve been growing, it’s been incredibly important that we don’t get away from our core values,” Wall said. “We want to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ We believe regardless of someone’s background — their race, color or creed — that’s a unifying concept that people want to love their neighbor as themself.” The company hopes to find a franchisee for the Lockport location sometime in the next six months or so, according to Wall, who predicts Lockport residents will appreciate the integrity of Christian Brothers. “I would anticipate this store right there on that center corridor on 159th [Street] being a great place where customers know they’re going to be treated exceptionally well and they’re going to know that we’re only going to recommend services that the car actually needs,” he said.
lockportlegend.com NEWS the Lockport Legend | April 12, 2018 | 7 Lady - A Women’s Expo to return April 21 to Tinley Park Convention Center Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter It is a Mother’s Day tradition unlike any other. Lady - A Women’s Expo, presented by 22nd Century Media and Planet Fitness, is set to return from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Vendors list • 22nd Century Media • Abbie Applies Professional In-Home Makeup Classes • Agnes & Dora • Aloette • Amelia James by Amanda • Arbonne • Artistic Designs • Bada Bling • Bath Planet • B. Nutty LLC • Brannigan Chiropractic Center • Broadway Jewelry • Castillo’s Craftycles • Celebrity Cruises • Chicago Sky • Chiro One • Coash Clothing Company • College of DuPage Nursing Department • Color Street • Cook County MEDS • Country Financial • Damsel in Defense • Dan Mosca State Farm • Dana Digrispino - Custom Clothing & Alterations • Dilly Nature • DIY Sign Party • doTERRA Essential Oils • EveFit • Evergreen Senior Living • Family Source Consultants • Floor Coverings International • Fred Astaire Dance Studio • Gracie Pie Apothecary • Green Mountain Energy at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park. The annual event also is sponsored by the Chicago Sky, Ingalls Health System and Celebrity Cruises. The free event has more than 100 vendors slated to Company • Hempworx • Hubbard House Publishing Company • Hustle & Heart • Illinois State Treasurer • Ingalls Health System • Jewels2U • Joliet Slammers • Juicy Luzy Sangria • Just Greetings - Greeting Card Line • Kevin M. Wiggins Agency • Kimberly Neill - Keller Williams Preferred Realty • La Bella Uniforms • Lange • LeafFilter Gutter Protection • LifeSource • LipSense by SeneGence • LK Acupuncture • LuLaRoe • Luminess Airess • Make Up Eraser • Mary Kay Cosmetics • Miss Lilly’s Bridal Creations • Monat • Naddle’s Sweet Treats • Nerium International • Norwex • Nothing Bundt Cakes • Nspire Network • NuMark Credit Union • Orland Park Crossing • Passanante’s Home Food Services • Planet Fitness • Porter Place • Power Home Remodeling • Practical Products • Providence Palos Heights • Pucher & Ranucci, P.C., Attorneys at Law attend this year — covering health and wellness to fashion and beauty, food to financial planning — making it the largest Lady expo to date, according to Heather Warthen, chief events officer at 22nd Century Media. “The nice thing about this Please see Expo, 12 • Questions Kids Ask About God • Renewal by Andersen Windows and Doors • Rodan & Fields • Ruby Ribbon • Scout & Cellar Clean- Crafted Wine • ScrapElegance Creations • Sensual Scentduction Candle Co. • Shades Luxury Cosmetics • Sheets by Karen • Sheila’s Decorative Pens • ShelfGenie • Silk Avenue • Silver Strand Boutique • Sleep Number • Something That Fits • Surprise Parties • Tastefully Simple • The Baby’s Crib • The Furever Home Friends • The Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, P.C. • Thirsty Donkey Skin Co. • This Is My Legacy • Three B’s Mobile Boutique • Total Life Changes • Tracy DeGraaf • Traveling Vineyard • Usborne Books and More • Vitalife • Window Works • World Global Network (Helo LX) • Wyndham Vacation Resorts Inc. • Yoga 360 • Young Living Essential Oils