ONTARIO — Ontario has a new oil change center.
Take 5 Oil Change at Southeast Goodfellow Street opened in early January.
Owner Rick Pierce said Take 5 Oil was founded as a family-owned business in Louisiana in the 1970s. Then, roughly seven years ago, Driven Brands Holdings, a publicly traded company that owns automotive brands such as Mieneke, CARSTAR and Take 5 Express Carwash, among others, acquired the company.
Pierce, who is from the Boise area, said the Ontario location is the first shop in Oregon.
John Thebo, the manager, said the company hired 10 employees and that while they are not immediately hiring at the Ontario location, he encourages people to apply.
Thebo, who lives in Payette and is a local school board member, said the community support in Ontario has been much more significant than he had expected.
“Just the whole community in general and the surrounding community are all super supportive of new businesses,” Thebo said.
Pierce said the business has been better than he expected, having been open just under a week.
He said the one thing he and the staff have been trying to emphasize to customers is they do not have to get out of their car, call ahead or make appointments. The concept, he said, is a drive-thru model.
Pierce said Take 5 Oil Change differs from competitors in that they do not offer a host of other mechanical services to its customers.
At Take 5, they provide an oil change and a couple of other preventative maintenance services, according to Pierce.
“Our menu is very simple,” Pierce said.
He said that concept allows the business to get their customers in and out in roughly 10 minutes.
Take 5 Oil Change is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pierce said an official ribbon-cutting ceremony would be tentatively scheduled at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
For more information about Take 5 Oil Change, people can call 541-216-6107 or visit take5oilchange.com.
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