Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops Announces Newest Franchisee In Loves Park

Monday, August 31, 2009

Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops recently announced that Thomas Corso has purchsed the business assets and franchise rights for the Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Loves Park, located at 5590 E. Riverside Boulevard (815-877-5577). "I'm very excited to be a part of the Loves Park community and offer customers professional vehicle repair and maintenance that can help their automobiles reach their full life potential," said Thomas Corso, franchisee of Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Loves Park. "I hope to help the Loves Park community understand the true mileage potential of today's passenger vehicles by introducing them to Merlin's DRIVE FOR 200,000 during the course of every business day." Thomas Corso began his career in the manufacturing industry with JLM, Inc. in Bensenville, IL. Having a love of cars and looking for personal advancement, Mr. Corso acquired his first Merlin shop in 1995 in Schaumburg, IL and in a relatively short period of time grew the business and exceeded all previous shop sales records. In November 1996, Mr. Corso sold his franchise rights and returned to the manufacturing industry. For the next seven years he managed all operations at JLM, Inc. until reentering the auto service business in 2003 when he opened the new Merlin shop in Cary, IL. Building on his previous record of success, Mr. Corso was awarded a "Fast Start Award" for first year sales records and a "We Care" Award for excellence in customer service. He remained the franchisee of the Cary shop until 2006 when he sold his interst and retuned to his previous industry with an equity position relative to a manufacturing plant in Huntley, IL. The serious economic uncertainies threatening the manufacturing industry as compared to the relative stability of the auto repair business, combined with his past achievements and love of the business, have prompted Mr. Corso to once again return to Merlin.

The past has proved that Mr. Corso, together with his wife Lynn, will continue the record of success shown in their Schaumburg and Cary operations..

A Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop provides both repair and maintenance services as well as tires - almost anything a consumer would need during the first 200,000 miles of their car's life (except car washes, major engine, transmission, and collision repair).

Special offers can be found for the Loves Park shop on Merlin's website, www.merlins.com.

"Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops have a commitment to long-term customer relationships, and I look forward to meeting and serving the people of the Loves Park area," said Tom Corso.

For more information on the Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Loves Park, please contact Thomas Corso at 815-877-5577.

About Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops offer a neighborhood approach to automotive service. THE DRIVE FOR 200,000, Merlin's proprietary maintenance product, supports vehicle owners hundreds of thousands of miles beyond the usual manufacturer's maintenance program and has positioned Merlin as the leader in vehicle longevity. Founded in 1975, Merlin is headquartered in St. Charles, Illinois, and operates shops in four states.

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3815 E Main St. Unit D
St. Charles, IL

Phone: (630)208-9907 ext. 122
Toll Free: (800)652-9900
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