Pep Boys Acquires Just Brakes; Grows National Footprint by 134 Stores

by Katie Lee

Philadelphia — Pep Boys has purchased privately held Just Brakes (JBRE, LLC), an automotive repair and maintenance chain, increasing the number of Pep Boys auto service locations to over 900 locations.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this major milestone in the growth of our combined organization,” says Brent Windom, Pep Boys’ president and chief executive officer. “Adding to our portfolio over 130 stores in strategic locations allows us to strengthen our presence in target markets, including Dallas and Atlanta, and demonstrates our steadfast commitment to growing our service business.”

Just Brakes has 134 locations and operates in eight states and 14 major metro markets.

“We welcome Just Brakes’ talented and dedicated team of more than 500 automotive experts to the family, and we are pleased to announce Bill Ihnken, former CEO of Just Brakes, as our president of service,” Windom says.  “We look forward to working together to leverage the combined strengths of our companies as we convert all Just Brakes locations into Pep Boys Service & Tire Centers.”

Since 1921, Pep Boys has been one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket chains. Today it has more than 7,500 service bays in over 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

Established in 1980, Just Brakes has grown from a single location in Bryan, Texas, to more than 134 locations in eight states and 14 major markets. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Pep Boys

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