Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur – Rank no. 157- Interstate All Battery Center – US
Products & Services: Battery store
Number of Locations: 230
Total Investment: $177.6K – 338.79K
Began Franchising: 2000
About Interstate All Battery Center
John Searcy started Interstate Battery System of America in Dallas in 1952 selling car batteries out of the back of a pickup truck. Today, the company sells batteries for a variety of products, including vehicles, camcorders, alarms and electronics through its Web site and nearly 200,000 dealers in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Guam, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.In 1999, Interstate acquired Battery Patrol and became Interstate All Battery Centers to offer franchise opportunities. Interstate All Battery Centers sell more than 16,000 types of batteries and related products.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Franchise Fee: $37,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $200,000
Franchise Ranking History
Interstate Battery System of America, Inc., a.k.a. Interstate Batteries, is a privately owned company that markets automotive batteries manufactured by Johnson Controls through independent distributors to more than 200,000 automotive shops worldwide. The company is based in Dallas, Texas. BSA also markets marine/RV, motorcycle, lawn and garden, and other lines of batteries in the starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) markets.
Its retail stores, the Interstate All Battery Centers, are the second-largest chain of franchised retail battery stores.
Enjoying a reputation for top-quality products, business innovations and consistently reliable service, Interstate Batteries is the No. 1 replacement brand battery in North America. Now over a billion dollar, privately held corporation, Interstate continues to thrive on our innovation, as well as our good old-fashioned business principles founded on treating others like we would like to be treated.
Four lines of business make up our enterprise, employing more than 1,400 team members nationwide.
- Interstate Batteries and Our Distributor Network
- Interstate All Battery Center
- PowerCare and Service Solutions, Inc.
- Interstate Batteries Recycling, Inc.
The Early Years
In the spring of 1950, John Searcy began selling and delivering car batteries to wholesalers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area from the back of his red Studebaker pickup truck. After two years, Searcy founded his new company and named it Interstate Battery System, after the new interstate system being built across the U.S. He based his business on high principles: offer the best-quality product, provide impeccable service and treat the customer with respect.
The Nationwide System
By the 1980s, Interstate had distributorships in all 50 states and Canada. Today, you can even find our Distributors in Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana and Panama, with more on the way.
A Household Name
Retiring in 1978, John Searcy left the company under the leadership of President and Chairman Norm Miller. In the coming years, Interstate would seek to become a household name. Our first venture was the Interstate Batteries Great American Race, which for 13 years took vintage car owners and their vehicles on a two-week, cross-country rally. This opened the door to other marketing opportunities, such as advertising on the Paul Harvey news radio show, going “prime time“ with national TV commercials and sponsoring champion fishermen Guido and Dion Hibdon. In 1990, Norm’s brother Tommy Miller became Interstate Batteries’ President and C.E.O., while Norm remained Chairman of the Board. The company’s presence took off in a new area: NASCAR, now America’s fastest-growing professional sport. Interstate became title sponsor of Coach Joe Gibbs’ new Winston Cup team in 1992, winning the prestigious Winston Cup Championship in 2000. In 2004, Carlos Sepulveda took the helm as President and CEO and continued the legacy of the Interstate Batteries culture, ensuring our customers receive the best product and the most Outrageously Dependable® service. Today, we’re proud of the 60-year old reputation we’ve established and look forward to the next chapter in our history as Scott Miller carries a family legacy as Interstate Batteries’ new President and CEO.
|Industry innovator for 60 years|
All Battery Center retail stores extend battery expertise to consumers
Portable power backed by Outrageously Dependable® service