Jiffy Lube (2)
Jiffy Lube is an American brand of automotive oil change specialty shops founded in Utah, United States, in 1971. It has been a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell since 2002, and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. The first Jiffy Lube store was established on 36th Street in Ogden, Utah by Edwin H. Washburn as early as 1971. Over the following years, Washburn franchised a number of Jiffy Lube centers within Utah. In 1979, then-football coach at Western Maryland College W. James Hindman bought out Washburn's seven franchises and established Jiffy Lube International, relocating to Baltimore, Maryland. It is this year which Jiffy Lube generally states as its founding date with Hindman as its founder. Jiffy Lube went public in 1987, and had opened 1,020 franchises and company stores by 1989. In 1991, Jiffy Lube became a subsidiary of Pennzoil. Following the merger of Pennzoil and Quaker State in 1998, the 581 Q Lube stores were merged into the Jiffy Lube brand, then possessing 1,541 stores, with overlapping operations being closed down. Pennzoil-Quaker State was ultimately purchased by Shell Oil in 2002.