Take 5 Oil Change is opening the first of several Augusta-area stores in December.
A new concept in oil changes will be coming to metro Augusta by the end of the year.
Take 5 Oil Change is opening the first of what it hopes to be as many as six area stores at 3131 Washington Road by December. Spartanburg, S.C.-based WSM Ventures LLC, the franchise operator, said the west Augusta location would be followed by stores in south Augusta and Aiken early next year.
“Eventually, we’d like to have four, five or six stores in the area,” WSM President Scott Montgomery said.
Take 5 Oil Change is a drive-through quick-lube concept where customers do not leave their car while technicians change their oil. The New Orleans-based chain operates more than 500 service centers nationwide.
Montgomery said he wanted to be an operator because the company focuses solely on oil changes.
“There’s no pressure-selling for anything else – all we do is oil changes,” Montgomery said. “We try to get people in and out in five to 10 minutes.”
Customers get a free bottle of water while they wait and can pay with a touchless payment app. Prices start in the $40s and range higher for synthetic oil.
The Washington Road store will occupy a former Wachovia drive-through bank branch on the southeast corner of the Goodwill Industries campus, next to the Pep Boys auto parts store and service center. The original location, the former South State Bank branch at 3133 Washington Road, drew protests from Goodwill during county rezoning hearings.
The nonprofit and WSM Ventures then entered into a property swap that exchanged the 0.4-acre former South State branch for the 0.6-acre former Wachovia drive-through. Goodwill plans to turn the former South State branch into a welcome center, and is requesting $750,000 in SPLOST VIII funding to convert the property into a “gateway landmark” for the campus.
The second area Take 5 will be developed at 1462 Jackson Road, a parking lot near the Wrightsboro Road intersection that is bordered by Lulu’s car wash, a Subway and a CVS Pharmacy. Montgomery said his company is exploring two pieces of real estate in Aiken and is interested in property in North Augusta and Evans.
“The real estate is important,” Montgomery said. “We try to be quick, easy and convenient, so if you’re off the beaten path, you’re not as convenient.”
Each Take 5 store will employ 10. The company has hired Joe Rovito, former manager of the Sears Auto Care Center that closed this spring at Augusta Mall, as its general manager in Augusta.
WSM Ventures is currently developing Take 5 stores in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.
“Those areas don’t have the population growth that Augusta has,” Montgomery said. “It’s phenomenal.”