Johnny Nguyen, who lives in Buckeye but has been with Brakes Plus for years, said he noticed a distinct need for a shop of this quality in Goodyear.
So, the general manager made it happen.
On July 18, Nguyen and Brakes Plus partnered with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon and formally open.
Located at 760 N. Estrella Parkway, the store is the 18th in Arizona and 81st in the United States, but the first in Goodyear.
“A lot of people come down Estrella Parkway from neighboring towns or communities, and we’d heard there was a need for somebody out here because the other ones just didn’t have enough to meet their needs,” Nguyen said.
As the name suggests, Nguyen said Brakes Plus is focused on car brakes, but the quality servicemen and -women are able to work on just about any aspect of vehicle repair or maintenance.
The space has nine service bays manned by quality technicians and supervisors, many of whom were top employees at other Brakes Plus or related locations.
Besides providing great service, marketing director Brenda Goentzel said Goodyear is a ripe market for a shop such as theirs, which should help the business thrive.
“It’s a growing area. And we want to make sure we establish ourselves as a business here early so we can build a loyal clientele even before it potentially booms,” Goentzel said.
And, if the first few weeks are any indication, that boom is coming. Nguyen said since the soft opening in late May, sales have been higher than expected for a business first welcoming customers onto the premises.
Executive Vice President of Marketing Josh Henderson said he has full trust in the staff to make sure that trend continues.
“When we’ve got talent like Johnny and the people around him working here, and a big and growing market, I think we’re in pretty good shape,” he said.
760 N. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear