While the majority of Matco Tools Franchisees operate their business as an owner-operator, Matco also has a program for those with even greater ambition. The Matco Distributor Plus+ multi-store program offers successful franchisees the opportunity to become the owner of several stores within an area.
Matco Franchisees can own up to 3 stores as an owner-operator, or up to 5 stores as a full-time owner-investor.
As the owner of a single franchise, Matco Distributors also act as the operators of their business. Their responsibilities include all business activities from inventory management to in-person service at automotive shops. However, as a Franchisee acquires a second or even third store, their role as the operator begins to transition. Time spent on day-to-day activities decreases as the manager role over employees who operate trucks #2 and #3 increases.
After starting Franchises #4 And #5, a Matco Franchisee may acquire enough franchise licenses, employees, and exclusive territory to step away from daily operation of a store. At this stage the owner transitions into an executive role over their own franchise group.
Eddie Reyes has been in business for over 20 years. As time has passed, Eddie has been able to expand his business to two trucks and then three. When asked what drives him, he casually grins "I don't know. It's in the blood I guess!"