AutoStream Car Care Acquires Sixth Location
Feb. 21, 2020—Doug Grills and Rick Levitan have acquired a 44-year-old tire and automotive business in Baltimore, Md., to expand their network of AutoStream Car Care locations.
Convenience Retailing LLC, dba AutoStream Car Care, purchased Brentwood Automotive from Ed Nemphos, the founder of the Baltimore business. It becomes the sixth location of the AutoStream Car Care chain.
Art Blumenthal LLC managed the marketing and ultimate sale of the business.
Brentwood Automotive started as an import shop, and eventually grew into servicing both imported and domestic vehicles. Fifteen years ago the business expanded again and began selling tires—with brands including Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Goodyear, Kelly, Dunlop, Bridgestone, Firestone, Continental, Cooper, Fuzion, Hankook, Kumho, Nitto and Yokohama.
AutoStream Car Care owners and business partners Doug Grills and Rick Levitan acquired both the Brentwood Automotive business and associated real estate. AutoStream Car Care has five other locations in Baltimore, Howard County, Md., and Montgomery County, Md.
Neither Grills nor Levitan had an automotive service background initially.
“Rather than being auto service technicians who eventually started our own business, we both developed powerful business disciplines working as executives for one of the world’s major oil and gas corporations," Levitan said. “Those foundations provided us the business savvy and abilities to focus on serving customers and developing marketing plans, while enlisting the help of auto service professionals to cover the technical side of the equation.”