A retired firefighter and his wife have opened a Christian Brothers Automotive franchise in Leander. It is the city’s first and the fourth Christian Brothers Automotive location in the greater Austin area.
Brad and Crystal Escue recently opened the location, and say that area residents looking for knowledgeable, honest and genuine car repairs as well as an accommodating shuttle service should call to schedule an appointment.
Brad served his community in Houston as a firefighter for more than 14 years, and said he brings the same commitment to his new store in Leander. Feeling the call to serve, Brad explained that he looked for an opportunity to become his own boss and help others, so he turned to Christian Brothers Automotive. He hopes to positively impact Leander with the new CBA store in the often overwhelming auto repair industry.
“We love the family atmosphere and community Leander provides,” said Brad. “We are really excited to partner up with other local businesses and charities and find opportunities to serve. I think that’s number one thing we’re here to do: seeking people to help out and serving the community the best we can. We’re really excited to be this community’s staple or ‘light on the hill.’ If anyone needs prayer, guidance, love or a shoulder to lean on in times of need, we want to provide that along with a positive experience.”
Inspired by his two daughters and Crystal, Brad chose to open an auto repair shop as a way to serve his community while still being present for his growing family.
“We come from a big city,” Brad explained. “Here in Leander, you’re not just a face in the crowd. Out here, you get to build great community relationships and grow those relationships. We love that personal feeling. We love to grow close to people and in an area like this, there is a great opportunity to do that.”
CBA’s faith-based approach to car care and customer service resonated with him, and opening his own shop offered him the perfect balance of work, service and family. Brad hopes to give back to CBA by becoming a certified trainer, helping new franchisees open their stores and spreading CBA’s mission.
“We’re dedicated to this city,” said Crystal. “We moved here just three months ago but we have brought out family with us and it is an honor to be here. We’re going to give this city our all: we’re invested and we know the people here are too.”
The Escues joined the CBA franchise system 2 years ago and Brad said that he and his wife complement each other’s style in handling the business.
“Crystal and I communicate very well together,” said Brad. “That communication has led us to be able to work well in this type of environment. Crystal handles the accounting and marketing side of things and I focus more on managing the crew and the shop itself.”
Christian Brothers Automotive operates more than 180 locations in 26 states. Founder and CEO Mark Carr opened the first location in Houston in 1982. The company says that its locations seek to provide car repairs in a timely and trustworthy manner, embracing an “open shop” policy designed to give customers the information they need to navigate repair-related decisions with confidence.
Christian Brothers Automotive began selling franchises in 1996 and is adding 15 to 20 new stores annually.
The new store is located at 120 E. Sonny Drive in Leander. Business hours are Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.