Photo by Jolene Guzman
Jacob Wharton and Ronnie Magnus work on a car at the Dallas Jiffy Lube on May 9. The store opened on April 10.
As of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
DALLAS — Jiffy Lube isn’t just about oil changes anymore, and the new Dallas location features the expanded services offered at the chain’s “multi-care” centers.
Owner Vince Edwards said the store, 407 E. Ellendale Ave., can do tires, brakes, batteries, transmission service, coolant fluid exchanges, air conditioning recharges, and more.
“We can do just about everything except for major repairs,” Edwards said.
The store opened on April 10.
Oil changes and more
What: Jiffy Lube.
Where: 407 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Edwards operates three other Jiffy Lube stores, two in Southeast Portland and one in Salem. He said the company wanted to expand, so he began searching for possible locations. He visited Dallas about a year ago.
“We came out and scouted out here and we saw this lot and really liked the location and the street, so we decided to go ahead and put it up,” Edwards said.
He said customers have been steady since the early April opening. Edwards said the store recycles as much as possible — oil, oil filters, anti-freeze, and card board.
He added that customers still are learning about Jiffy Lube’s non-oil change services.
“I think it’s kind of new to them, because Jiffy Lube hasn’t been doing it that long, like a year and a half,” Edwards said.
He started his career in the oil change business in 1983, and found it to be a good fit.
“I’ve done it and seen it all,” he said.
He opened his first store in Salem in 1995 and just broke ground on a fifth location in Vancouver, Wash.
The Dallas store has a crew of 10 people now.
“I think we’ve got the right amount of people right now,” Edwards said. “As we grow, we’ll add people.”
Jaden Huff, a manager, said most of the crew members are from the area.
“Most everybody is local. We have a couple people from Salem, but we really just tried to hire from within,” Huff said. “They actually started off commuting to Salem to learn, of course, we transitioned back over here. A lot of local people.”