Tulsa, Okla., April 16, 2008 - Thrifty Car Rental, a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG), continues its expansion, recently adding four new franchised locations to its network of U.S. locations. To date, Thrifty Car Rental has 348 locations in the U.S., 151 of which are franchise-owned and operated.
New locations are opening in markets that include New Britain, Conn., Lafayette, Ind., Asheville, N.C. and San Antonio, Texas.
"We are pleased to announce these latest additions to the Thrifty Car Rental network of franchisees," said Jeff Cerefice, Vice President, U.S. Franchise Operations. "While Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. has a strategy of operating corporately in the larger U.S. markets, we continue on a course of franchising in the mid-size to smaller markets. These new franchisees will be great additions to the Thrifty Car Rental team."
In New Britain, Conn., owner Salvatore Vaccaro has opened a local market Thrifty Car Rental location at 296 Allen Street. He will focus on growing Thrifty Car Rental's presence in Connecticut, with plans to open additional rental locations in neighboring towns.
Tom and Patricia Eden of Lafayette, Ind., have opened Thrifty Car Rental inside their AAMCO franchise at 4210 Commerce Drive. They plan to have a fleet of 40 to 50 vehicles in the summer.
In Asheville, N.C., Joe DiFeo, Sr. and Joe DiFeo, Jr. have opened a local market Thrifty Car Rental operation inside their Thrifty Car Sales dealership at 835 Brevard Road. They have been Thrifty Car Sales dealers since 2004, and Joe DiFeo, Jr. currently serves as a member of the Thrifty Car Sales Dealer Advisory Group.
In San Antonio, Texas, Richie Davis, Erik Baerresen, Drake Baerresen and Matt Griffin are operating a Thrifty Car Rental location inside their new Thrifty Car Sales dealership at 8187 Bandera Road. The location has a rental fleet of approximately 50 vehicles on rent. The partners just recently opened the dealership, having provided advertising and marketing services to automotive dealerships in 28 states through their company, Turn-Key Events.
About Thrifty Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental is a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Together with its corporately-owned locations and those of its franchise owners, the Thrifty Car Rental brand serves value-conscious travelers from more than 1,028 locations in 68 countries. For additional information, visit www.dtag.com or www.thrifty.com.