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KMART, TEXACO JOIN FORCES WITH 750 QUICK LUBE CENTERS

 KMART, TEXACO JOIN FORCES WITH 750 QUICK LUBE CENTERS
 TROY, Mich., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) and


the Texaco Lubricants Company today announced they have signed an installed merchandising and service agreement for 750 quick lube service bays to be fully operational in Kmart Automotive Centers by 1994. On Nov. 8, the initial roll-out of 55 centers, which will offer guaranteed 30-minute (a) service, will open in Michigan.
 The 750 Kmart Quick Lube Service Centers will be integrated into the 1,000 automotive service centers Kmart operates across the country.
 "Today's shopper enjoys one-stop convenience," said Harold W. Parkison, divisional vice president, Kmart automotive and accessories. "Our partnership with Texaco combines their expertise in the quick lube business and Kmart's extensive network of automotive service centers."
 "The Kmart Quick Lube Centers provide Texaco with a convenient outlet for our services and products," said Bill Dobson, manager of national accounts, Texaco Lubricants Company. "With a five-year, quick lube track record and Kmart's popularity with America's shopper, we're confident this partnership will be a winner for everyone."
 Under the installed merchandising and service agreement, Texaco will provide training for Kmart automotive service associates.
 Included with the 30-minute (a) "guaranteed or free" oil change, service technicians will check vehicle fluid levels, tire pressure, clean windshields and top off windshield washer fluid.
 During the introductory roll-out of the Kmart Quick Lube Centers, all of the 30-minute (a) oil change services will be provided for the introductory price of $13.97. The regular price will be $18.97.
 Texaco Lubricants Company North America, a division of Texaco Refining and Marketing, Inc., is the No. 1 marketer of finished lubricants in the U.S., offering a full line of lubricants and coolants to a diverse marketplace. The company's Havoline motor oils hold a 13.0-percent share of the domestic premium motor oil market, the highest of all major oil company brands, reflecting a high degree of customer satisfaction and confidence in this quality line of products.
 Kmart Corporation is the parent company for PayLess Drug Stores, Builders Square, Waldenbooks, PACE Membership Warehouse Clubs, OfficeMax and The Sports Authority. Combined with its 2,400 Kmart stores, the retail giant serves the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada with more than 4,000 retail outlets in all.
 (a) -- 30 minutes from start of job.
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 /CONTACT: Darlene Park of Kmart, 313-643-1077/
 (KM TX) CO: Kmart Corporation; Texaco Lubricants Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT REA SU: PDT JVN


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