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Pat Walby and Phil of Brake Brothers.
By Liz Harman
Staff Writer
Patrick Walby and Philip Walby's livelihood is repairing brakes. But the growth of their chain of Brake Depot stores shows no signs of slowing down.
Since going into business five years ago, the brake brothers, (Patrick Walby and Philip Walby) along with partner John Dacey, have opened 15 locations in San Diego County and five in Orange County. Last August, they opened five more shops in Charlotte, N.C.
This year, the company projects revenues of $5.2 million. Eventually, the trio would like to have as many of 1,500 locations nationally, making Brake Depot do for brakes what Midas has done for mufflers.

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Patrick Walby at the Brake Brothers office, in Oregon

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