Owners may come and go, but at the retail level the clerk at the counter is unchanged.
In other words, don't expect any changes when you visit Batteries Plus (behind Best Buy on Regency West Drive), just because the Hartland-based retailer was sold today to an Atlanta equity firm, Roark Capital group, owner of such franchisers as Cinnabon and Schlotzky's.
Batteries Plus has 292 franchise stores and 15 company-owned stores in 41 states, generating $200 million in annual sales. The Racine store, along with most others in Wisconsin, is company-owned, according to Ken Burket, corporate store operations manager.
And if your cellphone, car, watch or other battery dies in a few weeks, when you're up in Milwaukee, the company's 16th Wisconsin store is about to open at Bayshore Mall.