FASTSIGNS' Conversion Program Grows Across Canada
FASTSIGNS is expanding in Canada with deals to convert two independently owned sign shops in Ontario into FASTSIGNS franchises. Vesna and Brandon Cestaric of Barrie and Ted Schouten of London will be converting their independent sign shops into FASTSIGNS centres later this year. “I was attracted to FASTSIGNS’ proven business model and the success of its franchise owners,” says Schouten. “I am confident that the franchise’s business development, ongoing sales and marketing support will help me achieve long term growth goals in Ontario and the surrounding areas.”
FASTSIGNS plans to open up to 15 additional franchises over the next two years. The company offers financing for conversion agreements as well as reduced royalties for the first year of operation. “Our expansion into Canada presents a great opportunity for existing independent sign shop owners to become part of a worldwide brand,” says Mark Jameson, FASTSIGNS Senior Vice President of Franchise Support and Development. “With 20 independent sign shops already converted into FASTSIGNS centres within the past 24 months, we look forward to continuing our growth throughout Canada with conversion centres as well as new FASTSIGNS centres.”
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Tim Hortons Opens 500th Restaurant in Quebec
Tim Hortons continues to grow in Quebec where it recently opened its 500th location. Over the past ten years, Tim Hortons has doubled the number of restaurants in Quebec and same-store sales in the province continue to outpace the rest of Canada. Throughout that time, Tim Hortons has worked with restaurant owners in Quebec to tailor the menu to meet regional tastes.
“Quebec is a key market for Tim Hortons,” says Michael Nadeau, Vice President, Quebec, Tim Hortons. “As we continue to expand here, we are looking for community-minded entrepreneurial owners to help us bring the Tim Hortons ‘Always Fresh’ service to the next level.”
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Liquid Nutrition Opens in Toronto
Liquid Nutrition has opened its first downtown Toronto location. Robert Catenacci, the master franchisee for Toronto, plans to open up to 10 locations in the city. “The feedback from consumers during the first couple days of operations has been tremendous. There is a stronger than expected brand awareness among consumers who have seen the brand in Quebec,” says Catenacci. “Many of our initial customers work in the financial services industry and maintain demanding work hours. Liquid Nutrition provides a healthy option for people constantly on the go.”
In addition to the Toronto opening, Liquid Nutrition is scheduled to open at least 20 new stores across North America by the end of 2012, including locations in Oakville, Kingston, Port Coquitlam and Quebec City. “With over 70 franchises sold in the past year, Liquid Nutrition is poised for rapid growth,” says Glenn Young, President and CEO of Liquid Nutrition Group. “This is the first of many new store openings Team Liquid will be celebrating in 2012.” Franchise opportunities are still available in select Canadian, American and global markets.
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COBS Bread thrives on its reputation as the premium purveyor of high quality freshly baked breads for retail sale. COBS carries an array of baked goods including Traditional, Artisan, & Continental breads, signature products like the Cape Seed & Apricot Delight Loaf and a range of sweet and savoury products. They guarantee freshness by producing a broad range of “Real Bread” from raw ingredients within each bakery daily and donate most unsold bread to charities at the end of each day.
Franchise Units Canada: 50
Corporate Units Canada: 20
In Business Since: 2003
Franchising Since: 2006
Franchise Fee: $25K
Available Territories: AB, ON, MB, SK, BC
CFA Member Since: 2008
Massage Addict is a new concept in massage therapy. Positioning ourselves to become the leading national franchise in the massage industry, we have developed an approach to massage therapy that saves clients money and promotes return visits through our yearly membership program. Our unique business concept offers franchisees consistent and predictable revenue and unlimited income potential through multiple location ownership and area development.
Franchise Units Canada: 6
In Business Since: 2008
Franchising Since: 2008
Franchise Fee: $39K
Training: Two weeks
Available Territories: All of Canada
CFA Member Since: 2010
PropertyGuys.com helps today's buyers and sellers connect. How? With franchise operators and their teams in communities across the country helping Canadians do it the PropertyGuys.com way and avoid paying the high cost of traditional real estate commissions. We're not your parents' real estate company. We're North America's largest private sale franchise network. Don't miss out on the opportunity to bring PropertyGuys.com to your community. Check out www.PropertyGuysFranchise.com.
Franchise Units Canada: 112
In Business Since: 1998
Franchising Since: 2002
Franchise Fee: $40K-$75K
Investment Required: $50K-$100K
Training: 5 days at PGU
Available Territories: SK, YT, NT, QC, AB, MB, BC, NB, ON, NU, NL, US, Int
CFA Member Since: 2002
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