Leonesio says. Typically, the franchise looks for metro
areas with 500,000 population or larger. “We believe there
are about 1,200 potential locations in the country,”
The potential for Flip Flop Shops appears to be considerable.
The Kennesaw, Georgia-based chain of shops selling flip
flops, sandals, and casual footwear lacks direct competition
from any comparable chain, says President Brian Curin.
And, with walls stocked with products bearing names
resonant of waves and sand, the retailer appeals to anyone
who enjoys an active lifestyle. “We carry the hottest brands
and latest styles of flip flops and sandals,” Curin says.
A member of the Inc. 500 list of the countries fastest-growing
companies, Flip Flop Shops ranked number 170 in 2012 by
virtue of a 2,000-percent growth rate. Today, the company
has 72 franchise locations open in the United States,
Canada, and the Caribbean, and will open another 35
locations this year.
To franchisees, Flip Flop Shops presents an opportunity to
earn a living while staying steeped in the mellow surfing
world. “We wear shorts, t-shirts, jeans, and flip flops. That’s
the culture,” Curin says. “It allows people to have a sort of
laidback lifestyle. And there aren’t a lot of lifestyle franchises
The theme doesn’t restrict Flip Flop Shop to beach locales.
Primarily a mall-based concept, it generally goes into the top
retail center in any market it enters. This year, Curin will expand
to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Domestically, the franchise has departed from the malls to
open its first airport location, in Las Vegas. And it has a
couple of shops at Universal Studios, which Curin regards
as a certificate of authenticity for the chain’s originality. “It’s
the first time in the history of Universal that they’ve allowed
an outside retailer to sell in the theme park,” Curin says. “And
we are still the only outside retailer allowed.”
Bedbug Chasers is built on the principle that bed bug
infestations no longer have to be a life altering event. The
New Jersey-based company employs proprietary heat
remediation technology to effectively and efficiently kill all
stages of bed bugs in a safe, green, chemical-free manner.
One of Bedbug Chasers’ biggest advantages for consumers
is speed. The company’s treatments take just hours as
opposed to traditional methods that can require up to four
to six weeks. “With our proprietary heaters and process,
preparation is minimal and you can leave for work or school
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in the morning confident that by the time you return, your
home will be bed bug free,” CEO Dean Averna says.
“We offer our franchises a very specific formula for success,”
Averna adds. “We are focused on an industry that has
grown 500 percent in the last five years and is starting to
reach epidemic proportion with all 50 states reporting bed
Bedbugs Chasers currently operates a single corporate-owned location servicing New Jersey, New York, and
Pennsylvania. Interest in the franchise has been beyond
expectation, Averna reports. Initial projections were to open 15
franchises this year. “With the overwhelming response that we
continue to receive, we may exceed that figure,” Averna says.
Seniors Helping Seniors has regularly met or exceeded
growth targets for expansion of its network of businesses
providing non-medical in-home care to seniors. “We have
been consistently ranked among the fastest growing franchise
organizations for several years in all of the major franchise
rankings, and we rank even higher among home-based
franchises,” says Philip Yocom, co-founder and CEO of the
Reading, Pennsylvania-based company.
Its goals have been aggressive: To double the size of its
franchise community each of its first five years in business.
The result of its success in reaching that objective is a system
of more than 200 franchise territories
Seniors Helping Seniors incorporates caring as a central
component of its approach to business and what it offers
franchisees. Members of its franchise community employ
seniors to provide non-medical assistance to senior clients.
The help may range from companionship to home
maintenance. Franchisees report that, whatever the task,
they have benefited personally as well as financially from the
experience of earning a living helping others.
The franchiser has territories in more than 40 states and
recently began pursuing international expansion, with
England as the initial overseas growth target. Yocom promises
lots of additional activity on the expansion front in 2013. “This
spring we are launching our most aggressive growth
campaign yet,” he says.
Soccer Shots recently launched its 128th new franchise
location, up from 99 a year ago. The Middletown,
Pennsylvania-based chain of youth soccer development
businesses offers people who love soccer a chance to turn
that passion into a career. Franchisees work with kids to
develop their soccer skills as well as their individual characters.