The company’s goal: To leave lasting, positive impact on
every child served.
Plans are to open 30 new locations during 2013. To
supplement the Soccer Shots locations scattered across the
United States the franchise is targeting New England,
including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, and Vermont as well as the Chicago, Houston, New
Orleans, and metropolitan areas.
Soccer Shots was founded by a team with a combination
of collegiate and professional soccer-playing backgrounds
as well as more than 30 years of business experience. The
concept gives kids ages 2 through 8 a high-energy, fun,
age-appropriate introduction to the game of soccer.
“We realize that it’s vitally important for children, in their first
sport experience, to be encouraged, have fun, and be
taught in a way that they can truly learn,” says partner Justin
Bredeman. “It’s incredibly satisfying to build a business and
offer a franchise opportunity to others through soccer.”
Satisfying man’s best friend is the goal of Dogtopia. The
Tyson’s Corner, Virginia-based company provides dog
daycare, boarding, and spa services at 26 locations across
the country. That number is expected to double by the end
of 2013, according to the company.
Consumers are buying into Dogtopia’s “ love.love.play”
philosophy to the extent that more than 90-percent pre-pay
for future services. Franchisees appreciate the way this
virtually eliminates worries about accounts receivables.
Franchisees also like the multiple revenue streams generated
by a combination of dog daycare, boarding, spa, grooming,
and retail services.
Smashburger’s combination of premium hamburgers --
prepared with a special process that smashes meatballs into
patties -- with a broad menu including chicken, fries and
handspun shakes gives the fast-casual chain a special
appeal to diners. At just shy of six years old, the chain has
200 corporate and franchise locations in 30 states. By the
end of the year, there should be a total of 250.
Brett Willis, senior vice president of franchise sales for the
Denver-based company says one franchisees like the way
their lunch sales are bolstered with nearly as strong business
at dinner. “We believe that’s due to some of our burger and
beer pairings in the evening,” he says. Colorado, Texas and
California have the most Smashburgers; New Jersey is the
fourth biggest state. For new franchises, Smashburger is
looking for locations in the top 50 U.S. markets, particularly
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When it comes to powerful brand names, few franchises can
offer an opportunity equal to Tide Dry Cleaners. The
Cincinnati-based company operated by a subsidiary of
Procter & Gamble aims to extend the venerable Tide laundry
detergent logo with a chain of businesses offering consumers
dry cleaning and laundry services.
The concept’s premise is straightforward: Leverage the
industry-leading laundry detergent’s more than six decades of
name recognition, in combination with P&G’s well-developed
marketing prowess, to craft a dry cleaning experience delivering
customer service and quality that creates a compelling
alternative to the neighborhood dry cleaner.
In tribute to its audacious premise and thoroughbred lineage,
Tide Dry Cleaners has attracted plenty of recognition from
the retail industry. Since starting franchising in 2009, the
company has also attracted enough qualified franchise
candidates to have opened 15 locations in the Midwest,
Southeast, and Southwest.
In 20 years of franchising, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
has attracted enough franchisees to open more than 1,500
franchised and corporate locations. Consumers are enticed by
the Champaign, Illinois-based chain of sub sandwich shops’
emphasis on wholesome, fresh ingredients prepared on location.
The sandwich bread is baked daily in each store. And every
order is made within 30 seconds to the customer’s specification.
Franchisees also appreciate the chain’s business prospects.
About half own multiple locations. Jimmy John’s has a
presence in 42 states and is seeking additional franchisees
across the country.
Franchisees seeking fast-growing concepts have a lot going
for them in today’s environment, according to Seid. Among
the most appealing features right now, from the standpoint
of the would-be franchisee, is the softest real estate market
in decades. “Landlords are coming to the table with what
they came with 20 years ago, which is free rent and
contributions to construction,” Seid says. “That’s driving
down the cost for some of the higher fixed-cost concepts.”
With the welcoming environment and a wide selection of
well-designed and -supported concepts available to
prospective franchisees, Seid sees this as an attractive time
for going into business as a franchise owner. “It’s an interesting
very fluid market,” he says. “There are some wonderful things
happening and some great brands coming out.”