The company’s growth, fueled by a global market demand for its services, shows no signs of slowing down. FASTSIGNS finalized thirty-eight new center agreements in 2012 to become the largest sign and graphics franchisor in North America and expects to see the same numbers in 2013. The worldwide franchisor has already opened eighteen new centers and signed twenty-two agreements this year, calling for new centers in Chicago’s West Loop, Orange County, California, and Carrollwood, Florida, as well as six new centers across Canada.
FASTSIGNS’ newest franchisee, Eric Kriemelmeyer, partnered with the booming franchise in an effort to expand his already extensive industry knowledge and plans to open his center in the Waldorf area in the fourth quarter of 2013.
“After spending nearly twenty years in the printing and graphics industry, I knew I wanted to expand my business into the signage and wide format categories, but I didn’t have the specific printing equipment or relationships with manufacturers that I needed,” said Kriemelmeyer, who has been local to the Waldorf area much of his life. “Research led me to FASTSIGNS, and I learned that the company would support me with everything I need, from technology expertise to specific production questions, to ensure the long-term success of my business.”
As part of the support provided to all FASTSIGNS franchisees, Kriemelmeyer will receive assistance with marketing, site selection, and construction management services. His center will also benefit from the company’s proven business model and operations systems in addition to the brand recognition of a global network. All owners also receive ongoing training and support related to the industry, products and services, and general business.
FASTSIGNS is also involved in a variety of franchisee support initiatives, including a franchise lending program created by The Bancorp Bank and Franchise America Finance, giving the company a $6 million credit facility for start-up and expanding franchisees for new center development. In addition, the company offers special incentives to any veterans that choose to open a FASTSIGNS center, including a 50 percent reduced franchise fee of $18,250 and reduced royalties for the first twelve months.
“The momentum we’ve had to date, with these new agreements and openings, in addition to ongoing third-party acknowledgment from organizations like Entrepreneur magazine and the Franchise Research Institute continue to validate FASTSIGNS as the No. 1 sign and graphics franchise in North America,” said Mark Jameson, FASTSIGNS Senior Vice President of Franchise Support & Development. “We are proud of this title and will continue focusing on being a great partner to our current franchisees while expanding the FASTSIGNS brand.”
FASTSIGNS International, Inc., is the worldwide franchisor for the more than 540 FASTSIGNS sign, graphic and visual communications centers in eight countries including the US (and Puerto Rico), Canada, England, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).
For franchise information, call Mark Jameson at 214/346-5679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.