FASTSIGNS International, Inc.—the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic, and visual communications centers—has announced plans to increase its California presence with seven to ten new locations a year for the next five years. Adding to the forty-five centers already operating throughout the state, the first six of these franchise agreements have already been inked with entrepreneurs who are opening FASTSIGNS centers in Irving, La Jolla, Lake Forest, Long Beach, Palo Alto, and Petaluma.
“When it comes to domestic expansion, California ranks at the top of our list of key growth markets,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development at FASTSIGNS. “The success of our current locations and market demand are an impetus to our development strategy. While we are targeting our efforts statewide, our focus will be heavily on Southern California, including Los Angeles and Orange counties.”
In addition to new center franchise opportunities, FASTSIGNS offers Co-Brand and Conversion franchise programs for independent sign and print shop owners who are interested in diversifying their services and gaining ongoing support from the leading brand in the sign and graphics industry.
For the new Lake Forest franchise partner and father of two young children, quality of life and flexibility attracted him to the business-to-business franchise model. Roger Toung, an engineer with fifteen years of experience, explained, “When I began considering entrepreneurship, I knew the franchise route would be my best path. I wanted to completely transition my career into a new field, therefore the built-in support structure provided by the franchisor as well as the already proven business model were going to be essential to my success.
“The best part about joining FASTSIGNS is that I’m investing in a sustainable business that I can eventually pass down to my children.”
* According to the International Franchise Association’s 2014 Franchise Business Economic Outlook report.