FASTSIGNS International, Inc., recently announced the opening of a new center location in Queens, New York under the support of franchising industry veteran Greg Carafello of Executive Franchise Group, LLC. Carafello is working to utilize his New York business relationships to bring this region’s centers through the process from opening to actively thriving business. As part of his Area Representative Agreement with FASTSIGNS®, Carafello agreed to develop new FASTSIGNS locations in all of the city’s five boroughs, as well as oversee franchise development and provide operational support for the market throughout its ongoing growth. FASTSIGNS currently has two existing locations in Manhattan and Staten Island, with plans to develop more than twenty additional centers in the coming years. With this plan in place, FASTSIGNS has the opportunity to penetrate the business market and increase the market share.
FASTSIGNS of South Ozone Park in Queens is the first of its kind to open under the direction of Carafello. Franchisees, Candy and Graydon Grush have converted their current sign business to a FASTSIGNS center, and as a conversion, the center is well on its way to success with a ready-to-utilize book of business.
“After joining one of the most respected names in franchising and number one in the signage segment, I have begun to drive FASTSIGNS’ expansion throughout New York City,” said Carafello. “I know that Candy and Graydon Grush, franchisees with FASTSIGNS of South Ozone Park, are the right candidates for the brand, and I look forward to positioning them for success and supporting them for many years to come.”
Expansion in the NYC metro area includes additional locations that are planned, already sold and under development such as White Plains, New York; New York City; and the West Hempstead area of Long Island.
“We are extremely excited to have this Queens location as a first step in Greg spearheading FASTSIGNS’ growth efforts in the New York City area,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We are confident that with nearly four decades of experience in the franchise and sign and graphics industries in the local market, this is a great first step for Greg to drive our expansion in an area with so much potential.”