FASTSIGNS Expands Canadian Footprint with 16 New Franchise Locations
CARROLLTON, TX—February 19, 2014—On the heels of its banner year for sales and growth in 2013, FASTSIGNS, the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS sign, graphic and visual communications centers in eight countries, will be launching extended expansion efforts in Canada.
As part of the strategy, the franchise will be exhibiting at Booth No. 315 at the Canadian Franchise Association's The Franchise Show, Feb. 22 and 23 in Toronto. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with FASTSIGNS representatives, to discuss the franchise buying process and learn more about the company's proven business model, high franchise partner satisfaction rankings, and special financing program for military veterans.
"We've spent the past 20 years building successful centers and franchise partner relationships throughout Canada, and with this continued growth strategy we're looking to expand on this by growing with new franchise partners in select markets," stated Mark Jameson, executive vice president of Franchise Support and Development at FASTSIGNS. "Meeting potential partners at The Franchise Show will be a catalyst for these efforts, giving us the opportunity to build new relationships and reconnect with those who have expressed an interest in joining our family."
In 2013, FASTSIGNS signed 37 new franchise agreements, eight of which were in new territories throughout Canada. In addition, FASTSIGNS opened 30 centers across the world, including several in Canada and Puerto Rico. The company's expansion plans for 2015 include signing 45 franchise agreements and opening 40 new centers throughout the United States and Canada.
FASTSIGNS is looking for an entrepreneur of particular excellence in Quebec to lead expansion in the market as its master franchise partner or as an area developer to open new centers. This partner will lead franchise procurement in the market to help FASTSIGNS increase its presence with the addition of 15 new centers. Additionally, the franchisor is looking to add Co-Brand, conversion and new center partners in the following target markets throughout Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, the Greater Toronto area and Saskatchewan.
FASTSIGNS franchise partners benefit from joining one of the leading brands in the sign and graphics industry, giving them access to up-to-date information on the latest technology, cost savings and relationships with national vendors and suppliers, comprehensive marketing and visual communications solutions and the support that comes from networking with FASTSIGNS centers nationwide.
Due to this and its open-door, constant flow of communication with franchise partners, the franchisor was recognized as the Gold winner of the 2013 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Award of Excellence in Franchising in the Traditional—Mature Category. FASTSIGNS was also honored as a recipient of the Franchisees' Choice designation for the second time.
Each FASTSIGNS location provides marketing and visual communications solutions to businesses, organizations and events of all types and sizes. FASTSIGNS offers a variety of sign and graphics solutions—including banners, building signs, digital signage, yard signs, vehicle graphics, decals, trade show exhibits and displays, point-of-purchase signs, and posters, as well as mobile websites, promotional products, interior décor, branding, printing and other marketing services.
FASTSIGNS International is the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 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). FASTSIGNS provides comprehensive visual communications solutions to help customers of all sizes—across all industries—meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility through the use of signs, graphics, printing, promotional products and related marketing services. FASTSIGNS was ranked number one for three consecutive years in the sign and graphics category in the Entrepreneur Magazine annual Franchise 500.