Editor’s note: A version of the following story appears in the July 1 issue of BRAIN.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — With a significant new investment from a clean technology fund, mobile service franchiser Velofix is jump-starting its growth with plans to add 30 corporate-owned vans in the U.S. and Canada in the next 12 months.
The company-owned vans will be in addition to those owned by Velofix franchisees, who currently operate vans in 120 territories in North America.
Velofix has hired retail industry veteran and author Donny Perry, who will open the U.S. headquarters in Austin, Texas, to support the corporate vans and franchisee operations. In the coming year, Velofix will become a much larger operation, with plans to add 20 new employees in Austin and at its offices in Vancouver, plus 50-60 new mechanics to operate the corporate vans, CEO and co-founder Chris Guillemet said. Besides the new employees and facilities, the privately held company will, for the first time in years, own vans and inventory.
“It’s a shift for sure,” Guillemet told BRAIN. “But when we launched, we did own vans corporately. We’ve done it before.”
He emphasized that Velofix will continue to sell and support franchises …read more