Fantastic Sams Hair Salons Is 'stylin' In Atlanta

Leading hair salon chain plans for 44 locations in Atlanta in the next five years

December 28, 2007 // Franchising.com // Boston, MA. – Fantastic Sams, a full service hair salon brand with nearly 1400 salons in the US and Canada, is continuing its expansion into the Atlanta market. The company recently opened two additional franchise locations in the Atlanta area located in Douglasville Marketplace in Douglasville, GA and The Shoppes at Morningside in Cartersville, GA.

The salon openings in Douglasville and Cartersville are part of a broader growth plan that calls for 44 new locations in the Atlanta region in the next five years. Currently, there are 35 Fantastic Sams Salons in the Atlanta market.

"We are incredibly excited about our growth in Atlanta," said Jeff Sturgis, Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development for Fantastic Sams. "As the leading full service salon brand, we look forward to offering the highest quality salon services to our guests."

In Douglasville, franchise owner Shelia Bettis is no stranger to Fantastic Sams. She has been with Fantastic Sams for 15 years as a stylist, educator and salon manager in New Orleans. She is thrilled to now start her new role as an owner and is committed to the organization and relocated to Atlanta to open her own Fantastic Sams salon.

In Cartersville, franchise owners, Stuart and Susan Gohd turned to franchising as "second careers". Stuart was formerly a Vice President for 13 years with Public Storage, Inc. and Susan was a stay-at-home mom, formerly a Mortgage Account Executive with Academy Financial. The Gohd's are planning to develop three salons in the Metro-Atlanta area.

"Fantastic Sams continues to expand its brand in markets all across the country," Sturgis added. "We are very pleased to be working with these entrepreneurs in developing the brand in the local market and building upon our strong history, rich heritage and loyal customer base."

Fantastic Sams offers a full range of hair salon services to its clients, providing them with the best in full service hair care and professional hair salon products. Salon stylists are always up-to-date on the latest styles and trends. From haircuts to styles, to straightening, to color services, and more…Fantastic Sams offers full salon services at affordable prices.

Already a big player in the $59 billion hair salon industry, Fantastic Sams is fueling interest in their development plans with a cutting-edge, client centric salon design for franchise owners.

Fantastic Sams is currently concentrating its efforts on attracting quality franchise partners who want to invest in a leading hair salon brand with a solid operating system and a strong corporate support structure. The average initial investment to open a Fantastic Sams Hair Salon (ranging from $100,000 to $225,000) and the company's fixed fee royalties make it one of the most competitive opportunities in the industry. "With Fantastic Sams' attractive economic model, experienced franchise partners find our brand a worthwhile investment," added Sturgis.

"Prospective franchise owners for Fantastic Sams should have well developed people skills to be successful. Our best salon owners set a standard for guest service that translates into highly trained and motivated hair stylists. Our guests recognize the difference when they step into our salons," said Sturgis. "We have become the leading full service hair salon brand by offering the best in salon services and products, and by creating a customer loyalty that sets us apart from our competition."

ABOUT FANTASTIC SAMS

With nearly 1,400 salons located throughout North America, Fantastic Sams (www.fantasticsams.com) is one of the world's largest full service hair care franchises with an excellent reputation for providing quality hair care services for the entire family. Opening their first salon in July 1974, Fantastic Sams began franchising in 1976, marketing their "fixed fee" system and "no appointments" necessary concept to entrepreneurs seeking to own and operate their own successful business.

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