Rapidly growing company expands with commitment to the environment
April 21, 2008 // Franchising.com // St. Catharines, Ontario (April 3) – Just Junk Inc., one of Canada's most reputable and fastest growing waste management and junk removal companies, will enter the U.S market with initial area franchise opportunities in Florida. The company is searching for U.S entrepreneurs who support the environment and want to become a leading service provider.
Five years ago, Mike Thorne was working with one of Canada's largest corporations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Sitting at his desk in a sea of cubicles, he was asked to remove old office equipment from the 7th floor of his building. After searching unsuccessfully for a junk removal company, it hit him – he realized everything in this world would one day need to be removed and disposed of.
"It was an epiphany," said Thorne. "Within a couple of weeks, I had left my well-paying position and life in Toronto and moved back to my hometown in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I bought a $500.00 cargo van, named my one-man-in-a-van operation JUST JUNK and I opened for business."
From the start, Thorne has had a vision to build North America's largest junk management company. Since that time, the company has become a wildly attractive and successful franchise, with new businesses and ownership requests in locations across Canada and the U.S. Its success is largely attributed to a focus on conservation and recycling, which has helped Thorne win Entrepreneur of the Year, New Business and Top 40 under 40 awards.
"We find that many communities embrace us and appreciate our environmentallyconscious approach," said Rick Dixon, Director of U.S Franchise Development. 60 per cent of the material Just Junk removes from homes and businesses is either recycled or donated to local charities, helping protect and conserve community's watersheds and green space. Just Junk has partnered with many notable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill and the Salvation Army, providing reusable building supplies, household products, toys, furniture and clothing.
Florida's Just Junk area franchise owners will benefit the environment while capitalizing on the booming need for professional junk removal services. One factor for success is the emergence of the do-it-yourself renovation industry. Many homeowners undertake projects that result in large amounts of junk and clutter that can be a burden.
"Renting a disposal bin or personally taking junk to a landfill is often not a simple, practical or cost-effective solution. We help our customers remove their clutter, create space and get organized" added Dixon.
Industry analysts predict that the need for removal services will keep growing as consumers pile up junk and unwanted items with little time to handle their cleanup. Just Junk is aiming to have 100 franchises in the next five years. Interested entrepreneurs can visit www.justjunk.com for more information.
Just Junk removes junk and unwanted materials/items from residential and commercial properties including furniture, appliances, garden refuse, and construction and demolition debris. The firms rates include all labor, loading of the materials from anywhere on the property, clean up and all disposal/recycling fees. Customers are provided with an up-front written estimate before any work begins.