Second Major Step Taken In Company's Aggressive Expansion Plan; Calls for Hundreds of New Locations Coast to Coast
July 01, 2008 // Franchising.com // Las Vegas, NV – Friendly Computers, the country's largest computer and consumer electronic retail, service and repair franchise touted for reliable and "friendly" customer support, today announced that it has tapped into the services of one of the franchise industry's leading sales professionals to grow the chain more aggressively than ever before. The company's strategic partnership with Olvian Manz and his Las Vegas-based Master Franchise Investments calls for explosive expansion that will more than triple the size of Friendly Computers' U.S. footprint.
"With strong momentum already behind our brand, the partnership with Olvian Manz, who is an established, proven leader in the franchise industry, will take our growth plans up another notch," said Bryan Ward, co-founder and president of Friendly Computers. "He has more than 25 years of expertise in the franchise industry, so, we look forward to utilizing his reputable skills and services to help drive area development with the right partners for our brand."
Manz, who has experience owning and operating franchises as well as entire franchise systems, intends to drive Friendly Computers' growth nationwide from 130-plus locations to more than 500 through area developer agreements with qualified investors. Manz has a proven track record for taking brands from just a handful of units to hundreds and even thousands.
"Friendly Computers exhibits many attributes of today's most successful franchisors," said Manz. The company has developed a superior method of delivering products and services within the consumer electronics industry while offering a solid business model that is changing the face of the industry and raising consumer confidence about technology retail sales and services."
The new partnership with Master Franchise Investments is Friendly Computers' second major step taken this year as part of its strategic growth plan. The first came in early-2008 when the company acquired the Computer Renaissance chain
The growth of Friendly Computers is an inspirational small business success story. From a college dorm to a garage in Las Vegas in 1994, eventually the family-run operations grew to include four brothers (Steve-44, Bryan-43, Michael-42, Timothy-38) and their father (Verlan-68). The family opened their first flagship store in Las Vegas, which still operates today.
Friendly Computers' value proposition includes a comprehensive suite of service offerings from certified technicians at a nationwide average of $88/hour (nearly half the cost of big box chains), 24/7 service, human response to customer calls and affordable new, customized and refurbished computer products.
Founded in 1992, Friendly Computers is now the largest on-site and retail computer repair chain in the country. The company, which began out of a college dorm, provides quick, affordable, and no-hassle computer repair services. In addition to repairing, maintaining and upgrading computer systems, the acquisition of Computer Renaissance better equipped Friendly Computers to offer new, refurbished, and custom-built computers. For more information on Friendly Computers, please visit www.friendlycomputers.com or call 1-888-PCFRIEND (723-7436).