February 03, 2009 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – Glass Doctor is proud to announce the grand opening of its first Canadian franchise, Glass Doctor of Kawartha Lakes. The franchise owned by Joe and Wendy Barrieau and Brian Stephens is located in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.
"We're pleased to be a part of Glass Doctor, we know it will help us expand our business," Joe Barrieu said. "We've had experience with auto glass at our body shop, and now we are able to offer home and business services as well."
Upon purchasing the franchise territory last September, Joe and Wendy attended the most indepth training in the glass services industry, a 10- day training course on the latest glass repair technology, customer service techniques and marketing methods at the Glass Doctor University Training Center in Waco. Brian Stephens joined the team as outside sales manager and attended training in November.
"We believe Glass Doctor is a premier choice for full-service glass repair and replacement in the United States, and now we are pleased to be able to offer our services in Canada," said Mark Dawson, president of Glass Doctor. "We're delighted Joe and Wendy have joined our franchise team, and we believe their business will be successful because we all operate under the same core values."
Glass Doctor plans to open another franchise in Ontario this spring. The company expects to add as many as 10 Canadian franchises in 2009. Franchise territory is available in Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
(left to right) Wendy and Joe Barrieau and Brian Stephens opened Glass Doctor of Kawartha Lakes in Bobcaygeon Jan. 19, despite temperatures in the single digits and more than five feet of snow. The bottom of the sign is six feet above the ground.
Glass Doctor is the largest chain of full-service glass franchises in the nation. From windows to windshields to storefronts, Glass Doctor can handle any glass need. Glass Doctor also offers custom glass services, such as tub and shower enclosures, entry door glass and mirrors. Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive, and commercial markets at more than 375 locations in the United States. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., an international franchisor of service industry companies, in 1998. At that time the company's corporate headquarters relocated to Waco, Texas. Today there are more than 170 Glass Doctor franchise owners across the United States and Canada.