HOODZ Becomes Fastest Growing Franchise in its Category

Nation's Premiere Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Franchise Reaches 100th Location Mark in Less Than a Year

June 03, 2010 // Franchising.com // Ann Arbor, MI - Since BELFOR Franchise Group President John Rotche launched the HOODZ brand in July 2009, the nation's premiere kitchen exhaust cleaning franchise has experienced tremendous quick growth, even during a turbulent economic time. In fact, so much growth that HOODZ has just announced a deal to open its 100th franchise location in just over nine-months since the company's launch.

"I knew HOODZ would have a strong launch because of the regulated, mandated, and repeat service offering in the kitchen exhaust cleaning market." said John Rotche, President of BELFOR Franchise Group, which includes the HOODZ brand. "Word quickly spread about the growth potential of HOODZ, and we were bombarded with ambitious entrepreneurs attracted to our franchise business, ownership models, national partnerships, and ability to make an impact in this niche industry."

The 100th HOODZ location opens in June 2010, and will be operated by Long Beach, Mississippi entrepreneur Kerry Lawrence. The 100th HOODZ location will serve the United States' Gulf Coast, with its territory expanding into portions of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.

"After doing considerable amounts of research on a wide variety of franchise opportunities, I learned that HOODZ was a perfect business concept for me," said Kerry Lawrence of the HOODZ of the Gulf Coast. "Everything from the depth of the training offered by HOODZ corporate to the sustainability of the concept made HOODZ stand out as a business concept with an impressive amount of opportunities for franchisees."

Current HOODZ franchisee Mark Christ, who operates the HOODZ of Orlando, Florida, echoed Lawrence's sentiments, citing a specific aspect that attracted him to the kitchen exhaust cleaning brand.

"One of the things that first caught my eye with the HOODZ brand was how HOODZ offered complete and thorough training for its franchisees," said Christ of the HOODZ of Orlando. "The HOODZ training program helped both myself and other HOODZ franchise owners gain a complete understanding of kitchen exhaust systems. This is extremely important and useful, especially when we are explaining the work we must do to business owners."

HOODZ is the nation's largest and most reputable restaurant kitchen exhaust cleaning franchise. Since its July 2009 launch, HOODZ has been able to fill a previously unsatisfied niche in the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry on a national level, while also becoming an industry leader in a short amount of time.

Tim Mozley, a HOODZ franchisee who currently operates the HOODZ of Columbia, South Carolina stated that, "HOODZ is a business that really prides itself on presenting an extremely professional demeanor and attitude to its customers. This professionalism helps to open many doors in the community and brings in repeat customers who will keep coming back for all their exhaust cleaning needs. With HOODZ, once you've taken care of a customer in a professional manner, franchisees can reap the benefits and have a customer for life."

The company is owned by the BELFOR Franchise Group, a privately held, multi-concept franchise system of BELFOR International, the world's largest property restoration company. HOODZ franchisees work to clean commercial kitchen exhaust systems from the roof-top to cook-top, adhering to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard-96, devoted exclusively to ventilation control and fire protection of commercial cooking operations.

About HOODZ

HOODZ International, the nation's largest and most reputable restaurant kitchen exhaust cleaning franchise, launched in July 2009. Since it began franchising, HOODZ has quickly become the first recognizable national leader in the commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning industry, now operating over 100 franchise locations across the U.S. HOODZ cleans commercial kitchen exhaust systems from roof-top to cook-top, adhering to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard-96, devoted exclusively to ventilation control and fire protection of commercial cooking operations. HOODZ International is a member of International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA). HOODZ International is owned by the BELFOR Franchise Group, a privately held, multi-concept franchise system of BELFOR International, the world's largest property restoration company.

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