Flip Flop Shops Selected as a Top Military Friendly Franchise

G.I. Jobs Magazine Names Flip Flop Shops to Its Prestigious 2012 List of Military Friendly Franchises®; North America’s Leading Flip Flop and Sandal Retailer Ranks in the Top 10 Percent of All Franchises Nationwide

May 17, 2012 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Flip Flop Shops, North America’s first retail chain exclusive to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and sandals, has been named a top Military Friendly Franchise® by G.I. Jobs magazine for 2012.

The magazine’s prestigious Military Friendly Franchises® list identifies franchises that demonstrate the best practices in recruiting military members as franchisees. This honor ranks Flip Flop Shops in the top 10 percent of all franchises nationwide.

“We’re honored to be named a top Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs,” said Brian Curin, the President (Size 10) of Flip Flop Shops. “We’ve been supporting military members since the very beginning with a franchise system designed to help these heroes become small business owners with our growing retail concept…if anyone deserves to ‘Free Their Toes,’ it’s the men and women who serve and protect us on a daily basis.”

Committed to helping veterans transition into small business ownership, military members receive a $2,000 discount on the initial Flip Flop Shops franchise fee, as well as extensive support and training to help them reach their professional goals as members of the franchise. The company’s continued support and training includes: business planning, site selection and real estate expertise, in-house design and construction consultation, a public relations national brand building efforts, local shop marketing toolkits, and field support, among other resources.

“Easing the cost to open a Flip Flop Shops is the least we could do as a franchise system to show our support for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. We are deeply appreciative of everything our troops have done to protect our freedom,” added Darin Kraetsch, the CEO (Size 10) of Flip Flop Shops.

The Military Friendly Franchises list is determined through extensive research by the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Franchises team, which included a comprehensive survey of more than 4,000 franchises. The survey questioned the following key areas in each franchise system: the number and percent of veteran-owned franchises, programs and policies in place that measure a franchise’s non-financial efforts to recruit and retain military veterans, and a franchise’s financial efforts to recruit and retain military veterans.

“The Military Friendly Franchises list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, the Director of G.I. Jobs. “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places Flip Flop Shops in this elite group, and is a testimony to its world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested in franchise opportunities.”

For more information on the Flip Flop Shops franchise opportunity, visit http://franchise.flipflopshops.com/immediate.php or contact franchise@flipflopshops.com.

About Flip Flop Shops

Founded in 2004, Flip Flop Shops is North America’s first retail chain exclusive to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and sandals from big names such as SANÜK, OluKai, Quiksilver, ROXY, Reef, Cobian and Cushe. The recipient of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ prestigious “Hot Retailer Award,” Flip Flop Shops began franchising in January 2008. Flip Flop Shops is an Environmentally Responsible Retailer™ and encourages the nation to Free Their Toes®. The executive team boasts more than 50 years of franchise experience building and growing some of the world’s fastest-growing franchise concepts, category leaders and some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Cold Stone Creamery, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Nike. Recognized in the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 listing as the sixth fastest-growing franchise and 12th fastest-growing retailer in the nation, the brand currently boasts more than 50 shops in operation and more than 80 in the development pipeline. Through its well-managed, global-expansion strategy, the brand projects 236 locations to be open or in development throughout select markets by 2013. For more information on the franchise opportunity, visit http://franchise.flipflopshops.com/.

Media Contact:

Jayne Levy
Fishman Public Relations
847-945-1300 ext. 225
jlevy@fishmanpr.com

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