April 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // Hanover, Md. – Flip Flop Shops is moving in to Hanover to help residents expose their toes year round, with the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear always at the ready. The only global lifestyle retail franchise to capture the flip flop connoisseur way of life, Flip Flop Shops will open its doors at the newest location in Arundel Mills (7000 Arundel Mills Cir.) on Thursday, April 2.
The new shop is the first location in Hanover and the second location for owners Chis Kirley (size 10), Fran Kirley (size 11), and Dave Brindza (size 8).
“Bringing a new, unique footwear offering to Hanover was an easy decision,” said Chris Kirley (size 10). “My goal is to make finding the perfect pair a breeze, any time of the year. At Flip Flop Shops, shoppers will have the opportunity to indulge in all the best brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear at their leisure, with expert product knowledge right at their fingertips.”
Once reserved only for poolside or beachwear, flip flops have grown to become the “global youth uniform,” as well as accepted footwear for anyone from surfers to high-level corporate executives. Flip Flop Shops’ mission is to provide the opportunity for anyone, in any climate, to Live…Work…Play With Their Toes Exposed® and embrace the relaxing benefits of flip flops and casual footwear for a healthier, low stress lifestyle.
“Flip flops are an extension of who I am and my laid-back lifestyle,” Kirley added. “I know consumers throughout the area are just as passionate about ‘Freeing Their Toes’ as I am, and will instantly connect with the brand.”
The franchise-based company is the first retailer of its kind devoted exclusively to the latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear from the world’s hottest brands, including OluKai, Cobian, Quiksilver, Roxy, Reef, Sanuk, Havaianas and more. The smell and sound of each shop captures the Flip Flop Shops laid-back, yet adventurous character; coconut suntan oil scent and active lifestyle-inspired music begins to tickle the senses and excite the toes of likely customers.
The Arundel Mills opening is part of a well-managed global growth strategy. Flip Flop Shops 100-plus shops globally, and more than 150 additional shops are currently in the development pipeline domestically and internationally. The company’s explosive growth and expansion has greatly helped mature the flip flops and casual footwear industry segment into a year-round contender. In 2014, Flip Flop Shops was named to the Inc. 500 | 5,000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. for the fifth year running.
For further information on Flip Flop Shops and products carried, visit www.flipflopshops.com.
Founded in 2004, Flip Flop Shops is the authentic retail chain exclusively devoted to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear. Its mission is to help people “Free Their Toes®” and embrace the relaxing benefits of flip flops and casual footwear for a healthier, low stress lifestyle. In addition to being an Environmentally Responsible Retailer™, one of the company’s major initiatives is “the Heart To Sole™” campaign, designed to reduce stress levels and raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association.
The company began franchising in 2008 and now operates shops globally throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South Africa, and the Middle East. The executive team boasts more than 50 years of 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, Nike and OfficeZilla.com. Flip Flop Shops has been awarded the International Council of Shopping Centers' prestigious "Hot Retailer Award," and ranked for the fifth consecutive year on the Inc. 500 | 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. For more information visit www.flipflopshops.com.
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