Pirtek Owner Adds Second Franchise to Better Serve Bay Area
South San Francisco Franchise Enhances Mobile Service Coverage
September 21, 2020 // Franchising.com // South San Francisco, California - With access to downtown San Francisco, the city of South San Francisco is growing rapidly, adding more businesses and residences each year. Located near the middle of the famous peninsula on the shores of San Francisco Bay, the city is home to many equipment rental companies, contractors, metal recyclers, and marine organizations that operate out of the nearby port, such as the US Coast Guard. All of these businesses rely on hydraulic systems - and hoses - to keep their equipment operational.
Pirtek San Leandro - located on the opposite side of the bay - has been dispatching Mobile Sales and Service Technicians across the bridge for almost five years, to keep businesses operating. Dan Currid, who opened the store in February of 2016, says that his customer base has grown steadily. His team stays busy providing on-site hydraulic and industrial hose repairs and maintenance day and night, seven days a week.
Dan has recently decided to expand by taking ownership of a second Pirtek franchise across the bay in South San Francisco, to better serve his clients. The business - Pirtek SFO - was originally what is known as a Tier 1 business under Pirtek’s franchise structure. This requires a franchisee to have a Full Service & Supply Center staffed with six team members and at least two Mobile Service Vehicles.
When Dan took over the business, he temporarily converted it to a Tier 2. This option enables entrepreneurs to start a franchise at a lower point of entry and allows a franchisee to keep the inventory in a small warehouse or storage facility and lease two vehicles. While Tier 2 owners are expected to advance to a Tier 1 location within three years, they also have the option of bypassing this step to open as a Tier 1 model from the beginning. According to Dan, he plans to reopen a full brick and mortar location for the business as soon as possible - most likely next year.
Dan says that he and his family are excited to grow their business, and expand Pirtek’s presence in the Bay Area. They feel that the addition of Pirtek SFO will be the perfect complement to their original store, located at 1997 Burroughs Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577, as it will allow them to provide even faster service to their existing customers, and add new accounts as well.
Dan says he has already received very positive feedback from customers in regards to the change. Many of the business owners that rely on Pirtek Leandro’s team to keep them operating have known Dan since long before he became a Pirtek franchisee. He established relationships with them while working at his previous job at a local CAT heavy equipment dealer, where he worked for 18 years.
Dan held several customer-facing positions while in the heavy equipment industry including dispatching mechanics, tractor sales, managing the parts department, and managing Product Support Sales. In addition to the connections Dan made within the industry, he also gained valuable experience and first-hand insight, which has made him a perfect fit at Pirtek.
Dan and his family plan to continue to grow their business in the future. He explains that “there are many untapped opportunities in the Bay Area, and they will continue to learn, adapt, and grow so that they can capture that business.” His view is that the thriving industries in and around San Francisco could easily support three Pirtek locations, and possibly a fourth. Dan says that one of the contributing factors that allow him to enjoy such growth has been “that the Pirtek model is well put together and supportive of franchise owners.”
Another key to Dan’s success is the quality team of technicians that he has assembled. He explains that “hiring knowledgeable employees is key because the talent you hire is what your customer sees as the face of your business.” He has sought out employees who have a good attitude, mechanical knowledge, are reliable, and have good communication skills. Dan, who has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life, looks forward to nurturing his business and creating more jobs in the area.
About Pirtek USA
Pirtek USA provides the fastest hydraulic hose replacement and industrial hose repair service with onsite mobile and service centers throughout the United States. Our ETA 1-hour on-site hose service, available 24/7, is a simple solution that minimizes equipment downtime and eliminates the need for our customers to leave their job site or facility to locate new hydraulic hoses and hydraulic fittings. We'll Keep You Operating!
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