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Batteries Plus Expands Store Development Team

November 11, 2021 // Franchising.com // HARTLAND, Wis. - In response to the strong third quarter which saw the signing of 20 new store agreements, Batteries Plus, had to make sure its Store Development Team was set up for success. As a result, the franchise has made some substantial changes to this department in the form of promotions and the addition of new team members to help support growth.

To aid in the forward momentum of the development team, Kirtis Hill was promoted to Chief Retail Growth Officer in February 2021. In this role Kirtis works directly with franchisees to optimize store growth in markets nationwide, while providing leadership to enterprise teams working on high-priority strategic initiatives to drive sales and profitability. “Kirtis’ background in both strategy and analytics, and his boots-on-the-ground approach to working with franchisees, makes him the perfect fit as the quarterback of our most important growth initiatives,” said Jon Sica, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Batteries Plus. Jason Moss was also promoted to Director of Real Estate and has brought on a new Real Estate Manager, Mary Hardin Rathel. In her role, Hardin Rathel will be focused on visiting franchisees and providing them support during the site-selection process. In Jason's new role, he will leverage his skill at negotiating and deal-making across both real estate and corporate acquisitions. 

Batteries Plus takes pride in delivering “turn key” real estate support, and Jason has made a name for himself with franchisees by helping them secure ideal sites in both urban and rural markets. In addition, the Development team at Batteries Plus has promoted Justin Schaper to Director of New Store Development. Schaper will oversee store openings, grand openings, and the crucial first-year support a franchisee receives. 

“I have spent over two decades at Batteries Plus – starting as an Assistant Manager at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin store – so I am honored to be promoted to Director of New Store Development,” said Schaper. “I am looking forward to helping our new owners not only become established in their new stores but also to ramp sales quickly and get off to a fast start. It's exciting knowing that I'll be able to leverage the many best practices learned in my previous roles with the company in helping owners maximize their first-year sales.”

Also joining the New Store Development team at Batteries Plus is Liz Duggan, who holds the position of Sr. Manager of Store Events and Partnerships. Duggan’s efforts are focused on building the Grand Opening, Commercial and other store events and she works hand-in-hand with local owners to make sure each grand opening is a success.

“Supporting the growth and profitability of franchisees is the most important thing we do at Batteries Plus,” said Kirtis Hill. “I’m looking forward to seeing this team continue to make a difference in the lives of our franchisees. I’m also excited that we can keep adding talent to an organization that already has one of the best teams in retail and franchising.” Joe Malmuth, VP of Franchise Development and Relations.

SOURCE Batteries Plus

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