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Number of units 42
Investment Level $100,001 ~ $200,000
Franchising Since 2005
Royalty Fee 9%
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The Company

The business began as a small landscape maintenance company based in Caledon, Ontario Canada. In 1987 Tim van Stralen launched Sunshine Landscape Inc., along with a few of his brothers and began to make his dreams a reality. The initial years achieved rapid expansion and soon all ten van Stralen brothers were working in the business together. They realized that the traditional family values that bound them all together also made for effective business qualities as well. Over time, these qualities enabled each and every one of the brothers’ personal and business goals to be achieved.

By 2005, the demand for Grounds Guys® services was quickly out-pacing the brothers’ ability to effectively service their clientele. After carefully evaluating the alternatives, the brothers concluded that franchising was the most effective means of capturing and focusing the energies and ambitions of like-minded individuals towards a common goal. In 2010, a groundbreaking agreement was reached with The Dwyer Group® to build the franchise system in the USA. Although separately owned and operated companies, due to trademark issues with the name Sunshine, the company rebranded to The Grounds Guys®. Now, the fast-growing Grounds Guys® franchise network is operating in over 180 markets across the U.S. and Canada. Each location shares the same core values and Culture of CARE that the brand is built upon.

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The Industry

The landscape management industry is one of the most pervasive industries in North America! From residential properties to large industrial complexes, there is increasing value and emphasis being placed on having a beautiful landscape. Driven by our Culture of CARE The Grounds Guys® mission is to exceed customers’ expectations by providing exceptional front-line service with well-trained team members who thrive because of our positive culture.Our goal is to revolutionize the landscape management industry by bringing a new level of professionalism to the table.

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The Opportunity

You have the opportunity to join one of North America’s fastest growing landscape management organizations. Building off the past success of business owners from across North America, you can create your own destiny in growing the company of your dreams through the use of our business management systems and support network. Owners of a Grounds Guys® franchise enjoy benefits such as the ability to learn the business from seasoned veterans; established brand recognition; established business management systems and best practices to reduce your Return on Investment time in launching a new business or improving an existing one; training and support in implementing and operating these systems, business planning and coaching, cross marketing with six other similar franchise concepts, and the purchasing power that comes with an international landscape organization.

Top Four Reasons to Join The Grounds Guys®


Brand: Become a part of an industry-leading brand name.


Systems: leverage our years of experience and success in operating landscape management companies to achieve your dreams.

Support: Be in business for yourself, but not by yourself! Enjoy the benefits of having a large corporation behind you, supporting you every step of the way.

Contact the highly-skilled Franchise Developers at The Grounds Guys® who will help you evaluate whether this is the right business opportunity for you!