Just Junk Franchise opens new location.
White Collar Manager Leaves the Corporate World to Become a Junk Man
Toronto, Ontario, Gareth Roberts’ father and sister are both doctors, his brother recently graduated Harvard’s MBA program and his mother is a physiotherapist. For Mr. Roberts, choosing to be an entrepreneur was a lot more logical than following in his families’ footsteps.
After being a successful sales manager at Bell Canada for 5 years, much to the surprise of his family and friends, Gareth Roberts decided to become a junk man. In fact, Roberts acquired one of the largest JustJunk.com service territories in company history.
“My first day in the junk truck, we removed a freezer and cleaned out a basement. Its’ quite a different environment from my white collar sales position, I’m happier than ever.”
Interestingly enough, Gareth’s choice was something all too familiar to Just Junk.com President and CEO Michael Thorne. Mr. Thorne founded JustJunk.com in 2003 after trying to figure out who to call to remove the old office furniture from his floor at Bell Canada.
“I’m really excited to be in on the ground floor of what is a booming business,” says Gareth Roberts, Toronto North Franchise Owner. “People always want to be more environmentally conscious when they are getting rid of their materials but they don’t know how – we are the perfect solution.”
In his first month of business, Mr. Roberts broke a JustJunk.com business launch sales record. Now finishing up his second month, Roberts is experiencing a higher than projected level of work volume due to the Toronto garbage strike.
JustJunk.com make’s a business out of picking up junk, construction debris and old furniture for a fee that varies depending on the size and scale of the job. Over 60 per cent of the material JustJunk.com removes from homes and businesses is either recycled or donated to local charities. Even salvageable construction debris is donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Gareth Roberts territory allows him to service customers anywhere from North York to Newmarket and Woodbridge to Ajax.