Instant Imprints Canada puts stamp on Alberta
Oakville, ON, May 20, 2010: Instant Imprints Canada (II.CA) is proud to announce it has awarded the Alberta Area Master Franchise rights to Dan Lyon and Kathy Campbell, an award-winning Area Franchise team who are integral to the success of The UPS Store chain throughout the Prairie provinces and who will now share their experience to grow the Instant Imprints brand. They will be responsible for recruiting new franchisees for Instant Imprints, providing operational support for existing stores, securing locations and providing local training.
Instant Imprints is North America’s largest branding and promotional advertising franchise that offers screen printing, promotional products, embroidery, sign and banner production in a retail setting with most services done in-house. This is a new franchise concept being introduced to Alberta. Begun in the United States in 2002, the Canadian chain was founded in 2007 when former The UPS Store President and CEO Ralph Askar purchased the Canadian rights to the chain. He has subsequently bought out the North American rights.
As Area Franchisees for Instant Imprints, Lyon and Campbell will draw upon their extensive and successful 15 year background in franchising to introduce and grow the Instant Imprints brand and chain within Alberta. Before adding Instant Imprints to their business portfolio, Lyon and Campbell grew The UPS Store chain from 22 to 63 stores within Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and are looking forward to doing the same with Instant Imprints.
“Instant Imprints is an attractive business concept for people looking to own their own business,” comments Lyon. “The franchise agreement is such that you own your equipment integral to the store’s success, rather than lease, which makes it cost effective and puts you in a strong equity position. The services the franchise offers are much in demand and Kathy and I are looking forward to helping entrepreneurs on both sides of the counter maximize their opportunities.”
About Instant Imprints
Instant Imprints is a branding and promotional advertising franchise that offers screen printing, promotional products, embroidery, sign and banner production in a retail setting with most services done in-house. Instant Imprints stores are approximately 1,200 square feet, conveniently located in easily accessible retail strip malls, and are open for both the business customer and retail consumer. The stores offer customers the opportunity to browse and inspect the merchandise, making it easier to make informed purchases.
There are approximately 60 Instant Imprints locations currently operating throughout the United States, where the concept was founded. There are five Instant Imprints stores in Canada, two in BC and three in Ontario, with an additional three stores to open in the next few months.