St Pete, FL (PressExposure) May 03, 2008 -- While a slew of junk removal companies duke it out for market share, one in particular is not only picking up junk, it's picking up steam. Originally launched in 2005, College Hunks Hauling Junk is in the midst of a rapid growth spurt, opening eight franchises over the past six months.
'College Hunks Hauling Junk' originated when two college buddies (President Nick Friedman and CEO Omar Soliman, now 26 and 25, the youngest franchisers in the country) borrowed a beat-up truck and set out to earn extra money during summer vacation - they did. For school they created an award-winning business plan based on their summer experience, and upon graduation they put that plan in action.
After substantial success with the original incarnation in Washington D.C, the company opened its first franchise in Orlando in early 2007. With proof that the model can be replicated, the principals sought to aggressively expand - and again, they did. Building infrastructure to support a national operation, they relocated the national headquarters and call center, hired teams of executives and associates, streamlined operation, designed custom technology, developed precise systems and processes - they now have franchises in:
o Baltimore, MD (opening May 2008) o Columbus, OH (opened April 2008) o Richmond, VA (opened April 2008) o Tampa, FL (opened March 2008) o Raleigh, NC (opened February 2008) o Denver, CO (opened November 2007) o Los Angeles, CA (opened November 2007) o San Francisco (opened November 2007)
College Hunks Hauling Junk is now an emerging national brand name with the ability to offer resources and knowledge afforded by a major, multi-million dollar operation (the company is expecting to reach $4 million in system-wide sales this year). They contribute a portion of profits to college scholarships.
The company stands out not only with their particularly quirky brand, but also with an unrivaled dedication to "clean-cut" professionalism, something not typically associated with guys hauling junk. 'Hunk' to them means "courteous, friendly, clean-cut, shirt-tucked, outgoing, fun," making a dirty job a little more pleasant. The company exhausts efforts to recycle, reuse, and donate - 60% of materials are recycled.
Friedman and Soliman are prepared to establish 12 more franchises over the next 12 months and to have franchises in every major metropolitan market at their five-year mark. With the memorable logo, overt color palette, glossy trucks, and enthusiastic collegiate teams, these 'Hunks' will be hard to miss.