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The INSTANT IMPRINTS website states
The leadership team at Instant Imprints possesses more than 200 years of combined retail management and franchising experience.
In every franchise concept, there are franchisors who hope to monetize an idea or process. The CEO of Instant Imprints has had a long career running The UPS Store in Canada and saw this concept could be expanded.
Unfortunately this was not The UPS Store. It required a more technical approach and one that could not be easily franchised due to that technical nature. Many franchisees lost their investments through belief in what was presented.
Management stressed that 80 stores were required to reach breakeven and that possibility just became further and further away with closures removing any gains. (List of closures below)
Management used Start Engine (https://www.startengine.com/ii-transatlantic-inc) to raise capital. Investors were provided information along with the Risk Factors and the Balance Sheet.
Link to SEC Form D is herehttps://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1763972/000176397219000001/xslFormDX01/primary_doc.xml
The outcome of attempting to raise funds via crowdfunding was as follows:- Of $1,070,000 offered, $27,500 was raised. Investors did not share the optimism of the author's of the Offering Memorandum.
Download and read for yourself claims made in the document. Research the facts from comparing statements made regarding history and experience with timeline at end of document.
There are many questions and concerns for those who are franchisees upon reading the Offering Memorandum and those who are considering opening.
Equipment is purchased from the same suppliers the public and competitors use. Software can be purchased/leased from the same supplier the public and competitors use and who supplies Instant Imprints. The products that are sold in stores come from the same suppliers competitors use.
Area Franchisees and franchisees should be aware before investing of the risks. Read the Risk Factors and the Balance sheet. There is information in this public document that is not in the Franchise Disclosure Document.
There have been many closures trying to be successful in this franchise. (List below)
The current CEO has had 4 closures under his area management.
From their website
II TRANSATLANTIC, INC. is the worldwide franchisor of independently owned and operated Instant Imprints® centers located in the U.S. and Canada. The US corporate entity operates under No Frill Franchising, Inc., and in Canada, under II CA, Inc.
Instant Imprints transformed the apparel, sign and promotional products industries by combining multiple businesses into one efficient business model. Instant Imprints’ customers come to them when they want their businesses, schools, organizations or groups, to be more visible to their customers, students, users or members. Our centers create that visibility five different ways: branded apparel, signs & banners, custom t-shirts, promotional items and print services.
Instant Imprints began franchising in 2002. CEO Ralph Askar and a group of shareholders first purchased the master license for Instant Imprints Canada, then purchased the balance of Instant Imprints in May of 2011. CEO Ralph Askar, with more than 28 years of hands-on franchising experience, brings to Instant Imprints a proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc. and The UPS Store's most successful multiple area franchisees and multiple international master licensees.
The leadership team at Instant Imprints possesses more than 200 years of combined retail management and franchising experience. With this proven record of business success and experience, they are applying their franchising knowledge to guide Instant Imprints to similar success.
For franchise information, visit https://instantimprints.com/franchise/ or call 800-542-3437.
Now DOWNLOAD and read the offering memorandum with OBSERVATIONS to learn more.
We seek the truth in franchising.
This a prelude to a feature rich series of information on franchising with Instant Imprints. Future chapters will include interviews with existing and past franchisees.
The message to investors is there are many ways to invest money and just because the advertising says "It's a Fun, Lifestyle Business", the actual is not always the case.
We recommend every franchise becomes a member of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers.
FTC advice on buying a franchise
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The closure of 74 Instant Imprints stores is dramatic when you look at the list below.
There are 46 locations active including 3 under corporate management:
Louisville, CO; San Marcos, CA; Mira Mesa, CA
Opportunity Awaits for $95,000 CAD
1231 W BROADWAY Vancouver, British Columbia V6H1G7
This store opened in 2012 and is reaching the end of its 10 year term.
This is considerably less than the full price of a new store.
If interested reach out to the agent directly - Not the store.
The FTC is looking at The Pros and Cons of the Current FDD Format
Listen to this panel of professionals discuss the subject
Dale Cantone discusses how readers review disclosure documents at 23 mins in.
"I mean, we've had people say that they've really relied on the territory disclosures
or the trademark disclosures or the required purchases or complain about the fact
that they didn't read the disclosure document, but it was clear about the amount of
rebates and kickbacks, they call them, that the franchisor is getting. So I don't know
that it would be possible to distill all the information that's in that franchise
disclosure document into a summary document."
An important video for all prospective franchisees.
Keith Miller's Statement on franchising to Senate Banking Committee.
How did the brilliantly named Fresh Air Campaign (during a pandemic no less) produced by Instant Imprints work for franchisees recently?
Details included a bag of air sent to each store which when received was deflated
Where did this marketing money go?
Did this money disappear faster than a stiff breeze? or
Did their marketing investment suffer from deflation?
From the marketing follies below one can assume this was an unusual initiative.
A Google search has revealed the minds at Instant Imprints have come up with a new Mission Statement. Looks like many heads were involved as the list of core values has 5 bullet points. Readers are urged to read the Offering Memorandum and compare how these values align with statements made
Mission: Making Branding Easier
Vision: Connecting Communities, People, and Businesses Together
Core Values: 1. Honesty 2. Openness 3. Authenticity 4. Listening and Sharing 5. Celebrating Wins.
Great minds wish to know if the new objectives laid out at the recent strategy session will make a significant difference.
Noticeable changes are:
Ralph Askar is taking the lead of sales of franchises in Southern Florida, Georgia, Carolinas and Ontario and it seems has taken over responsibility or assisting Christian Collucci after his 10+ years in the role of franchise development.
We welcome comments from Christian on how he feels about this change in his role.
Just like Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it would appear Ralph and his team had greater ambitions than were possible. Retreating to a smaller geographical area may be a wise move to focus efforts. What it says for British Columbia, California (home base), Idaho, the great state of Texas and other provinces of Canada is still in question. Noel Eustace (leader in waiting) must be wondering about his investment in the Atlantic Provinces with his 2 stores and which is not included in the growth plan or attention from Ralph. Alberta under the experienced leadership of Danny Lyon and Ralph Askar was supposed to have 30+ stores and is now sitting at zero with the closures of 2 stores. Readers will be paying attention to the Louisville, CO store to see how sales will improve under Danny's leadership.
Adjustments have been made to future growth from the 5-5-5 plan. After the past lack of sales, future targets have been severely curtailed:- The new projection is 100 stores in 3 years having an average SSTR of $400,000 down from 500 stores in 5 years having an average SSTR of $500,000.
Still seems a long way off for the current management from taking over this business in 2007.
Interestingly the Franchisee Support Plan requires volunteers (franchisees/customers) to assist the management team. Most of you will recognize this from before as it has been the way it is from the beginning.
Editors Note: Charging a franchise fee and expecting franchisees to share knowledge with the franchisor confirms the lack of value coming from the management. Noticeably the statement from Ralph has "details to follow" which is common in his announcements.
The 5-5-5 plan results are shown in the map above
LIST WILL BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY
If you have information as to the locations on this list contact us through the contact form.
If you can add to the list or wish to correct the list contact us through the contact form.
"For all the families who sacrificed so much"
Boris Johnson gets grilled on his lying . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkPwfcCzF54
We can find 74 closures online.
This does include transfers through financial distress.
LIST WILL BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY
If you have information as to the locations on this list contact us through the contact form.
If you see inaccuracies in the open or closed list contact us through the contact form and it will be addressed.
The count is 46, not 60 or 63
The Logo shown on the overhead sign is not the current brand logo. The background photo looks like Abbotsford, BC used many times and closed long ago. Should professional and original photographs be used? The Logo shown in center "Instant Imprints Franchising" is missing outline.
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[Fact Check: At time of writing the "Offering Memorandum" in 2019, there were 60 Instant Imprints locations. In January 2022, there are 46 Instant Imprints locations (E&OE). Simple math of counting the mapped locations. The IBM supercomputer was not used for calculation.]
It's another New Year! Why not stand out from your competitors and #refresh your brand?
We have Brand Experts in over 60 locations across North America to help get your message out there from banners, custom t-shirts or other promotional products.
Find a local Instant Imprints location near you:
[Fact Check: At time of writing the "Offering Memorandum" in 2019, there were 60 Instant Imprints locations. In January 2022, there are 44 Instant Imprints locations (E&OE).
Who knows how many locations...
60, 63 or 46 locations?]
Instant Imprints is your brand partner in creating professional signs, banners, and vehicle graphics that will reach more eyes than ever before, meaning more customers and more sales.
Talk to your local Image Expert today!
[The team at franchiseissues.com whole-heartedly agree, You Can Do Better. If this is the best, Instant Imprints offers to their franchisees it leaves questions to be discovered]
The caption under the image says "Instant Imprints affords a wonderful lifestyle for its franchisees. See what becoming an owner of an Instant Imprints franchise can do for you!
[The team at franchiseissues.com have added this to #marketingfollies because it just does make sense. This couple gave their heart and soul to the business and unfortunately it did not work out. Somehow they are still being used for promotion purposes?]
Instant Imprints is expanding throughout North America and select international markets. We are seeking franchisees who are inspired to start their own business and join our team.
To learn more about an Instant Imprints franchise opportunity, visit: [website]
[Looking at the list of closures in this network, this ad hits the mark with instant Imprints' franchisees.
Thumbs up for offering a way out!
Are other franchisees looking for an exit.]
On 08/07/2020 Ruby Rules LLC filed a Contract - Other Contract lawsuit against No Frill Franchising Inc. This case was filed in San Diego County Superior Courts, Central Courthouse located in San Diego, California. The Judges overseeing this case are Ronald L. Styn and Keri Katz. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.
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Candice & Mike Williams, Louisville, CO — September, 2018 - July, 2021?
This couple owned this location from September 2018 to July 2021. They are completely finished by the looks of it. — No closure but seems to be a gap? The current status of Cannamarie Inc., owner of Instant Imprints of Louisville is shown here as Voluntary dissolution:-
From published reports, The new owner is stated as Danny Lyon, Director & Shareholder of Instant Imprints. Danny’s work history is here (https://www.signalhire.com/profiles/danny-lyon%27s-email/115458459) Mr. Lyon is Canadian Citizen from Lethbridge, Alberta, past Area Franchisee of The UPS Store, Area Franchisee for Alberta @ Instant Imprints, Executive Vice President of Training and Franchise Partner Support @ Instant Imprints, Business Development Manager @ Actioncoach Canada.
https://ca.linkedin.com › danny-lyon-0a879211 Danny Lyon. Business Coach | ROI Generation | Partnership | Business Development | EVP. Instant Imprints. Calgary, Alberta, Canada500+ connections.
GIVE TO SUPPORT BOULDER, CO
The team at franchiseissues.com have questions...
Is Mr. Lyon the owner or manager? Facts matter as any indication the location is under management rather than ownership may affect decision-making by a possible purchaser.
Why would Mr. Lyon choose to sell such a Fun Location as its described in ad.
Why would Mr. Lyon not list the business for sale on the Instant Imprints site.
https://us.businessesforsale.com/us/award-winning-louisville-colorado-franchise-for-sale.aspx (no longer active link)
Why would Mike and Candice walk away from such a successful business in July 2021 and give the keys and ownership to Mr. Lyon?
Will Mr. Lyon settle in Louisville, CO and run this thriving business?
Is this a stop-gap for a location that has temporarily closed and needs to be resold?
Hopefully Candice and Mike saw the profits of any sale after 2 years and their investment from buying it 2018?
If Candice and Mike sold their business for fair market value to Mr. Lyon, they will be very happy to have avoided the recent fire that devastated the region.
Perhaps management can elaborate on the gap in ownership. We would love to hear from Candice who owned it from Sept 2018 according to her profile? Comments are welcome to add clarity via the contact form.
The team at franchiseissues.com are surprised by how many locations in this franchise have closed.. It appears LOUISVILLE, CO which has been open since 2006 , sold in 2018 and is now under management of Head Office staff. The information provided is public knowledge after a recent news story (January, 17th, 2022) concerning the fires in Colorado. Readers will know this location was owned for less than 3 years by the past owners before they left suddenly in July 2021
Small Business Borrower Loan Amount
Instant Imprints (2005) Springfield, MO $180,000
Instant Imprints (2005) St. Charles, MO $213,000
Instant Imprints (2005) Omaha, NE $150,000
Instant Imprints (2004) Plano, TX $150,000
Instant Imprints (2004) Wichita Falls, TX $120,000
Instant Imprints (2004) Golden, CO $125,000
Instant Imprints (2004) Anchorage, AK $149,000
Instant Imprints (2004) West Linn, OR $150,000
Instant Imprints (2004) Beaverton, OR $150,000
Instant Imprints (2005) Bolingbrook, IL $150,000
Instant Imprints (2005) Arnold, MO $150,000
Instant Imprints (2005) San Diego, CA $290,000
Instant Imprints (2005) Olathe, KS $110,000
Instant Imprints (2005) Las Vegas, NV $148,600
Instant Imprints (2006) Charlotte, NC $150,000
Instant Imprints (2006) Suwanee, GA $150,000
Instant Imprints (2007) Charlotte, NC $30,000
Instant Imprints (2007) Houston, TX $130,000
Instant Imprints Dtc (2005) Denver, CO $200,000
Instant Imprints Franchising I (2006) San Diego, CA $550,000
Instant Imprints Of Arvada (2005) Arvada, CO $40,000
Instant Imprints Of Arvada (2005)Arvada, CO $80,000
Instant Imprints Of Columbia (2007) Columbia, SC $195,000
Instant Imprints Of Denver (2004) Denver, CO $150,000
Instant Imprints Of Eugene (2006) Eugene, OR $160,000
Instant Imprints Of Highlands (2004) Highlands Ranch, CO $134,400
Instant Imprints Of Lake Arrow (2004) Lake Arrowhead, CA $150,000
Instant Imprints Of Oregon & S (2003) Portland, OR $150,000
Instant Imprints Of Roswell (2006) Roswell, GA $215,000
Instant Imprints Of Tempe (2005) Tempe, AZ $143,000
Instant Imprints Of Treasure V (2005) Nampa, ID $145,000
Instant Imrints (2006) Downingtown, PA $212,100
Max Muscle (2004) Albuquerque, NM $150,000
Mc Enterprises, Inc. (2005) Provo, UT $40,000
Popson, Inc. (2006) N. Providence, RI $150,000
Red Box Imprints Inc (2006) Flowery Branch, GA $344,000
Red Box Imprints Inc (2006) Flowery Branch, GA $75,000
Sav Enterprises LLC (2004) Broomfield, CO $147,000
Wisner Enterprises Inc (2004) Parker, CO $88,000
January 21, 2022
The team at franchiseissues.com are surprised by how many locations in this franchise have closed and will cover this in depth later. It appears Roswell is the only store left from this list. The information provided is public knowledge and details are found by clicking on each link. Was due diligence carried out by current ownership? Would current Franchisees and Area Franchisees have been provided this knowledge in FDD's as company changed name.
There are so many names, one could make a song by The Beach Boys
You must follow the brand standards and NO non-approved websites. Should I get my own website?
June 2019: "Note that we have identified many non-approved websites at multiple centres in this region and in other centres in the system. They too will be required to come down" — Ralph Askar, CEO
... and cue song —
Despite showing IFA & CFA logos that they are an active member of the International Franchise Association & Canadian Franchise Association, no result is found when searched on the CFA website as shown in image. Link to CFA below.
UPDATE: CFA Logo removed from II website 24-2-2022, IFA logo removed after that date.
JUNE 1st 2022 UPDATE: New address at Unit 3-4, 467 Speers Road
After offering their old location for lease, the new Head Office is now a mailbox. Those in the know will see some irony that the CEO was the master license holder for the UPS Store and now has his Canadian operations managed from a mailbox.
“My one regret, a growing regret really, is that I didn’t release those documents much earlier when I think they would have been much more effective.
“Don’t do what I did, don’t wait years till the bombs are falling and people have been dying.”
Page 10 shows the "The Team" and you can decide for yourself whom the author is.
More Employee reviews can be found at https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Instant-Imprints
Ernest Ibrahim, Coquitlam, BC 2011-2022
Congratulations to Ernest for the sale of his store. Ernest Ibrahim opened in 2011. Ernest had 62 Google Reviews and 4.4 average. The reviews don't lie. He did well. So well, he had to sell? Was it a Fun Lifestyle Business? His sales numbers must have been good with all those positive reviews. Surely his location sold for more than paid. Maybe... $300,000? On Instant Imprints own website, it says it is for sale for $90,000 OBO. Hopefully a better offer? https://instantimprints.com/franchise/franchising-opportunity/options-programs/existing-centers-for-sale/
Surely Head Office would not charge fees for sale. That would be hard to take for Ernest.
Candice & Mike Williams, Louisville, CO — Short Stay?
This couple owned this location from September 2018 to July 2021. They are completely finished by the looks of it. — No closure but seems to be a gap? The current status of Cannamarie Inc., owner of Instant Imprints of Louisville is Voluntary dissolution:- https://opengovus.com/colorado-trade-name/20181679846
From published reports, The new owner is Danny Lyon, Director & Shareholder of Instant Imprints. Danny’s work history is here (https://www.signalhire.com/profiles/danny-lyon%27s-email/115458459)
Maybe management can elaborate on the gap or would love to hear from Candice who owned it from Sept 2018 according to her profile?
Kevin Kearney, Gainesville, FL Closed
Unfortunately this did not end well for Kevin and Maria. Bankruptcy filed in Sept 2021.
We express our sympathy and hope a brighter future is ahead. Kevin opened in 2019 and closed in 2021. A PR statement from Instant Imprints in 2018 touted his opening and hopefully they provided support to the family after his investment as well as the opening promotion.
Although the PR statement says it opened in 2018, the Florida Credit report says it was incorporated in Feb 2019. https://florida.intercreditreport.com/company/instant-imprints-of-gainesville-g19000027224
Closing a store and walking away leaves a financial plus an emotional hole. Hopefully the Kearney family find solace in a brighter future. Questioning how this could happen is not worth it.
The team wishes him and his family well and appreciates his financial loss from his investment.
We wish Kevin and Maria all the best with their future endeavours.
Llyod James, Cobb Place, Kennesaw, GA Closed
Llyod owned this location from 2018 to 2021 and by his reviews online he did a stellar job. Sadly the store sits empty after years of providing services to the town of Kennesaw. As one of his testimonials states "Instant Imprints - Cobb Place does amazing work!!! They provided me with apparel that was personalized and high quality. The owner is courteous and very customer focused. I love this team!"
What more could an owner do?
The team wishes him and his family well and appreciates his financial loss from his investment.
We wish Lloyd all the best with his future endeavours.
Christine & Rod Rosine, San Marcos, CA — Repurchased by No Frill Franchising Inc (Instant Imptints) (from FDD)
This couple owned this location from 2018 to 2019. There is gap between Christine and Rod — No closure but seems to be a gap? Maybe management can elaborate on the gap or would love to hear from Shawn who owned it from May 2021 according to his profile?
Agnes Suerth, Arlington Heights, IL Closed
Agnes opened in 2019 and closed in 2021
The team wishes her well and appreciates her financial loss from her investment.
We wish Agnes all the best with her future endeavours.
Vandan Divatia, Meriden, CT Closed
Open since 2006, this store closed a while ago. Hopefully the past owner will be able to fill in some missing information. It is marked on the map with a photo of the store after it was closed.
We wish Deepan all the best with his future endeavors.
Flanders, NJ Closed
This store closed a while ago. Hopefully the past owner will be able to fill in some missing information. It is marked on map with photo of store after it was closed
Joseph Early, Downingtown, PA — Closed
Open since 2006, this store lasted longer than most. Joseph left the system like most without fanfare or an announcement. If someone knows when this store closed, we can update the record.
We wish Joe all the best with his future endeavors.
Artem Alex Journist, Rancho Bernado, CA Closed (2019)
Sadly not many were able to meet Artem as this store was not open long. It was in an expensive retail location in a hard-to-reach area of the mall.
He and his wife Olga are not forgotten. Questions were asked about the placement of the store and its chances of survival. Typically printing businesses are not placed in high rent areas such as this location.
Hopefully franchisee's who invest in the system have recourse over decisions that are made on their behalf. Those franchisees are guided by management who have over 200 years of retail and franchising experience. NDA's are not helpful for the franchisee when they are destitute.
Unusually site is still available: https://instantimprints.com/centers/rb/
Wayne Lestus, Sherwood Park, AB Closed
Everyone will remember Wayne's enthusiasm and laughter and he is fondly missed. He was successful and realized he could do better as an independent. Unfortunately management did appreciate his independent streak. Wayne might have something to say about the number of network closures.
Feel free to drop a line if you know how he is doing
Kathy Schneider, Fullerton, CA Closed
We want to wish Kathy well and thank her and her family for their hard work and investment in the Fullerton store. If someone has their contact, we would love to reach out to Kathy. Franchisees and staff will Remember Kathy and her family at a conference being lauded by Ralph Askar as his friends and for their future success. We hope that Ralph and his team are continuing to stay in touch with past franchisees who have closed their stores due to financial stress, given that current franchisees are recognized on II's website https://instantimprints.com/franchise/our-business/about-us/our-franchisees/
Don and Chandra Keith, Calgary, AB Closed (2021)
We wanted to give credit to Don and Chandra being the face of the Instant Imprints website.
They must be tickled pink to still be up on the website with a glass of wine - Cheers!
Don and Chandra were the face of Instant Imprints in Calgary, Chinook store and Area Franchisees in partnership with members of management. In 2021, they left the network and a google search of their store says they are permanently closed (https://www.google.com/search?q=instant+imprints+calgary&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA769CA769&oq=instant+imprints+calgary&aqs=chrome..69i57j46i175i199i512.8731j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)
The team at franchiseissues.com want to wish them well and thank them for their hard work and investment in both the area development and the Chinook store. If someone has their contact, we would love to reach out to them.
The team at franchiseissues.com want to wish all past franchisees and staff well. If reading this and you know of their contact, we would love to reach out to them. Send in your comments confidentially via the contact form below.
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The basic premise here is conducting research is so important. Closure rates are disguised under transfers. It's up to the prospective franchisee to contact those who have transferred out of the system. Point to note although its is the responsibility of the franchisor to publish the contact information of the previous owners, they are not all included or phone numbers are of the store, NOT the individual's phone number who left the system.
(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) I feel a little nauseous when I encounter franchisors who refer to their franchisees as “Franchise Partners” and their franchise system as their “Franchise Family.”
Franchisees are not “partners.” They have no voting rights, no ownership and are usually not be consulted on important policies or major decisions that affect them, such as the sale of the company (and their agreements).
And franchisees aren’t family members… unless families now require 300-page legal documents, have the right to terminate kin or refuse to renew relationships at the end of a term.
The franchise partner/family thing just another example of the intentional mischaracterization of the franchise relationship, one I call the “Kumbayah” or “We’re-All-in-This-Together” Myth.
Are Franchisors’ Rebates, Discounts and Other Sources of Ancillary Income Legal?
Regardless of disclosure, and despite the amounts paid by suppliers, it is important that your franchisees benefit from competitive pricing when purchasing their goods and services and so that, at least to a certain extent, they are able to benefit from being part of a franchise network.
Being too greedy can become a significant source of serious disagreements within the franchise network, which can easily degenerate into a lawsuit or trigger the setting up of an aggressive franchisees’ association.
Churn, or disorderly attrition, is defined as (transfers + terminations + non-renewals + ceased operations) / the number of franchise units in any one franchiSOR’s system.
First, in general, franchiSEES sign very dangerous franchise agreements, risking everything, to join the franchise system. FranchiSEES don’t want to leave, they invested in the franchise because they believed they would make money.
The Franchisee Lifestyle at Instant Imprints...
Instant Imprints affords a wonderful lifestyle for its franchisees...
"We do have a very robust business development training program and follows with six months of coaching, uh, hands-on coaching that will help them break even quicker than six months" — Ralph Askar
Franchisees: Chandra & Don from Calgary (closed) enjoying
a glass of wine. Cheers!
Stock Options from Instant Imprints
Ralph Askar (CEO) explaining share ownership and 5/5/5 (See offering)
If the FTC requires franchisors to provide DISCLOSURE documents to prospective franchisees, what are they hiding by using NON-DISCLOSURE agreements (NDAs)? Veteran franchisee Jim Lager explains why NDAs should be banned in franchising.
"In franchising, few consider that existing NDAs block all but a franchisor’s rosy marketing picture of their opportunity before a prospective franchisee signs a 10-20 year agreement. And once they sign, they often lose their freedom of speech."
Is Instant Imprints registered in Colorado and if not, Why not?
From 2020 Area Representative FDD
"Note: Some States require that the franchisee be registered with a State Agency. We do not offer or sell franchises in any of those States unless we are registered."
The FTC is reviewing The Franchise Rule
Deceptive earnings claims: Would a new Rule help protect prospective entrepreneurs?
Financial Performance Representations: What Should be Disclosed? And Why?
Have you been asked to upgrade your store? Were you asked or mandated to add Xerox to your store?
Does your DTG give you a headache?
Have you been asked to print 6-8 shirts a day just to keep it working?
Have you been adequately trained?
See resources below..
Give your comments here. Please include as much detail as possible.
The DTG machine was a continual source of frustration for me. I had my business from October 2018 through December 2019. I bought an existing store. The DTG machine was constantly breaking down. When I attempted to get someone from Brother corporation to come out, I was told that they no longer service that model. I would have to hire an independent who was certified to work on that machine. The two closest states were Texas and California. I would have to fly that person in and put him up for the night. I could not afford to pay travel expenses and service fee. In any event, finally after repeated phone calls to Ralph (Askar), a Brother technician who happened to be in a nearby town doing work for another account, came by my store. He spent a day and 1/2 working on the machine. We did a test on about 40 shirts and finally it was working. A couple of days later, the machine broke down again. Christian Collucci tried to blame the fact that I had not printed 6-8 shirts daily and that the machine was not properly maintained. The fact is this: The machine originated (and I assume it was new) in Indiana in 2013 and was used for about 14 months or so. That Instant Imprints went out of business. The machine was taken back by the leasing company and sat in a warehouse for well over a year. It then got shipped to Centennial, CO when Gregg Chiasson opened his store. He had the store for 2 and 1-2 years and then I purchased his store. When I spoke with my production manager about the training he got on the DTG, he said that when Bob Baker came to the new Instant Imprints store in Centennial in early 2016, the DTG was broken down and so he did not get training at that time. Eventually he did get the training and it was rather quick and elementary. This showed to me that there were continuous problems with this DTG machine.
Give your comments here. Please include as much detail as possible.
In response to the post by the Instant Imprints Executive VP on Indeed, here is my take. Indeed and Glassdoor are platforms where employees can give their feedback with regard to employers they have worked for. This feedback can be positive as well as conveying pitfalls that others may want to avoid. It is much like Yelp but is for places of employment. In light of this, it seems quite strange, and even bizarre, that an Executive VP would write a review on this site.
We strive to stay in communication with current and past franchisees.
If you feel like reaching out for help via the website with operational issues or just need support from a chat, there is a group of us with resources who will try to help. You are NOT alone.
June 1, 2022 means new digs. The announcement from CEO, Ralph Askar to the network reveals the Canadian Head Office at 5230 South Service Road is closed with staff working from home. The image shows the office now has a mailbox at the address shown.
With the closure of of the Canadian Head Office, we have to ask, do the franchisees in their expensive leases get to do the same?
From Master Licence holder of the UPS Store to a mailbox at a store.
We assume this is not the trajectory, imagined for the leaders in visual communication.
Personnel can be reached on their cell phones.