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It’s a daily thing that’s being provided. The ongoing marketing support, for helping us create our entire marketing world that we’re focused on, to anytime there is issues training related, they are a phone call away or an email away. The amount of training they provide for our employees, the bouncing ideas off of people’s heads, it’s been fantastic.
We bought into the Uptown franchise because we believed in the system of reuse and recycle. Having a corporate office behind you gives you the peace of mind that all the tasking, technical jobs are done for you. The relationships we have built nationwide with other owners have been priceless. We've learned so much and our lives have been enriched immensely being a part of this community of entrepreneurs.
The support is fantastic, you can make a phone call, and talk to whoever you want to. They are always receptive to what you are asking, and if they don’t know the answer they will find an answer for you. They listen to you and try to do the best for everybody. I think the technology support is fantastic, because I’m not a technology genius. I love that we have store visits and people come and help us. The whole concept in general is well thought out. There are always things that are going to change and we are going to be in that whirlwind of change, but it’s always been helpful. They look over your numbers and call you, it’s like they know your problems before you ask for help from them. I think the support is phenomenal.
There is never a day that is the same for better or for worse. You never know what’s coming in the door product wise. It’s really nice being apart of the community and being a mainstay for Murray. Owning your own store and giving back is really special I think.
You have all these other people that are like minded entrepreneurs, and everyone comes at everything a little differently. They bring into the system just different ideas, different thoughts, processes, from what they did before in their lives. You always have a sounding board no matter what the challenge can be- you have someone else to reach out to. It’s easier being a part of the franchise with other owners where we are able to help each other out.
While we were looking into retail businesses, we came across Uptown Cheapskate and instantly loved the idea of creating relationships with those in our community. There is no better feeling than when you can provide great service and great products to appreciating customers. The fact that Uptown Cheapskate has almost no carbon footprint and helps recycle great items is just another positive to this equation.
We visited a store and just fell in love with the look of the store. We already knew we liked the concept, and then we just decided to go with Uptown Cheapskate. It’s just owning your own business. I feel like this is a business that we can grow into several locations. We can bring our family members into it, so I see that this is a business that eventually our kids will be able to run and everyone can join in this business.
Location, location, location—we know that is a key to success for any business, which is why our site selection and leasing experts help you not only locate the ideal space, but negotiate a favorable lease as well!
We equip you with a Biz Planner tool that allows you to create a sample budget based on sales levels, labor expenses, facilities costs, and other major operating expenses. This tool can help you get a better idea of what to expect when investing in an Uptown Cheapskate store.
Boasting partnerships with major banks, we are well-equipped to help you secure the financing you need. For franchisees that are self-financed, the start-up process time will likely be significantly shorter.
Uptown Cheapskate stores are beautifully crafted by our store design specialist. She creates a customized store and fixture plan that fits the unique dimensions of your space. She will also help you select approved materials to begin working with your contractors and assist them during the construction process.
We make sure you get the training you need in our 12-day training program and 5-day internship. This combination gives you both a classroom and in-store training experience for comprehensive preparation as a new store owner. We also provide ongoing training, including our Uptown Training Portal, site visits, regional conferences, support calls, and more.
Prior to officially opening your new store, you will stock your store with inventory in an “Open to Buy” period. This will allow you to market to local customers, build relationships, and pay cash for their gently used, quality clothing items. You will not be selling inventory at this time.
Once you have fully stocked your store with stylish inventory, you will begin to prepare for the Grand Opening. You will need to select a store open date and start the marketing process for the Grand Opening event. A support rep will come visit your store to assist you during this time!