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21 07, 2021

Batteries Plus Surpasses 50 Signed Agreements, Sees Record-Breaking Growth in First Half of Year

2021-07-21T12:05:53-04:00July 21st, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Nation’s Leading Specialty Retailer Ends Q2 with Monumental Signings, Looks Forward to Promising Months Ahead.

HARTLAND, Wis. — Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, is having its best development year in the almost three decades since it began franchising with 52 new signings to date for 2021 so far. In fact, Batteries Plus exceeded 2020 total store signings by mid-April this year, setting company records and generating excitement around the brand and its trajectory for the rest of the year. With the leadership of newly promoted Vice President of Franchise Development and Relations, Joe Malmuth, Batteries Plus is on pace to surpass 75 franchise signings by the end of the year.

The close of Q2 brought many milestones for the specialty retailer, including the inking of the largest multi-unit deal in company history which will expand the brand in the Raleigh-Durham market. The 2021 signings will break the brand into new markets across the country including Yuma, Arizona, West Lebanon, New Hampshire and Long Island, New York. In addition to record franchise signings, Batteries Plus also opened the doors to eight new stores during the first half of the year.

“Batteries Plus has spent decades building a reputation as an industry-leading franchise opportunity and we have continued to solidify our spot as one of the most stable, lucrative business models out there,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus. “Joe and his team are driving sales and excitement around our brand and investors are taking notice at an unprecedented rate. I am confident we will be the brand to watch as we head into the second half of the year.”

Not only has Batteries Plus seen record-breaking investment in the brand thus far in 2021, the company has implemented tactics to continue to support its current franchisees through the volatile environment brought on by the pandemic. The brand has taken proactive steps to spare its franchisees from inventory obstacles plaguing retailers around the globe. Having a solid model in place and team members who are always available to answer questions and address concerns is what has helped franchisees avoid major business obstacles. This year has also brought development and expansion of Batteries Plus leadership team – further solidifying a strong foundation to help continue to support franchisees.

Over the past 10 months, Batteries Plus has inked a total of 75 signings, 90 percent of those being multi-unit investments. The second half of the year is looking just as promising for the retailer as there are multiple multi-unit agreements in the works, slated to be signed in the coming weeks. These deals will expand the brand in the Pacific Northeast, the Southwest including Arizona and Utah and the South including Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. 

Before signing on the dotted line, Batteries Plus provides prospects software data that reveals projected territory performance details including store traffic information and within a week of signing and a member of Batteries Plus flies into their market with sites to tour. A key growth factor is the brands transparency with investors and the ability to see the projected territory performance metrics before even signing. With the multi-billion dollar markets the franchise model is built on (Batteries, $110B; Bulbs, $118.3B, Device Repair, $4B, Key Fobs, $4.82B, Smart Home Technology $28.86M), multi-unit owners are able to quickly open locations with speed and efficiency.

With over 700 store locations nationwide, Batteries Plus franchise owners are passionate about providing essential products and services for their local communities. Batteries Plus has also carved out a unique niche in the industry with its ‘plus’ services – including battery installation and key fob programming – capitalizing on both its knowledge and service offerings. Positioned for the battery-powered future, Batteries Plus supplies fundamental products that power people’s lives – wheelchairs, mobility scooters, thermometers, etc.

To learn more about Batteries Plus, including information on the franchise opportunity or tour a store virtually, visit batteriesplusfranchise.com.

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.

22 06, 2021

Batteries Plus Promotes Joe Malmuth to VP of Franchise Development and Relations Amidst Substantial System-Wide Growth

2021-06-22T18:46:46-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Tags: , , , |

HARTLAND, Wis. — In response to the 30-plus store openings and the signing of 55 new franchise agreements thus far in 2021, Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, announced today the promotion of one of its key leaders, Joe Malmuth, to Vice President of Franchise Development and Relations. This announcement comes on the heels of two incredible quarters of growth for the company including the largest multi-unit development agreement in brand history.

Malmuth ascends the leadership ladder from his previous position of Managing Director of Franchise Development, a title he has held since joining the Batteries Plus team in May 2020. Over the past year, Malmuth has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of franchise development. In addition to working with new owners and franchise consultants to expand the system, he has also been managing programs focused on helping current owners develop territory and facilitate transactions. In the year since his hiring, Malmuth has driven the development strategy for the brand, inking franchise agreements that will continue to bring new Batteries Plus stores to communities across the county.

“We’re seeing more than 70 people a week inquire about joining our brand, and we have started weekly Discovery Days to handle the amount of interest in joining Batteries Plus,” said Malmuth. “Because of the consistency and resiliency of our model in these uncertain times, and our 30-year track record of success – Batteries Plus continues to be one of the best franchise investments in the market today.”

Prior to joining Batteries Plus, Malmuth served as Vice President of Franchise Relations at My Eyelab, the fastest-growing optical retail franchise in the country and prior to that position, he worked for six years at United Franchise Group, which consists of a number of award-winning business-to-business brands and franchise development services, including some of the world’s largest industry-leading names.

“The past year has been a tremendous time in our brand’s history. From successfully navigating the pandemic with our offering of essential products and services to signing the largest franchise agreement our brand has ever seen, we can directly attribute our success to the work Joe and his team have done,” said Jon Sica, Chief Strategy and Development Officer. “I’m looking forward to seeing Joe continue to make a big impact on our franchise and am confident we will see another record-breaking year in 2021 as a result.”

To learn more about Batteries Plus, including information on the franchise opportunity or tour a store virtually, visit batteriesplusfranchise.com

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.

18 06, 2021

Combo Kitchen Partners with Barbecue Restaurant Brand Dickey’s Barbecue Pit for Ghost Kitchen Expansion!

2021-06-18T10:15:30-04:00June 18th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

MIAMI — Barbecue lovers nationwide, prepare for a groundbreaking advancement in the ghost kitchen industry. The world’s largest barbecue chain, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, has partnered with Combo Kitchen to promote nationwide expansion of their brand through ghost kitchens. Since 1941, Dickey’s has been serving up delicious, fall-off-the-bone barbecue, utilizing the same recipes they perfected over 80 years ago. Known for Texas-style hickory slow smoked meats and a family-focused reputation, Dickey’s has grown to become the leader in barbecue and an inspiration for fast-casual restaurants worldwide. The partnership creates an opportunity for experienced professionals to operate a Dickey’s of their own utilizing Combo Kitchen’s ghost kitchen franchise model, all while bringing the sweet and savory flavors of Texas barbecue to new neighborhoods across the country. The partnership also includes both Wing Boss and Big Deal Burgers, family brands of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

Combo Kitchen allows restaurant owners and entrepreneurs to select from a variety of established brands for placement in new or existing restaurants, offered for takeout and delivery only. Restaurant owners can take advantage of their kitchen space by adding established brands to their restaurants as ghost kitchens. Operating entirely behind the scenes and without disruption of their typical operations, this allows them to instantly increase their restaurant’s revenue. Investors without an existing restaurant can open a ghost kitchen from scratch featuring a variety of Combo Kitchen’s network brands.

“Partnering with Dickey’s provides our franchisees with the opportunity to profit off of a proven and established brand that customers instantly recognize, unlike most ordinary ghost kitchens offering virtual brands” says Combo Kitchen CEO Hossein Kasmai, “With the need for brand recognition campaigns essentially eradicated, offering a brand like Dickey’s as a virtual concept gives restaurant owners or investors the key ingredient to operating a successful ghost kitchen.”

The market for food delivery has expanded rapidly in recent years, accentuated by the effects of COVID-19 on America’s dining habits. Before the pandemic, the industry for ghost kitchens (A.K.A. dark kitchens, cloud kitchens, or virtual kitchens) was already flourishing, due largely in part to the convenience they provide to younger, more technology-savvy generations. In 2020, the trend that was ignited by the millennial mindset exploded into a new cultural norm due to government mandated shutdowns and the need for societal adjustments mid-pandemic. The global ghost kitchen industry is estimated to reach $1 trillion by 2030.

“Combo Kitchen is a unique franchising opportunity which allows us flexibility to enter new markets at a much lower build cost for operators,” said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group “Interest among new and existing franchisees combined with utilizing the convenience provided by Combo Kitchen, Dickey’s can capitalize on the rapidly growing delivery market and add new ways to serve our guests Texas-style barbecue.”

Combo Kitchen, recognized as one of the fastest-growing franchises and ghost kitchen concepts, has expanded exponentially to many states across the US. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit boasts over 550 locations, earning it the title of the World’s Largest Barbecue Chain. With this partnership, Combo Kitchen expects to expand Dickey’s by at least 100 more locations within the next year.

About Combo Kitchen

Founded in Miami, FL. by Mr. Hossein Kasmai, who also founded Franchise Creator (www.franchisecreator.com), the nation’s leading franchise consulting firm, Combo Kitchen provides a revolutionary business model for entrepreneurs and restaurateurs to incorporate established restaurant brands as ghost kitchens in their restaurants. For more information about Combo Kitchen, please visit www.combokitchen.com or call 305-417-6537.

17 06, 2021

Batteries Plus Inks Largest Franchise Deal in Company History

2021-06-17T13:26:45-04:00June 17th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

National Battery Retailer Signs 8-Unit Deal to Expand Presence in North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, today announces the largest single signing franchise deal in company history, bringing eight new locations to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina over the next three years. This new agreement will bring the total store count to 16 in the market.

The eight-unit agreement is spearheaded by multi-unit developer Tribat, LLC, who came to Batteries Plus inspired by the strength and stability of the brand. With over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas retail industry, the development group brings with it expertise in store development and retail operations. The first store is set to open in Raleigh-Durham in early 2022.

“The Batteries Plus brand is in a period of tremendous growth which is a result of our unique combination of product expertise, speed, and omni-channel offerings which allow our owners to thrive in an evolving digital, online retail environment,” said Joe Malmuth, Vice President of Franchise Development. “It is an exciting time in our brand’s history and this most recent eight-unit franchise agreement is validation of the attractiveness and stability of our business model.”

With over 700 store locations nationwide, Batteries Plus franchise owners are passionate about providing essential products and services for their local communities. Batteries Plus has also carved out a unique niche in the industry with its ‘plus’ services – including battery installation and key fob programming – capitalizing on both its knowledge and service offerings.

The stability of the Batteries Plus business model became more apparent than ever last year when, after being deemed an essential business, Batteries Plus stores across the country continued to meet the needs of customers without missing a beat – and at a time when health and safety were a top priority. Building off the strong momentum of last year, Batteries Plus has achieved incredible growth thus far in 2021. The newly signed eight-unit deal comes in addition to the 34 signed franchise agreements and 30-plus store openings the brand has already accomplished this year. By investing in Batteries Plus, these franchisees express their confidence in the brand’s strength and durability, especially after what’s been a difficult year for many business owners.

To learn more about Batteries Plus, including information on the franchise opportunity or tour a store virtually, visit batteriesplusfranchise.com.

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, Wisconsin, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.

3 05, 2021

Jon Sica Named to Retail TouchPoints and design:retail 40 Under 40 Class of 2021

2021-05-03T10:46:09-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Chief Strategy and Development Officer for Batteries Plus Makes List of Top 40 Professionals in the Retail Industry.

HARTLAND, Wis. — After receiving the largest nomination pool in the competition’s seven-year history, Retail TouchPoints and design:retail has named Jon Sica, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Batteries Plus, one of the top 40 professionals in the retail industry under the age of 40.

The select group of young executives are paving the way for the next era of retail and was compromised of founders, CEOs, creative directors, design managers, marketing executives, ecommerce gurus, VPs and many more changemakers. Sica was one of 40 individuals that met the following criteria:

  • Shining stars in their company and in the industry;
  • Have completed innovative and remarkable work; and
  • Contribute greatly to education or associations supporting the retail community.

From his modest start writing Cabela’s catalogs to driving expansion for the nation’s largest and fastest-growing omni-channel retail franchise, Sica has blazed a trail by mixing the art and science of business to find success across big box, QSR and franchise companies. He focuses on not just defining successful strategies – he connects them to people and execution in a way that delivers consistent, predictable results for shareholders while building a “big tent” that allows many to share and participate in the wins. Sica’s biggest contribution in retail has been in communicating strategy as his background in marketing allows him to visualize and articulate business strategy in a way that’s understandable from the board of directors to hourly employees. A self-professed process geek that enjoys relentlessly and methodically solving tough problems – like post-acquisition integration and building a sales program from scratch – in innovative ways that prioritizes people in addition to business results, Sica has helped Batteries Plus find success in challenging market place.

“I am truly humbled to accept this award from Retail Touchpoints and design:retail and be a part of such a prestigious group of leaders who contribute to the global retail community in positive ways,” said Sica. “It is an honor to be ranked amongst some of the greatest professionals in the retail industry and I am proud to represent Batteries Plus among such an outstanding list of companies and young leaders. This honor is not just a reflection on me, but the entire best-in-class team we have at Batteries Plus.”

Some of Sica’s biggest contributions in 2020 were quickly helping the organization and 260+ franchise owners stay connected during the pandemic, from regional calls with owners to walk through cleaning practices to first-of-their-kind video features and podcasts – he took internal communications to the next level to drive success. Other notable achievements include:

  • Instituted daily “war room” meetings during the pandemic to respond that help keep all stores operating as “essential” business during the pandemic, while the brand implemented contactless curbside in under 48 hours nationwide, and helped franchisees respond to sales trends to have several record-breaking months in 2020.
  • Executed the largest store acquisition in company history – not once, but twice – in the midst of a pandemic, while implementing new integrations processes that helped employees keep their jobs while posting sales increases in the time after acquisition.
  • Hired and transformed a new part of his organization during the pandemic – onboarding, aligning and defining new processes 100% virtually, while beating the annual plan goal in only half a year with 30 franchise signings.

“We are proud to continue the legacy of the 40 Under 40 Awards program, recognizing the achievements and outstanding work of the retail industry’s next generation of leaders,” said Jessie Dowd, Senior Editor of Retail TouchPoints. “Elevating those individuals who have used their brilliant minds and dedicated drive to propel retail forward is essential to fostering continued innovation across the industry at large.”

To see the full list of 40 Under 40, please visit: https://retailtouchpoints.com/topics/retail-innovation/retail-touchpoints-and-designretail-reveal-the-40-under-40-class-of-2021. To learn more about Batteries Plus, including information on the franchise opportunity or tour a store virtually, visit batteriesplusfranchise.com.

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.

18 02, 2021

Batteries Plus Announces Partnership with RELiON Battery

2021-02-18T11:30:25-05:00February 18th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Retailer will offer RELiON lithium batteries in over 170 stores across the U.S.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and HARTLAND, Wis. — In celebration of National Battery Day, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, Batteries Plus, is pleased to announce a new agreement with global lithium battery company, RELiON Battery. The company announced today the addition of RELiON’s lithium battery products in select stores across the U.S. With increasing consumer demand for lithium batteries, Batteries Plus aims to provide customers with an alternative to conventional lead-acid batteries as lithium batteries are inherently lightweight, have a longer life and charge quickly, among many other benefits.

“As the nation’s leading battery retailer, we are always looking for opportunities to build mutually beneficial partnerships and that is exactly what RELiON offers,” said Shawn Budiac, VP Category Management for Batteries Plus. “As a leader in manufacturing lithium iron phosphate batteries, RELiON offers a high-quality solution for our customers looking to elevate their battery needs for outdoor recreational vehicles, solar energy systems and commercial applications.”

RELiON Battery is leading the industry with innovative power options as many consumers shift to lithium batteries for high power applications such as bass fishing, sailing, recreational vehicles, overland, solar, electric vehicles, and more. RELiON’s lithium batteries are built to withstand harsh environmental elements, while being maintenance-free and highly efficient. They allow those seeking an outdoor lifestyle to do so without worrying if their batteries will last.

“We are thrilled to bring our lithium battery solutions to Batteries Plus customers across the U.S.,” said RELiON Battery CEO Paul Hecimovich. “RELiON and Batteries Plus have the same goal: to provide reliable, long-lasting power so customers can go where they want, when they want with ease. We look forward to this partnership and continuing to bring industry-leading lithium batteries to the forefront.”

Batteries Plus will offer customers’ RELiON’s most popular lithium products, including 12V, 24V and 48V batteries that can power all types of equipment. In addition, customers that purchase RELiON Battery products are also supporting the planet, as the company donates 1% of annual revenue to nonprofits fighting for a healthier and more sustainable environment.

To learn more about Batteries Plus and RELiON Battery, visit batteriesplus.com and relionbattery.com.

About RELiON Battery

RELiON is a global innovator of battery storage ideas. Founded in 2014, the company is on a mission to help customers challenge and overcome their limits by providing the best drop-in lithium batteries and give back by donating one percent of annual revenue to environmental causes through 1% for the Planet. RELiON products power a range of applications including, Recreational Vehicles, Marine, Electric Vehicles, Solar Powered Solutions and more. The company offers a full range of services and high-quality products that continue to pave the way forward to a greener and more efficient future for energy storage. For more information on RELiON, visit relionbattery.com.

About Batteries Plus

Batteries Plus Bulbs, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omni channel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. For additional information, visit www.batteriesplus.com.

17 02, 2021

National Battery Retailer Demonstrates Unmatched Stability in 2020, Powers Up for Momentous Year Ahead

2021-02-17T10:44:24-05:00February 17th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Batteries Plus Signs 20 Franchise Agreements Amidst Pandemic; Looks to Add Additional 55 Agreements by Year End.

HARTLAND, Wis. — At first glance, 2020 seems like it would be a difficult year for franchise brands to concentrate on growth, however, the nation’s largest and fastest growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise showed stability in the face of uncertainty. Throughout 2020, Batteries Plus signed 20 franchise agreements which will add 30 new locations to the system’s 700+ network of specialty retail stores. In addition, the brand already inked another nine new stores in January alone, proving itself a reliable and stable business opportunity for a growing list of entrepreneurs.

The agreements represent a healthy mix of single and multi-unit growth, with four current franchisees signing on to open six additional stores and 16 new franchisees who will be opening 24 stores. The new Batteries Plus franchises are slated to open in:

  • Arizona (Phoenix and Yuma)
  • California (El Centro, Lodi and Sacramento)
  • Colorado (Colorado Springs)
  • Florida (Melbourne, Orlando and Tallahassee)
  • Idaho (Boise)
  • Maryland (Bowie)
  • Minnesota (Forest Lake)
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey (Haddonfield)
  • New Mexico (Carlsbad)
  • Oregon (Oregon City)
  • Tennessee (Nashville)
  • Texas (Prosper)
  • Vermont (Burlington)
  • Wisconsin (Hales Corners)

The confidence these franchisees demonstrate by investing in Batteries Plus helps showcase the brand’s strength and durability during a particularly challenging year for business owners.

“It’s no secret that last year brought a lot of challenges but along with these challenges came plenty of opportunities,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus. “Early last year, our stores were deemed essential businesses which allowed them to remain open and continue to meet customer needs at a time when health and safety were a top priority. The stability of our business model quickly became apparent and entrepreneurs across the country took notice.”

Current and new Batteries Plus franchise owners alike have been inspired by the brand’s performance last year and are helping to keep the momentum building in 2021. Focus for the brand has been and will remain on the ability to maintain competitive advantages in order to protect its long-term profits and market share. Batteries Plus has found a niche in its ‘plus’ services – including battery installation and key fob programming – capitalizing on both its knowledge and service offerings.

“Our investments in omni-channel technology have directly benefited our franchisees and increased our competitive advantage,” said Jon Sica, Chief Strategy Officer at Batteries Plus. “In many ways, Batteries Plus is already ahead of the game in strategies other restaurants and retailers are just implementing – this allows us to keep looking ahead to new innovations that make our franchisee’s stronger.”

To keep providing essential products and services to consumers across the country, Batteries Plus has a target of 55 signed agreements through the end of the year. The brand has identified several markets that are ripe for development, including the Southeastern and Northeastern U.S., as well as Texas – outside of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Aside from highly dense markets, there are opportunities for multi-unit growth across all territories.

To learn more about Batteries Plus, including information on the franchise opportunity or tour a store virtually, visit batteriesplusfranchise.com.

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.

7 12, 2020

Batteries Plus & Toys for Tots Team Up to Power Gifts this Holiday Season

2020-12-07T13:29:38-05:00December 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Nation’s Largest Battery Retailer Donates Over 60,000 AA Batteries to Charity in Partnership with Duracell.

HARTLAND, Wis. — With the economic challenges Americans have faced in 2020, it is more important than ever to spread cheer and send a message of hope to our country’s less fortunate. That is why the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Campaign, Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, and Duracell, have teamed up to power tens of thousands of children’s toys this holiday season.

In an exclusive partnership with Duracell, Batteries Plus donated over 60,000 AA batteries to the national charity. The batteries will be used to power donated toys and games, giving life to thousands of gifts that will make their way into children’s hands this month. This mission aligns perfectly with Batteries Plus’ efforts to support the hundreds of communities in which its stores operate.

“From helping with relief efforts during tropical storms to providing essential power to first responders, our stores are deeply invested in the communities they serve,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus. “Toys for Tots fits perfectly with our community-focused efforts. We hope this donation will help bring joy to children and communities that are underserved because everyone deserves to have a happy holiday.”

The unique partnership is a welcomed addition to the Toys for Tots mission. While the donated gifts are the foundation of the company’s efforts, many of these toys require batteries which typically are not included, making this generous contribution from Batteries Plus and Duracell even more special.

“We are very pleased to welcome Batteries Plus as a National Corporate Donor for the 2020 U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Campaign,” said retired Marine Colonel Ted Silvester, vice president of the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “The company’s community-service goals certainly align with those the Marine Corps has promoted for over 73 years through our Toys for Tots Program.”

Toys for Tots will not distribute incomplete toys, and the organization considers a toy without the required batteries to be just that. The benefit of Batteries Plus and Duracell’s donation is twofold: it makes any incomplete toys whole and allows Toys for Tots to use available dollars to purchase more toys versus batteries.

“In these uncertain times, Duracell®, in partnership with Batteries Plus, is proud to come together this holiday season to support the Toys for Tots program and help Santa make sure all those toys and games will have the power needed to be up and running on Christmas morning,” said Andrew Wales, Sr. Sales Manager – North America. “Our mutual commitment to our neighbors and communities across our nation allows us to share with others during this time of giving. We appreciate the opportunity to support our US Marines and their Toys for Tots drive and are excited to be able to share our holiday spirit and bring joy to children everywhere.”

To learn more about Batteries Plus, including information on the franchise opportunity or tour a store virtually, visit batteriesplusfranchise.com.

About Marine Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots, a 73-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to less fortunate children during each Christmas holiday season.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community.  Last year the Marine Toys for Tots Program fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7 million less fortunate children in over 800 communities nationwide.  Since 1947 over 265 million children have been assisted. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.

About Duracell

Started in the 1920s, the Duracell brand and company was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE-BRK.A, BRK.B) in 2016 and has grown to be the leader in the primary battery market in North America. The iconic Duracell brand is known the world over. Our products serve as the heart of devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them, and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles. Our recharging technology allows consumers to live life without limits. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a $250B holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in diverse business activities. Visit www.duracell.com for more information; follow us on Twitter.com/Duracell and like us on Facebook.com/Duracell.

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.

12 10, 2020

Batteries Plus Soon to Power Up 10 New Stores with Ongoing Development

2020-10-12T11:20:01-04:00October 12th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Essential Retailer Expands to Open More Stores in Arizona, California, Minnesota and Florida.

HARTLAND, Wis. — Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, has announced five new signed franchise agreements, resulting in 10 new stores in development. To date, the need-based retailer has signed a total of 20 franchise agreements in 2020 and on track to sign an additional 20 by yearend.

The newly signed deals include single-unit and multi-unit operators who have committed to develop Batteries Plus in Arizona, California, Minnesota and Florida. Batteries Plus has been providing need-base products and services for 30-plus years. The pandemic has kept franchisees fully devoted to making sure communities and organizations have what they need when it comes to reliable batteries, devices, lighting, repairs, electronic equipment and smart home technology.

For instance, Ryan Tollefson, who co-owns six locations across California has signed on to open three more stores to fulfill the demand within the Sacramento area. Ryan’s father Don, opened the first store in California in 1996 and since then Ryan has taken over the day-to-day operations to further grow his father’s legacy store, expanded and now completely covers the Sacramento territory.

“Thankfully, we were deemed essential to keep serving the community and avoid furloughs. In fact, I was able to hire in May as business picked up and months of steady sales continued,” said Ryan Tollefson. “After seeing the real-time impact the stores have had throughout the pandemic and in the neighborhoods effected by the fires, the urgency was clear. I knew it was time to explore expansion as California is in need of a reliable retailer, which can help with battery backups, generators and powering up homes and businesses.”

Batteries Plus is looking for franchise prospects who are willing to step up for the communities in need of their essential products and services. Franchisees serve communities as an invaluable resource with exceptional customer service, expertise and quality-tested products. Franchisees and their employees are problem solvers with access to a catalog of products available and three decades of engineering technology to provide solutions quickly.

“Whether its new franchise owners joining Batteries Plus or expansion by our existing franchise family, it’s a validation of the attractiveness of our business model. We are being seen as more than a quick-service retail business, based on our unique combination of products and services, paired with expertise and quality,” said Scott Williams, CEO of Batteries Plus. “We’re the only franchise of this kind. Our franchisees are the face of our brand in their communities, and customers are looking to support local, essential businesses especially those with quick, proficient options to meet their needs. Our growing network of entrepreneurs see our model as the unique combination of product, speed, and omni-channel to thrive in an evolving digital, online retail environment.”

Batteries Plus has fast, same-day solutions for guests and owners to access over 9,000 different products, most of which can be delivered to stores in 1-2 days. Plus, the franchise offers multiple ways to get products to customers via in-store transactions, online ordering or a combination of the two with Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store.

Batteries Plus has multiple revenue streams to serve every individual and the needs of a variety of sectors including schools, contractors, churches, municipalities, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, property managers and assisted living centers. Batteries Plus has a franchisee-first mentality that is the cornerstone to its world-class franchisee support and proprietary technology advancements built within the model.

Batteries Plus is actively seeking qualified single-unit and multi-unit franchisees who are looking for scalable growth or are seeking an extremely stable, predictable and secure essential franchise. The brands core offerings are fundamental to people’s lives and are built on multi-billion-dollar industries (Batteries, $32B; Bulbs, $22B, Device Repair, $4B, Key Fobs, $2B, Smart Home Technology $90.9M).

ABOUT BATTERIES PLUS:

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®‘ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit https://www.batteriesplusfranchise.com.