Flip Flop Franchise Leading World-Wide Movement to “Free Your Toes!”
It’s a fact that most franchisors are passionate about the products or services they offer, but to say that the founders of Flip Flop Shops® have a passion for their business may be a huge understatement. With more than 50 years of combined franchise experience in building and growing some of the world’s fastest growing franchise concepts including Cold Stone Creamery and Moe’s Southwest Grill, the creators of the Flip Flop Shops concept have “freed their toes” through a true love for flip flops and the lifestyle that comes with it.
Flip Flop Shops is an authentic retailer of the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and the first-ever franchise of its kind. As a booming 20 billion dollar industry, flip flops and sandals have become a phenomenon over the past few years and now rate as one of the best-selling footwear categories worldwide. According to the company’s president, Brian Curin (size 10), the unit economics, industry, trends and lifestyle all come together to create a concept that “just makes sense.”
“After years of opening thousands of franchise locations in various industries around the world, we are more excited about Flip Flop Shops than any other opportunity we have ever been part of or have seen,” said Curin.
Curin thinks that the single most important factor when choosing a franchise concept is attitude, and looks for potential franchisees who share in their love for flip flops and can also laugh at their jokes. “We work hard but also run our business with a good sense of humor,” said Curin who also believes good candidates for a Flip Flop Shops franchise should have a willingness to learn and follow a system, enjoy people and, most importantly, have a desire to “live life with their toes exposed.”
The company has established itself from its original vision to be the leading franchised retail chain of flip flops and sandals throughout the world by building a breakthrough brand and world-class franchise system. “We go out of our way to ‘do the right thing’…always,” explained Curin. “We have a personal stake in this company and realize that we can’t afford for our franchisees to fail, so we have painstakingly invested the resources to set our shop owners up for success.”
New franchisees enroll in “Flip Flop University” and are afforded all of the tools necessary to assist them in building a successful business including a branded business plan template, site selection assistance, comprehensive operations manual, field support and more. “We have a genuine passion to see our franchisees succeed and our track record proves that with more than 50 franchises established in the U.S., Canada, Guam and the Caribbean since 2008,” said Curin. More than half of the company’s franchisees are multi-unit owners and Flip Flop Shops has been the recipient of both hot retailer and satisfaction awards.
Flip Flop Shops is an SBA registered concept which allows franchisees to benefit from expedited loan processing through the U.S. Small Business Administration and also offers third party sources for financial assistance. Most new franchisees can be up and running within four to nine months from signing the franchise agreement according to company management.