CARROLLTON, Texas, October 23, 2018 -- FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communication franchise, today announced that it has entered into a master franchise agreement to expand its presence in Spain. mainland, the Balearic Islands and Gibraltar. Chris Kirby, current FASTSIGNS franchisee, will develop a minimum of 10 centers, with the specific objective of initially establishing themselves in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Malaga.
"Earlier this year we visited Barcelona and Marbella and were impressed with the welcoming business environment and the potential for FASTSIGNS to flourish. We are proud to announce that Spain and Gibraltar are the latest additions to our vigorous international expansion," said Mark Jameson , Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "Chris has a keen business acumen that he has already demonstrated repeatedly and we are delighted that he will be driving the brand's presence in this region."
Kirby joined FASTSIGNS in 2016, acquiring an existing center in Boca Raton, Florida. Since then, Kirby's business has stood out as a top-performing center among some 700 FASTSIGNS centers worldwide, having increased sales by 370 percent in the first year. Originally from London, Kirby recognized a growing need for signage and visual communication in Spain and Gibraltar, and is delighted to spearhead the brand's international growth in these markets.
“After two years as a FASTSIGNS franchisee and having experienced unprecedented success, expanding my investment in FASTSIGNS was a natural decision,” explains Chris Kirby. "As the brand progresses in international markets around the world, I am confident that the proven business model and unwavering support offered to franchisees will fuel our international success in this new venture."
FASTSIGNS has experienced exponential international growth in 2018, with the opening of 24 centers in the US and Canada, one in Chile and two in Australia. FASTSIGNS continues to seek qualified candidates to expand its international presence in markets around the world, including Europe, Brazil, Quebec, North Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America.
Kirby will attend the European Master and Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in London on October 23-24 and the International Franchise Show in Valencia on October 25-27 to meet potential franchisees and discuss new center deals, co-branding and conversion franchises with entrepreneurs and existing business owners.
FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communication franchisor in North America, with a global presence with nearly 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries, including the United States, Canada, England, Arabia Saudi, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Chile and Australia (where the centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).
FASTSIGNS centers provide integrated graphic and visual solutions to help businesses of all sizes and industries increase their visibility, communicate their message, sell more products, guide visitors and extend their brand to all customer touch points, such as decoration, events, clothing and marketing materials. For more information on graphic and visual solutions or to find a center, visit fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook facebook.com/FASTSIGNS or LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fastsigns.