FASTSIGNS Opens First Location In New York

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. recently announced the opening of a new center location under the support of franchising industry veteran Greg Carafello of Executive Franchise Group, LLC. Greg Carafello is working to utilize his New York business relationships to bring this region’s centers through the process from opening to actively thriving business.

As part of his Area Representative Agreement with FASTSIGNS, he has agreed to develop new FASTSIGNS locations in all of the city’s five boroughs, as well as oversee franchise development and provide operational support for the market throughout its ongoing growth. FASTSIGNS currently has two existing locations in Manhattan and Staten Island, with plans to develop more than 20 additional centers in the coming years. With this plan in place, FASTSIGNS has the opportunity to penetrate the business market and increase the market share.

FASTSIGNS of South Ozone Park in Queens is the first of its kind to open under his direction. Franchisees, Candy and Graydon Grush have converted their current sign business to a FASTSIGNS center, and as a conversion, the center is well on its way to success with a ready-to-utilize book of business.

Greg Carafello “After joining one of the most respected names in franchising and number one in the signage segment, I have begun to drive FASTSIGNS’ expansion throughout New York City. I know that Candy and Graydon Grush, franchisees with FASTSIGNS of South Ozone Park, are the right candidates for the brand, and I look forward to positioning them for success and supporting them for many years to come.”

Expansion in the NYC metro area includes additional locations that are planned, already sold and under development such as White Plains, NY, New York City and the West Hempstead area of Long Island.

Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. told us “We are extremely excited to have this Queens location as a first step in Greg spearheading FASTSIGNS’ growth efforts in the New York City area. We are confident that with nearly four decades of experience in the franchise and sign and graphics industries in the local market, this is a great first step for Greg to drive our expansion in an area with so much potential.”

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

New York Digital Signage Week takes place Monday October 14 to Friday October 18, 2019.

Once again the week will be the usual heady mix of FREE and PAID for events – conferences, showcases, cocktails, open house, breakfast debates, tours and other ad-hoc activities.

All-in-all, a likely 40+ events this year (up from 32 in 2018).

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