The company more than doubled its U.S. franchise base in 2012, nearing 100 franchises.
WACO, Texas – The Grounds Guys landscape management franchise announced record franchise growth year in 2012, expanding from 37 franchise locations at the end of 2011 to 94 one year later. The Grounds Guys offers grounds care and landscape management services to residential and commercial clients.
Entrepreneur magazine recognized the franchise’s fast-track success by naming it to its elite Franchise 500 list for the first time in 2013, ranked at #299. Each year, the magazine recognizes the top 500 global franchise brands by financial strength and stability, growth rate, and size of the system.
Founded under the name Sunshine Brands in Canada in 1987, The Grounds Guys expanded into the U.S. in 2010 as a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group. In little more than two years, The Grounds Guys has grown its U.S. presence to 34 states. Approximately 70 percent of the new franchises in 2012 are “conversions,” rolling business in from an existing landscaping or lawn care business. Throughout 2012, The Grounds Guys received more than 1,300 franchise applications from entrepreneurs across the country.
“We are seeing an appetite in the green industry for an established business system, advanced bidding and scheduling technology, and diversification of services and clients,” said Pat Hyland, franchise development team leader for The Grounds Guys. “Our Culture of Care and strong support network will continue to attract the best in the green industry into 2013 and beyond.”
In the fourth quarter of 2012, The Grounds Guys awarded 15 new franchises, scheduled to open by Spring 2013.