Sport Clips enters Inland Empire with 2 stores


Wellington Franchise Systems, LP, the Area Developer for Sport Clips in Orange County, Inland Empire and Southern Nevada, has launched its entrance into the Inland Empire with the opening of two stores and has plans to open an additional store in late summer 2007. Sport Clips is a national sports-themed, hair care franchise for men and boys, where you can get a haircut, receive the MVP treatment, and watch sports on TV. Wellington currently has three stores opened in Orange County and expects to have at least seven more in Orange County by year’ end.

Wellington’s two opened Inland Empire stores are located near the Ontario Mills at 4320 E. Mills Circle Drive, Suite E and at the newly completed The Marketplace on Grove shopping center located at 1150 East Philadelphia Street, Suite 109. Sport Clips also plans to open a new store in Mira Loma.

In 2005 and 2006, Sport Clips opened 100 stores nationwide and expects to open 125 more stores in 2007 (including 40 new stores in California). In 2008, the company plans to open 150 stores. Orange-based Wellington Franchise Systems is responsible for recruiting and training new franchisees as well as locating sites throughout the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino plus southern Nevada. Wellington’s area development agreement calls for a minimum of 125 new stores to be opened. The company looks for 1,000 to 1,500 square feet locations in upscale areas.

Created with the sports fan in mind, Sport Clips’ Clients can tune into their favorite game on the waiting room-big screen TV and continue watching the game at their stylist’s station. Focused on providing the highest level of service, Sport Clips offers men and boys the MVP Treatment. With the MVP Treatment Clients can walk into Sport Clips, get a precision haircut, massaging shampoo, steamed towel, and a relaxing shoulder and neck massage, all at a reasonable price.

Fully equipped for the sports enthusiast, clients are surrounded by sports-themed décor including jerseys, pennants, lockers and sports memorabilia available for purchase. Specially trained stylists stay current with the latest in men’s and boys’ fashions and are skilled in dealing with the unique challenges guys face with their hair. The stores use and recommend men’s hair care products from Paul Mitchell and American Crew and offer a full line of men’s grooming products. Sport Clips features an odor-free environment — no perms, colors or acrylic nail smells.

According to Gregory A. Fisher, managing member of Wellington Franchise Systems and a 20-year retail industry veteran, “It’s as if ESPN meets a barbershop. Guys can walk in without an appointment, watch sports, talk sports or just hang out in a comfortable environment.”

“We’ve recruited a fantastic team of attractive, enthusiastic stylists that love Sport Clips and are providing the very best guy-oriented service,” says Fisher. “We want our clients to keep coming back and to bring their kids and friends!”

Sport Clips offers boys’ haircuts for $14 and men’s haircuts for $17. The company has also designed the MVP Treatment, which, at just $23, features:

• A precision haircut by a professional Sport Clips stylist
• A relaxing scalp-massaging shampoo
• A hot towel facial and pressure points massage for the ultimate in relaxation
• An All-Star neck and shoulder massage treatment

“In all my years in the retail industry, I have never witnessed such excitement over a retail concept,” said Fisher. “With the hair salon industry focusing primarily on women and barbershops closing all across the country at record rates, no one has focused on the hair-care needs of men – which are 50 percent of our population! At Sport Clips men, young and old alike, can get a high quality haircut in a comfortable and entertaining environment while watching sports. As we always say, ‘Sport Clips is where guys win!’”

Source : PR Leap