As a CounterTopia™
franchise operator, you'll have the chance to provide a high volume of countertops and other gorgeous granite products to contractors - all at low, competitive prices. Even in a fluctuating economy, the demand for countertops keeps growing. In 2001, countertops were an $8.7 billion industry. In 2006, business rose to $12.7 billion. And by 2011, it's expected to reach $14.3 billion.1
What’s more granite is the preferred kitchen countertop surface in new single-family homes and multi-family units2
. And countertops in new single-family homes have soared - from an average length of 18 feet in 2000 to 24.2 feet in 2007! 3
Here are some more facts:
- Granite countertop sales have jumped an incredible 75% since 2001 - and are expected to continue to climb.4
- Respondents in a Harris Interactive study conducted on behalf of the Marble Institute of America overwhelmingly preferred granite countertops in their dream kitchen over other countertop surfaces5. And 90% of those polled believe that granite countertops would enhance the value of their homes.6
But perhaps, the most important thing to know about us is that our clients give us glowing reviews! Over and over again, we receive letters and emails with phrases like these:
"extraordinary customer service"
"wonderful working experience"
Here is more of what our clients have to say about our founding company:
"Their management team, their installation crew and quality of the materials have earned them numerous praises... Clark will not hesitate to recommend (our company) to other developers for our future projects."
Suet Lee Yeo, Project Manager
Clark Multi-Family Builders - Mid-Atlantic
and his staff worked hard... Their attention to detail and speed in delivery has been unmatched. The overall experience...has been fantastic. I would recommend them for any of your countertop needs for residential and commercial projects."
Irvin Propps, Superintendent
Bovis Lend Lease, Inc.
The company "has demonstrated a high standard of professionalism during every stage of the project...All members of our team are very pleased with their fabrication quality, the inventory plans and the quality control system in place...Overall, my staff and I are very pleased with the job they did, and I have no hesitation to refer them to any jobs in which granite countertops are required."
Genady Rabinovich, Senior Project Manager
Gateway Grand, a 196-luxury oceanfront condominium project, in Ocean City, MD
The company "has met or exceeded all expectations in regards to fabrication, delivery schedule, installation, price and service."
David Pfifferling, Development Manager
The Trammell Crow Company
was founded by Gene Chu, a multi-talented entrepreneur. A Chinese immigrant to America, Gene's diverse background is integral to the concept. In addition to being an MBA scholar, Gene was employed for years in the corporate world, where he worked in financial management training, acquired experience in Asian distribution channels and developed excellent technological skills, learning to use tools such as Auto Desk software.
Looking for a career change, Gene was intrigued by the granite countertop market. While learning how to handle the product efficiently, he leveraged his contacts in China, connecting with high quality, lower cost granite and fabrication sources. And armed with lower, competitive bids he began winning jobs on large, upscale projects. As a franchisee, you'll get to share Gene's wealth of knowledge, insight and experience in the granite countertop business!
"In May 2003, I was given the opportunity to be part of the company by
starting as administrative assistant... From single private homeowners
to large commercial projects, I am amazed about the knowledge that I
gained about the stone business and the construction industry. Anybody
who has good business understanding and willingness to hard work
could do the same... Great growth potential!"
Sandra Arbo, Manager of Sales and Marketing and longtime employee
"I joined the company from its inception. It was definitely a
risk. I witnessed our growth every step of the way; it has been
a very rewarding venture for me. I am proud of what we have
accomplished in such a short period of time. Because of the
proven business model, I have no doubt that CounterTopia
will be a success."
Lily Zhang, China Manager and longtime employee