Wheelchair Getaways Franchise

Wheelchair-accessible rental vans

In 1921 the Pennsylvania-based Van Artsdalen Express was a successful freight company. By 1972, it had been restructured to operate school buses instead of trucks. While working for the company, J. Edward Van Artsdalen noticed that people using wheelchairs were some of the most poorly served individuals in the transportation market. Motivated by this discovery, Van Artsdalen founded Wheelchair Getaways Inc. in 1988. The company rents wheelchair-accessible vans to individuals and groups. The company began franchising in 1989 and was purchased by J. Stewart and Jean Gatewood in 1994. Wheelchair Getaways is now based in Versailles, Kentucky and owned by Richard Gatewood and Moon Ko.

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How much does it cost to open a Wheelchair Getaways Franchise?

The investment required to open a Wheelchair Getaways Franchise is between $40,000-$112,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $17,500 which grants you the license to run a business under the Wheelchair Getaways name.

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    10 years
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Wheelchair Getaways News & Press Releases

When did the first Wheelchair Getaways open? 1988
When did Wheelchair Getaways start Franchising? 1989

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2005 43 0 0 1
2004 42 0 0 1
2003 43 0 0 1
2002 42 0 0 0
2001 42 0 0 0

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Expense In-House Third Party
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Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising

Franchise can be run from home.

25% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Your income potential as a Wheelchair Getaways Franchise entrepreneur depends vastly on many factors. As an entrepreneur, the goals to achieve are related to expanding sales while lowering your operation costs and increasing the quality of your products and or services. Each month your operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage / rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items. From one month to the next, you may find your costs fluctuate, but your up-front costs are, for the most part, fixed and they will cover most of the initial setup of equipment, signage and renovations.

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wheelchair van, handicapped van, used wheelchair vans, wheelchair and scooter accessible vans, conversion or wheelchair lift vans, temporarily disabled van rental, temporary disability interim vehicle, non-emergency medical transportation, disability vehicles
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Wheelchair Getaways

Wheelchair Getaways Inc.
P.O. Box 605
Versailles, KY


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