Protect Painters Primed To Coat Twin Cities With 15 Additional Locations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN | Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Full-Service Painting Company Brightens Up Home and Businesses

ProTect Painters, a professional painting contractor franchise, specializing primarily in exterior, residential painting projects, is ready to brighten up even more Minneapolis/St. Paul homes and businesses by adding 15 additional franchise locations over the next three to five years, relieving area consumers of the common stress of painting projects.

ProTect Painters' first location in the Twin Cities, owned by Ed Philpot, is celebrating one year of serving the community this June.

"We are thrilled to expand the ProTect Painters concept throughout Minneapolis and specifically in the Twin Cities," said Wayne Scherger, President of ProTect Painters. "ProTect Painters is the solution for time-starved home owners in the Twin Cities who are coping with the stress of working longer hours than ever before to hold on to their jobs, and need someone to come in and handle its painting needs." Protect Painters was recently acquired by Service Brands International (SBI), the franchisor of household services category leaders Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman and 1-800-DryClean, to strengthen their lineup of branded in-home services, and provide its franchisees additional cross-referral opportunities. Under the SBI umbrella, the ProTect Painters concept is expected to grow to 200 units during the next five years.

"Painting is a $30 billion industry that's primed for a powerhouse national brand," said Alex Roberts, Vice President of Franchise Development of SBI. "The ProTect Painters franchise opportunity is appealing because, sooner or later, every home and business will need to be painted. The repaint cycle creates built-in demand." ProTect Painters franchise owners enjoy a residential and light commercial painting franchise business that offers owner flexibility, a proprietary Right Start training program, a Sales and Technology Center where ProTect Pros answer customer calls 24/7 to address service needs and schedule appointments, and an industry-first Customer Acquisition & Referral SystemóCARS that drives business to the franchise. The average cost to open a ProTect Painters franchise is approximately between $77,000 and $97,000.

ProTect Painters is a new member of the Service Brands International family of home-service franchise brands that over 25 years has earned a stellar reputation for integrity and mentoring people, helping hundreds of franchise owners to reach their financial goals and to realize their lifestyle dreams. "No other franchise system in the painting industry, and few within the franchise world, has the power, resources and commitment of a franchisor like Service Brands International, which will use its industry experience to provide innovative systems and services to facilitate the ProTect Painters franchise growth," said Scherger. "ProTect Painters also ensures steady, reliable work for professional painting crews in the metro area." For franchise information, visit www.protectfranchise.com or contact Alex Roberts at 888-464-4242 (ext. 540) or alex.roberts@servicebrands.com.

About ProTect Painters Protect Painters is a professional painting contractor franchise specializing primarily in exterior, residential painting projects. The brand's strong foundation is built on franchisee training and support created by founder Wayne Scherger, who started the company in 1994. Just recently, ProTect Painters was acquired by Service Brands International to join its forces with Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, and 1-800-DryClean brands. Under the SBI umbrella, ProTect Painters is expected to grow to 200 units during the next five years. For more information about ProTect Painters services, please visit www.protectpainters.com. For more information about the ProTect Painters franchise opportunity, please visit www.protectfranchise.com.

About Service Brands International Founded in 1984, Service Brands International is a privately held, multi-concept franchise system with worldwide headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its portfolio of home-services brands includes category leaders Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, and 1-800-DryClean, and recently added ProTect Painters. Molly Maid is the most respected name in the residential cleaning industry. For the 5th consecutive year, Entrepreneur magazine ranks Mr. Handyman the #1 handyman service franchise. 1-800-DryClean is Entrepreneur magazine's #1 delivery services franchise and is carving a preferred niche in a booming $10 billion industry. For more information, visit www.servicebrands.com.

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