Franchise Services of North America Inc. Announces New Franchises for U-Save and Rent A Wreck Canada
- Expansion of the system continues both domestically and internationally -
TSX-V Trading Symbol: FSN
CALGARY, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Franchise Services of North America Inc. ("FSNA" or the "Company") announced today the signing of a U-Save Master Franchise Agreement for the Country of Mexico, a new U-Save airport franchise in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a new Rent A Wreck franchise in Gormley, Ontario. The Gormley and Colorado Springs locations will open immediately; Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, the first two operating locations under the Mexico Master Agreement, are expected to begin operating under the U-Save brand later this spring. "We are extremely excited about these new franchise locations and the continued development of the system. The original business model called for the company to focus its growth efforts on operating in the top 30 airports in North America. Whereas the company has made good progress in reaching those goals in the first year since becoming a publicly traded entity, the interest in the U-Save brand internationally and from the top 50 airports has been very promising and we continue to pursue these opportunities as well. The Colorado Springs airport location is particularly interesting as they were a member of our ARRC association. As a result of utilizing the services and resources available to them through the association they were able to grow their business and become a full-fledged U-Save franchise. This organic growth is a direct result of the synergies provided between the divisions of the Company," commented Robert M. Barton, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FSNA. Franchise sales activity continues to be a major focal point of the Company's effort to expand the points of distribution and to broaden awareness of the U-Save brand internationally and the Rent A Wreck brand in Canada. The Company currently has several other candidates under consideration to further expand both brands. About FSNA ---------- FSNA is a publicly traded company on the TSX Venture Exchange. The company and its subsidiaries own the following brands: U-Save Car & Truck Rental, U-Save Car Sales, Rent A Wreck of Canada, Auto Rental Resource Center (ARRC), Xpress Rent A Car and Peakstone Insurance. U-Save, with its subsidiary ARRC, has over 1,100 locations throughout the United States and is one of North America's largest franchise car rental companies. Having primarily serviced the local market for the past 25 years, the company is expanding into the airport market with plans for the opening of airport locations in the top 30 markets in the United States and the major airports in Canada. U-Save currently services 26 airport markets in 14 different states. U-Save Car Sales is an expansion of the U-Save brand into the car sales market, and provides goods and services to car sales operators looking to affiliate with a national brand. Practicar Systems Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of FSNA) owns the rights to the Rent-A-Wreck(R) trademark for all of Canada. The Rent-A-Wreck(R) system operates a network of 50 franchises from coast-to-coast in Canada, providing a range of vehicle rental, leasing and sales options to its customers. The Rent-A-Wreck(R) system has been in continuous operation in Canada since 1976. Forward-Looking Information --------------------------- Certain information included in this press release is of a forward-looking nature. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, as well as uncertainties and other factors. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking information. Some of the risks, uncertainties and other factors affecting FSNA are discussed in our public filings with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Copies of FSNA's Canadian filings, including our most recent management information circular, annual information form, interim financial statements, material change reports and news releases, are available online at www.sedar.com. Information in this document is presented as of January 7, 2008 and is subject to change after this date. However, FSNA disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of this transaction and has neither approved or disapproved the contents of this press release.
SOURCE Franchise Services of North America Inc.
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