Think owning an Off the Wagon store would be fun?

Do you often find yourself laughing when nobody is around?

Do you have obscure irrelevant knowledge floating around in your head?

Do you wish you had a job where you could be yourself, laugh and have fun?

Then owning an Off the Wagon Shop Franchise my just be your perfect career path!

What we have to offer:

1.  PROVEN success.  Off the Wagon has been highly successful in its five years in Kent Ohio.

Increases in Sales at Off the Wagon (compared to the previous year):

2010  47.73%

2011  58.41%

2012  37.26%

2013  42.91%

2014  19.29%

2015  27.72%


2.  We know this industry!

LONG HISTORY and wealth of knowledge of both retail operations and the toy business.  When it comes down to it, the difference between success and failure in today's competitive retail market depends on an excellent working knowledge of how to operate a small retail shop, what to buy, and how to differentiate yourself from other retail markets.  We've been working in the toy industry since 1991.  To be honest we've learned a lot along the way... through past successes and failures.   We know what works and what doesn't work.  Off the Wagon is our most successful retail store operation ever.


Stores we have owned and Operated:

Off the Wagon-  2009- present

My Little Red Wagon- 1991-current (estimate) Quaker Square- downtown Akron, moved to Stow in 2002, 2nd location opened in Hudson in 2007, Stow closed in 2011, Hudson store is at 220 N. Main Street

Honey Gold Perfumery+ 1970 (estimate) Quaker Square- downtown Akron, moved to Stow, closed as a store but we still manufacture the perfume and sell it online and in our stores.

Thomas Town- 1991+ (estimate) Quaker Square.. sold everything Thomas the Tank Engine. Very successful store that we later merged into My Little Red Wagon

Crabtree and Evelyn- 1984+ (estimate) Quaker Square- downtown Akron, later the store merged into the Honey Gold Perfumery where we sold Crabtree & Evelyn products

The Pewter Shop - 1987-2000 (estimate) Quaker Square- downtown Akron

The Train Shop- 1990 - 1998 (est) Quaker Square- downtown Akron

Hilton Fairlawn Gift Shop - 1985-1990 (est) Fairlawn, Ohio


3.  We make it faster, easier, and better for you. 

You don't have to reinvent the wheel.  We have all the processes, policies, ordering, bookkeeping, training, merchandising, etc. streamlined for you.  We have developed, recorded and updated our policies and procedures for two decades.  We are committed to constantly keeping our procedures up to date and finding new ideas that might work better.  Developing a process for ordering, bookkeeping, policies and such can be extremely time consuming.  We have streamlined this to make it faster, easier, and more accurate. 


4.  We can keep you from failing in one of hundreds of different ways.

Retail can be a very competitive tough market.  We have seen many, many stores come and go.  The reasons for failure are vast.  Sometimes store owners just have a bad concept from the start.  More often the execution is the problem.  Just having a great idea, won't make you a great retailer.  We KNOW what makes a great retailer, and we know how to execute the plan to make it succeed.  There are too many pitfalls in this business to become successful if you don't know all the different variables that go into successful retailing. 


5.  Our experience:


23 years of retail ownership experience / 30 year of retail experience

Ownership and/ or operation management of over 12 different retail locations and shops

BS in Marketing from the University of Dayton, graduated magna cum laude

Extensive knowledge in:  POS systems / inventory / purchasing / bookkeeping / merchandising / training / marketing / budgeting

Memberships:  Kent Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Kent board member, American Specialty toy retailing member

Served / is serving on several boards of directors in the community


Contact Us (Call our store 330-474-1330) or office 330-688-5502 and leave a message.   We will return your call.  Or fill out our Contact us form and we will call you.

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