- Company: Alunite
- Nature of Franchise: Manufacture and installation of aluminium products
- Established: 2006
- Footprint: 15 franchise stores
- Investment Required:
- Set-up Cost = R130 000
- Entrance Fee = R 30 000
- Initial Working Capital = R130 000
- Total Investment Required = R290 000
- Management fees: 2% of monthly turnover
- Marketing Fees: None
- Contact person: Jonathan Fleming
- Email: email@example.com
- Visit: www.alunite.co.za and www.lumbercity.co.za
- Call: +27 (0)21 551 3433 / +27 (0)71 642 9247
About The Brand
The Alunite franchise was developed by the same management team that runs the successful Lumber City Group. The Lumber City franchise established in 1979 currently has 25 independent stores in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Nigeria. Lumber City opened its first glass and aluminium business in Cape Town in 1989. By adapting and improving this highly successful business model over the years and compiling a comprehensive operations manual, the Alunite franchise has been established as an attractive and affordable business opportunity for franchisees.
Alunite franchises manufacture and fit standard and purpose-made aluminium products, including casement and sliding windows, single and double hinge doors, domestic and heavy duty sliding doors, shower doors, shop fronts, and patio and braai enclosures, amongst other products. Branches also specialise in the replacement of old wood and steel windows with custom-made aluminium products.
Franchisee Selection Criteria
Alunite franchisees come from all sectors. The ideal franchisee is a motivated, innovative and hardworking people’s person who has passion, business acumen and drive to succeed. Technical knowledge and experience of Alunite products is not essential as comprehensive training and a complete operations manual are provided.
Head office offers detailed factory lay-outs, plans of all the fixtures and fittings required, lists of machinery, tools and all other equipment is provided, as well as a comprehensive product knowledge compilation. In the training process, lots of time is spent on budgeting, goal setting, forward planning, how to use the job card systems, the price lists, the calculating programs for each and every product and our quoting formula’s.
The franchisor continuously updates price lists, calculator programs, job card systems and is on standby seven days a week to assist the franchisee.
The set-up cost (R130 000) covers all the machinery, tools, fixtures, fittings, furniture, administrative necessities, deposits, etc. whilst the balance of the money (R160 000) is used for the entrance fee, initial working capital and unforeseen expenses.
A 180m2 to 240m2 factory space is ample for an Alunite operation. It takes six weeks to two months from the application to opening date. The estimated time to break-even varies from store to store depending on the operator. In some cases break-even was reached within the first three months.
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- Study the website and obtain passwords to view the business plans
- Contact head office with any questions and queries
- Determine whether the potential franchisee has the required capital
- Pay initial fee
- Sign the franchise agreement and secure the mutually agreed upon area of operation
- Receive the operations manual
- Start one to six week plan to open the new Alunite store.
About Alunite’s products
Glass and Mirrors
Glass of various popular thicknesses and textures is stocked. Clear class from 2mm to 6mm, safety glass, obscure glass, and 3mm, 4mm and 6mm mirrors can be carried in stock sheets.
Patio and shower doors
Standard patio doors and side-lights are stocked in popular sizes for the DIY and domestic market. The most popular sizes are 1,8m, 2,4m and 3m. Also readily available to the market are patio doors up to 6m wide.
All Alunite’s manufacture their own domestic and heavy duty (shop front) sliding doors to the exact specifications of the customer.
A range of shower doors is also available in popular sizes and styles.
Casement and horizontal sliding windows are manufactured in stores but are also available from Alunite’s suppliers. The aluminium extrusions are available in various colours with white being the most popular. The cutting and assembling of window frames and glazing are done instore.
Enclosures and stack-away doors
Enclosures, where shop front aluminium extrusions are used, are very specialised and in great demand. Enclosing restaurants, patios, braai areas, pools etc. has become very popular.
The stack-away doors manufactured and fitted by all our Alunite branches are very popular. This product does not have the limitations of sliding doors and virtually the complete width of the door can be opened (or just a section).
Non-standard manufactured items are exciting to Alunite franchisees. The availability of a wide variety of aluminium extrusions enables Alunite to design and manufacture almost anything.
Remove and replace
Replacing old steel and wooden windows and doors in older houses with aluminium products is an increasing trend throughout South Africa. High margins are attained as homeowners are willing to pay for upgrading and modernising their property.
Aluminium windows and doors are low maintenance. It does not rot, warp, rust or the paint does not peel. Most sub-economical houses are now fitted with aluminium windows. With the enormous housing backlog, the demand for our products will increase exponentially.
ACDC Express Franchise Opportunity
ACDC franchise is the retail extension of the already well-established ACDC Dynamics importer and manufacturer of electrical products.
|Initial Franchise Fee:||R172 500.00 (Incl. VAT)|
|Set-up Costs:||Large Store: R4 740 000.00 (Incl R 2 000 000.00 initial stock)
Mini Store: R 3 180 000.00 (Incl R1 200 000.00 initial stock)
|Management Fees:||Gross monthly incomes (Rands excl. VAT)
5% of Gross Sales per annum
About the Franchise
ACDC Express is an electrical retail franchise, specialising in everything electrical. Established in 2007, our core focus is to provide customers with quality electrical solutions.
We offer a full turn-key solution and a unique concept store that provides customers with a convenient and versatile shopping experience, allowing customers to browse at leisure in what is effectively an electrical ‘supermarket’. In addition, ACDC Express actively participates in adding value to the customers by not only meeting customer expectations through superior customer service, but continuously offering excellent after sale service. Our independently owned stores are primarily supplied by ACDC Dynamics, which boasts a product range of over 55 000 individual items. These products are crucial in daily operations within the home, office and factory. This automatically creates a great and continuous demand for these products.
The growth and success of the ACDC Express Franchise Group is attributed to 2 basic principles, which form the cornerstone of the business: Customer Relationship Management and maximising business efficiency.
Vision & Mission
To be the preferred electrical retailer.
To be the best solutions driven electrical retailer. Focused on customer service and convenience to ensure electrical needs are satisfied
Distribution Reach – Nationwide
At ACDC Express we strive for service excellence. We look to ensure our services are of the highest quality and that they are always centered around our ACDC Express customers. We facilitate regular training sessions to equip our staff with superior product knowledge and unrivalled customer support and service etiquette.At Head Office the brand managers and training facilitators work intensely on all aspects of the brand to ensure that our sales staff are equipped with up to date information and an ability to provide excellent after sales service. To extend our accessibility we offer direct communication lines to all our ACDC Express customers who visit one of our national stores via Facebook or our website (www.acdcexpress.com). Our latest offerings and promotions are also included in our newsletters. It is possible to subscribe to our exclusive subscription list through registration on our website.
Available Franchise Locations:
- Messina/Louis Trichardt
- Port Shepstone
- Cape Town
- Montage Garden
- Parkland Stellenbosch
- Piet Retief
- East London
- Port Alfred
Sunburst Electric – The Electrical Contracting Franchise
Sunburst Electric is the go-to provider for all electrical installations in South Africa. Sunburst Electric can open the door into franchising and empower you to own your own business.
About Sunburst Electric
Sunburst Electric is an electrical contracting franchise which will service the residential and commercial markets, by offering repairs, upgrades and installations, while delivering high customer satisfaction by getting the job done right the first time. Our courteous technicians respect the home and family of their customers by providing attention to detail that ensures quality and safe work. No matter what the electrical contracting service customers need, Sunburst Electric has the power to make things better! At Sunburst Electric, we commit ourselves to providing modern operations, processes and business systems that can easily be replicated. We empower hard working entrepreneurs to achieve their financial and personal goals.
Let’s start at the beginning
The rights to sell Mr. Electric in South Africa were purchased in 2015. Mr Electric originates from the USA and is known as a global franchise organisation which provides electrical installation and repair services. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., the holding company of a family of service franchises which consists of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, AireServ, Five Star Painting, Mr. Handyman & Mr. Appliance, among others.
Unfortunately, the Mr. Electric name is registered to another entity in South Africa, therefore the franchise used the alternative name Sunburst Electric. The franchise system has been in operation since 1994 and with a huge gap in the South African market for excellent customer service in the electrical industry, it made absolute sense to launch this well known, global electrical contracting franchise on South African soil.
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Why choose Sunburst Electric?
With over 30 years experience, franchisees can be confident that Sunburst Electric is a globally proven franchise system. Local as well as international support is readily available to all franchisees, from operational and marketing support, to day-to-day business support. We focus on providing expert electrical service that fully satisfies our customers needs.
Complete turnkey solution
Joining Sunburst Electric as a franchisee means that you will get a complete turnkey solution. The set-up cost is inclusive of equipment, hardware and software, marketing material, training as well as a fully branded vehicle. The great part is that, as a franchisee you could leave Head Office, after your extremely valuable and informative training and start working immediately without waiting another second to start making profits.
Top Locations For A Sunburst Electric Franchise
With over 270 possible Sunburst Electric franchise locations nationwide, the perfect fit for you is out there.
Our pre-selected locations are known as “Zones”. Purchasing a zone will allow a franchisee to trade and market in that area. We have based the designated zones on the research that was conducted by a research consulting firm. A franchisee can purchase a maximum of 2 zones at a time, purchasing multiple zones will enable the franchisee to receive a discounted price on the other zones.
Top Zones per Province:
- Cape Town
- Hout Bay
- Jeffery’s Bay
- Port Elizabeth
- East London
- King Williams Town
- Durban South
- Richards Bay
- Rustenburg North East
- Rustenburg South West
If you want to learn more reasons to invest in an electrical franchise, or if you would like to take the next step in joining Sunburst Electric, don’t hesitate to contact us today!
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