Dream Doors kitchen makeover franchise has launched its 50th UK showroom with the opening of a new retail outlet in Kempston, officially opened by the Mayor Mohammed Masud.
Dream Doors, which opened on Thursday, January 27, offers kitchen makeovers for a fraction of the cost of a full re-fit, replacing doors, worktops and drawer fronts to transform a kitchen within just 48 hours.
The new showroom is run by Graham Eaton and is at 73 High Street, Kempston.
Graham is a Kempston resident and former carpenter, who had previously been running a loft conversion business in the area.
He said: “The kitchen is such an important room in a house, the place where families cook, eat and catch-up with each other. But not everyone can afford to pay tens of thousands for a re-fit and not everyone wants weeks of disruption to their lives while it is going on, so I’m expecting interest to be huge.
“The fact there are so many successful Dream Doors showrooms already across the UK shows the demand is there for kitchen makeovers, and I can’t wait to get started.”
With more than 5,000 kitchen makeovers completed across the Dream Doors network in 2014, the market opportunity for franchises is huge, with demand set to increase even further in 2015.
Dream Doors’ turnover in 2014 topped £20M for the first time, and the average turnover per franchise increased by 20% in 2014 vs 2013.
Dream Doors MD Troy Tappenden, believes they have found a model which is transferable all over the UK.
He said: “People love their kitchens, but many consumers just don’t want to spend tens of thousands on a re-fit and put up with the weeks of disruption it causes. That’s why our franchisees are doing so well, filling a market need that exists from Aberdeen down to Cornwall and at all points in between.”
The new Dream Doors showroom is run by Graham Eaton, who feels there is a major opportunity to capitalise on the demand for kitchen makeovers.
He said: “I’d looked at other franchise options, but felt the consumer demand in this sector was too good an opportunity to turn down. I had been a carpenter previously, so had some kitchen experience, but Dream Doors has given extensive training and lots of marketing support and I can’t wait to get started. The chance to work near my home, with my own retail premises, backed in every way possible by the Dream Doors HQ was really compelling and I’m confident it’s going to be a great year.”
Dream Doors is a full British Franchise Association member and independently monitored by Check-A-Trade, so customers can be assured of the best possible standards in product and service. All franchisees get free training into how to run a Dream Doors franchise, from sales techniques to understanding the latest colours and trends in kitchen design. All training is free and new franchisees are given all the support they need to make their showroom a success.
Troy added: “We had our first one million pound franchise in 2014, with several more not far behind. Our products and services are constantly in demand, which means our franchisees are too. It offers them a great opportunity to run their own business with our support and we are delighted to welcome Graham on board as our 50th showroom.”