At a Glance
- Founded: 1986
- Locations: 227
- Initial Investment: $ 105K - 150K
- Headquarters: Newbury Park, CA
- Category: Art Retail
ASTFRAME USA, Inc. is a leader in the custom picture framing industry. Started in Newcastle, England, the first American Fastframe store opened in Thousand Oaks, California, in 1986. Fastframe began franchising in 1987. Stores offer immediate turnaround using on-site custom framing. They can also locate hard-to-find or out-of-print pieces of art.
Support/Training: Fastframe Corporate stays in the middle of the entire transaction between the Buyer and Seller. The Buyer attends two weeks of training at the Corporate Office and during the takeover period a representative from Corporate will be at the store for additional onsite training.
Competition/Market Pros: Fastframe provides professionally designed advertising materials and programs developed to increase your market share. Fastframe’s marketing department is in house and there when you need them. A unique part of the Fastframe experience is our Guarantee on design. If you are not satisfied with your finished framed artwork, we will recraft or redesign your piece in the same price range, free of charge within 30 days of the sale.
Growth and Expansion Potential: Another way to grow your business is our Satellite program, It is a great way to maximize the Fastframe presence in a franchisee’s territory, while minimizing the costs of expansion. The concept incorporates the traditional Fastframe storefront without a production facility, which allows for a location smaller in size
Fastframe franchisees benefit from:
• High Margins
• Low staff requirements
• Sociable Hours
• Strong repeat customer base
• Non-seasonal business
• Low non-perishable inventory