San Diego-based Instant Imprints, which operates mostly franchised stores selling corporate and organizational promotional products and services, has reached an agreement with an Orange County franchisee to extend the brand to that region.
Financial terms were not disclosed. The first Orange County store will open in September in Fullerton, operated by members of the Schneider family, led by Jim and Kathleen Schneider.
A company spokesman said Instant Imprints, with headquarters in Mira Mesa, plans to open 10 stores over the next five years through one or more franchisees in Orange County, with up to 15 planned throughout Southern California.
There are currently 50 stores in North America, including three in San Diego County. The company’s stores offer organizational marketing items such as shirts, caps and pens, with document and other services including screen printing, embroidery and heat transfers.
Instant Imprints was founded in 1992 and is planning to build a new local corporate office to house additional training and other operations. The company is led by CEO Ralph Askar, a former executive with locally based Mail Boxes Etc., now known as The UPS Store.
— SDBJ Staff Report