Step Aside, Kinko’s, and Make Room for Copy Club
There are those who believe taking on the copying service company, Kinko’s, is like a battle between David and Goliath.
From Copy Club’s perspective, it is reaching its goals quickly enough to take on that giant.
Copy Club opened its fourth location in San Diego at the Stone Crest Plaza in Kearny Mesa last month. The center has copy equipment, digital technology, computer rentals, faxing services, graphic design and full-scale production capabilities.
The location, near Interstate 15 at Aero Drive, also houses a U.S. Post Office satellite outlet, which offers stamp sales, priority and overnight mail service, registered mailing, moving orders and shipping.
Nimish Mody, president of Mody Entrepreneurs, said this is his first Copy Club franchise. Mody previously held executive-level positions with San Diego-based Byte & Floppy Computers and Suldanallys Solutions, Ltd., in India.
“The high-tech concept is what attracted me to this franchise,” he said. “Copy Club is highly involved in customer service with a high-tech orientation.”
Venu Babla, executive vice president of Copy Club West in San Diego, said the franchise concept allows entrepreneurs to launch a clean, professional business in high-tech services.
She said seven branches of Copy Club have opened in California and seven more branches will be opened in the next year.
Copy Club was ranked No. 34 last year on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of the Top 50 New Franchises.
The Copy Club concept was developed by Houston-based International Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Inc. The company received $5 million for researching the success of the Kinko’s copy store chain and developed Copy Club as a high-tech, full-service business copying and imaging solutions franchise network.
The franchise requirements for Copy Club are for owners to have a net worth of at least $1 million and $500,000 available in the investment package.
She said many of the owners already have the general business skills from their previous backgrounds. Many of the owners have senior and upper management experience. The franchise of Copy Club will let the owners use those skills for work.
“Most of the owners have been in the corporate world before hitting the entrepreneur spirit and say, ‘I need to do this for me,'” Babla said.