By Peter Saunders
The installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of garage doors are not typically the domain of franchisees, but The Garage Door Depot has set out to change that. Currently comprising 28 locations across Canada, the chain grew out of its parent company’s need to diversify.
“Canadian Access and Door Systems was founded in Port Coquitlam, B.C., in 2005 and served a predominantly commercial market,” explains Dean Carman, president and CEO. “In 2007, though, we realized new construction would soon take a nose dive, so we started another brand to target consumers instead. We began securing a relationship with Costco in 2008, ran a pilot program in Ontario in 2009 and sold our first franchise in 2010.”
The franchisor initially focused on British Columbia. The first territory covered the Fraser Valley, followed by a second franchise in Kelowna in early 2011 and then three more across Vancouver Island.
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