In a world where many noteworthy events tend to be negative, we would like to focus on the positive accomplishments we have been privileged to be a part of in 2013.
As a company, it was another eventful year at Batteries Plus, now Batteries Plus Bulbs. As we officially changed our name and announced it to the world, we made a commitment to our customers to be a major player in the rapidly growing $17 billion* light bulb replacement industry (*according to Freedonia Research Study). With the final phase out of incandescent bulb production effective January 1, 2014, including 40W and 60W lamps, (along with previously discontinued 75W and 100W bulbs), the future of this industry is quickly moving in the direction of exclusively more energy-efficient replacements, and we will be there to guide consumers through this transition.
This year, we also celebrated our 25th year in business. Having started with a single store in Green Bay, WI and growing to become the largest nationwide franchise for batteries and light bulbs, with hundreds of locations throughout the country and Puerto Rico, is definitely something to be proud of and humbled about.
The most rewarding moments of 2013 for Batteries Plus Bulbs, however, came from assisting residents in times of need, and donating to many worthy local and national charities. Here are just a few of the exemplary acts performed by our independent, local franchisees this past year:
Also, in 2013, Batteries Plus Bulbs was fortunate to partner with the world-renowned charitable organization Habitat for Humanity, and donated more than a half million dollars’ worth of energy-efficient CFL bulbs to build sites in Alabama, Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin. Not to mention, associates in the Milwaukee area even had the privilege of donating a couple days of manual labor to local sites, as well.
Furthermore, 2013 saw the franchise get recognized as one of the “50 Top Franchises for Veterans”. With over 20 veteran ownership groups in our system, comprising of more than 10% of our nationwide locations, Russ Reynolds, Batteries Plus Bulbs’ CEO, concisely voiced the company’s sentiment on being mentioned in this regard by simply stating: “It is an honor to be selected as a top franchise for veterans.”
Finally, we’re pleased to announce that we have opened our 600th and 601st franchise locations, for a total of 55 new stores in 2013. With dozens more planned to open in 2014, Batteries Plus Bulbs is poised to continue to add hundreds of new jobs each year, at both the corporate and local levels, and we are proud to continue to create more employment opportunities.
A leader in energy-efficient lighting replacements, battery and light bulb recycling, and the portable power provided by batteries (both electrically and solar charged!), we are happy to continue to be a one-stop-shop for all of your power and lighting needs, for both residential and business customers, now and for years to come.
Our customer service will continue to be our priority, and our gratitude for your continued business and support cannot be overstated. Thank you for another great year, and have a safe, happy New Year!
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We repair broken Apple® devices, including iPads®, iPhones® and iPods®, most Samsung® devices and many more. Plus, we have screen protectors for cell phones and tablets.
In-store services include (among others):
• Cracked Screen Replacement
• Button Replacement
• Camera Repair
• Charge-port Repair
• Headphone-jack Repair
• Speaker Repair
• Battery Installation
• Screen Protector Installation
Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. Roark invests primarily in consumer and business services companies, with a focus on the franchise, food and restaurant, specialty retail, environmental services, waste management, and business services sectors.
With the opening of the first all-battery retail store in 1988 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus, as the brand was then known, quickly became the uncontested leader in the battery market, differentiated by superior product knowledge, product availability, helpful service and advice.