16 healthy combo machines, 5 conventional combo machines and 2 soda machines in 17 centralized locations
As first on the ground, we landed some of Denver’s best educational, cultural, athletic, and business locations. Fresh Healthy Vending is a great choice for anybody seeking autonomy, flexibility, and reliability, such as a veteran or parent returning to the workforce, or a corporate manager who wants to actually accomplish something.
While you need a basic comfort level with machinery, you do not need vending experience. After four years of steady growth in locations and revenue, I can identify some characteristics that will help the next owner continue to succeed:
You should be able to speak knowledgeably about nutrition and health.
You should be ready to network for new locations. The quest for great locations never ends; aside from serving existing clients, this is the most important thing you'll do.
You should be willing to swap ideas with other franchisees nationwide and with FHV management in San Diego.
You should have a decent sized vehicle (I use a Honda Element) and a climate-controlled storage space about the size of a garage bay.
Your bank should have a change counting machine. (I pay my mortgage with change, which I won't quite put up there with my wedding night or the births of my children, but gosh it's fun.)
Most importantly, you should recognize that vending is not a passive investment, but, when done right, a way of exploiting technology to expand the number of customers you can serve. Going into vending makes you a capitalist in the classic sense because you are deploying more machinery than labor, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work at this; plan to spend 10-40 hours per week depending on such seasonal factors as school vacations. The satisfaction comes from the clear relationship between what you put in and what you take out.
Let's do a ride-along and see how you like it.
Colorado Springs, CO
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