Before you come on board as an Apricot Lane franchise owner, you’ll probably have several questions about our business model, what services we offer, our types of support and training, investment inquiries, and more. You want to know what to expect when you pursue a new clothing franchise opportunity, so we’ve put together this list of common questions, and answers to give you confidence in taking that next big career leap.
What Kinds of Training Will I Receive to Prepare?
Regardless of your background, it’s a common concern to feel like you lack the experience to open your own clothing boutique franchise. We understand that jumping from a corporate job or a different industry to a clothing boutique franchise can be a daunting prospect. However, Apricot Lane has an extensive training program designed to ensure that our franchisees are ready to open their doors on day one.
We offer 40 hours of virtual home training, including courses on our inventory management software. We also offer classroom training at our headquarters in the Sacramento Valley, which covers a wide range of topics, from store management and customer service, to marketing and inventory management. We’ll also take you on a field trip to the LA fashion district. Once your location is established and you’re preparing for opening day, we’ll provide on-site training on displays, sales systems, and staff training. This assistance continues even after your doors have opened for business. For the first 120 days, your boutique is open to the public, we will continue to track your operations, make check-ins, and provide ongoing assistance. It’s this sophisticated support system that makes Apricot Lane truly unique among clothing franchise opportunities.
Will You Help Me Find a Location?
Absolutely. We use a real estate broker to help research and secure the perfect location for you, and we connect you with a real estate attorney to negotiate the lease. We are very involved in the site selection and approval process – we even send someone out to visit you in your market as part of the broader approval process, on our dime BEFORE we award a franchise.
Can I Do My Own Buying?
Yes. Giving you the freedom to handle your own buying is key to what makes Apricot Lane unique among clothing franchise opportunities. You will have a lot of flexibility with regard to the merchandise you carry. We will put together your initial merchandise plan, including percentages of categories and specific vendors, but after that it’s up to you!
Once I Sign On, How Long Will It Take to Open My Store?
The answer to this question varies, and is highly dependent on the location itself. The condition of the space is an important consideration, as well as any construction needs and permits that may be required. For most new franchisees, however, the store is usually open four to five months after the signing of the Franchise Agreement.
Is E-Commerce an Option for Clothing Franchise Opportunities?
Yes! We utilize two e-commerce platforms, and encourage our franchisees to take advantage of them. We do, however, recommend waiting at least six months before adding an e-commerce platform, to give yourself time to build your customer base.
If you have more questions for us, or if Apricot Lane sounds like the clothing franchise opportunity for you, reach out to us here today.