The Restoration 1 Franchise Story

One of the fastest growing restoration businesses, Restoration 1 franchise, is a worthy brand with a bright future

Restoration 1 is quickly becoming the shining light in the $210 billion restoration industry, known for our expertise in water, fire and mold restoration and remediation services. We excel in terms of expertise and our commitment to customer service. While the brand was founded in 2008 and began franchising in 2010, it wasn’t until Gary Findley took over as CEO in 2016 that Restoration 1 took off by smashing franchising goals and expanding across the country in record time by opening 75 new locations in 2016.

Gary Findley "I am passionate about helping fellow entrepreneurs realize their full potential, achieve financial independence and create a better life for themselves and their families"


According to Franchising USA, the nation’s premier magazine for franchisees, the leadership of Gary Findley sent a shockwave of momentum that continues to this day, as Restoration 1 is now “one of the fastest growing restoration franchises in North America.”

“[Restoration 1] originally aimed to have 100 locations by the end of 2016, but thanks to an additional 75 locations sold throughout last year, it has surpassed that original goal by a long shot,” Franchising USA reports. “Currently represented in 26 states, the company fully expects to be in all 50 states by the end of 2017…Company plans call for having a total of 500 locations nationwide in the next four years.”

Gary-FindleyGary Findley has been in the franchise industry for the majority of his professional life. Immediately prior to joining Restoration 1, Gary was the CEO of Curves, a women’s fitness concept, where he grew the brand from two locations to over 8,000 locations around the world. Franchising USA reports that Gary was originally brought in to lend his franchising expertise to Restoration 1 but quickly saw the value in the brand and becoming its CEO:

“He was given the keys to the company and now finds himself running the show,” Franchising USA writes. “With Gary having been in franchising for over 25 years, Restoration 1 is in great hands. Recently, Entrepreneur named Restoration 1 as one of the promising brands in its ‘10 Hottest Franchise Business Categories’ list. Each category highlighted multiple brands that show tremendous growth potential.”

Franchising USA explains that Restoration 1 satisfies all of the qualifications that Gary identifies in a successful franchise system:

infographic: Qualification for a successful franchise system: low investment, low overhead, high margins, no need for a brick and mortar location, the ability to be recession resistant

“I immediately saw the value in Restoration 1,” Gary says. “We had a simple business model that could be extremely profitable in markets large and small, so we set out to build the support structure, make significant investments in technology, and refine the systems necessary to not only attract our ideal candidate, but also to ensure that they would be successful for the long-term. As a franchisor, we take the fact that people are investing real money into our business extremely seriously. I wanted to build a business that I would own and be successful in because I am most passionate about helping other entrepreneurs realize their full potential, achieve financial independence and create a better life for themselves and for their families.”

The importance that Gary placed on building a proven business model was met with universal praise from the media and succeeded in attracting entrepreneurs to franchise with Restoration 1 in record numbers. In 2018, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Restoration 1 as the No. 132 franchise system on its annual Franchise 500 list of best-bet investments. This accomplishment is even more significant because this is the third consecutive year Restoration 1 made the list under Gary’s visionary leadership.

Morris County Team of Restoration 1 franchisees standing in front of their building

“I credit our phenomenal franchise sales team and a franchise opportunity that has attracted the most incredible prospects in my entire career of franchising,” Gary tells Franchising, in an interview. “From Wall Street executives and corporate evacuees, to military veterans and successful entrepreneurs, we have the most qualified leaders joining our network.”

2017 also began with Restoration 1 hosting its largest ever on-boarding training class of 16 new franchisees, who are opening new franchise locations throughout the U.S. The wave of momentum is going to continue until Restoration 1 is the household name in the booming $210 billion restoration industry.

“We’re going to keep growing,” Gary says. “Our business is giving a lot of entrepreneurs the chance to own a successful business, and there is nothing that is more worthwhile than helping aspiring entrepreneurs realize the American Dream.”

Ready to bring Restoration 1 to your community? The time is now!

Restoration 1 is a low-cost investment opportunity with potential for high returns, with the total investment estimate to begin operations on a new restoration franchise ranging from $84,500 to $193,125. Restoration 1 is an effectively turn-key business, with zero overhead, no buildout costs or brick and mortar expenses, making Restoration 1 far more affordable than other franchise concepts in the home restoration industry. Unlike our competition, we have prime territories available. Learn more today.

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