07 July 2011
(West Palm Beach, Florida.) -- OFFICE 1 SUPERSTORES INTERNATIONAL Inc. today announced the forthcoming introduction of Office 1 superstores in Haiti.
The Master Franchise, Fourniture Expo, started out in 1997 as a 600 Sq Ft stationery store founded by a young and dynamic entrepreneur, Claudel Dumas, and his wife Katia a lifelong school teacher and the founder and Principal of a modern pre-elementary school. Both were animated by the vision of offering basic stationery with reliable service and free delivery to a diverse clientele whose expectations had been raised by the recent lifting of the US embargo.
In 1999, this embryo store was expanded to 3,500 Sq Ft to accommodate the addition of office furniture to the assortment. Ten years later, through hard work and diligence Fourniture Expo had become a three-store operation with more than 50 employees and a warehouse of 12,000 Sq Ft delivering nationally.
Undeterred by the 2010 earthquake and a general downsizing of competition, Claudel Dumas recently contacted OFFICE 1 to become the master franchisee for Haiti.
The first Office 1 Superstore in Haiti will open just in time for back-to-school this year to be followed by two sub-franchised stores covering the northern and southern parts of the country. OFFICE 1 Haiti will consolidate the market share achieved by FourniturExpo and provide its business clients, as well as students and their families, with an expanded assortment at unbeatable prices, in a modern and colorful 3,000 Sq Ft store located in Petion-Ville’s best shopping mall.
The story does not stop here. In Claudel Dumas’ own words: “Katia and I believe that a better education means a better nation. The size of our business will be determined by the size of our faith. The best is yet to come and our dream is to create a Foundation to help kids obtain a better education.”