Custom Storefronts, Inc. recognized as Kansas SBDC 2016 Exporting Business of the Year by Kansas SBDC at JCCC
Custom Storefronts, Inc. provides storefront designs, fixtures and components for national and international retail companies, including Janie and Jack, Charming Charlie, Tory Burch and True Religion. They craft their designs in wood, metal and glass from a new manufacturing facility in Olathe, Kansas and have customers across the U.S. and abroad, including Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Guam, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Panama, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
International brands and franchises turn to Custom Storefronts for consistent quality, delivered on time and on budget. Custom Storefronts knows that retail construction operates on tight budgets and fast-paced schedules. President Jon Roberts states, “Retailers come to us for their international projects because they are looking to provide their international partners with the same quality and products they are currently using for their domestic stores. It makes sense for them to utilize the same vendors from a time and cost standpoint.”
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Custom Storefronts was referred to the Kansas SBDC at Johnson County Community College by the Kansas Department of Commerce. John Addessi, Kansas SBDC Consultant, initially visited with Roberts onsite to discuss various ways that the KSBDC program could help Custom Storefronts grow. Ultimately, John suggested enrolling in the Economic Gardening program offered through Network Kansas. The Economic Gardening team provided information in many areas including website analysis, market and competitor assessment, social media/newsletters, general growth strategies and employee hiring and retention.
According to Roberts, “The greatest attribute that John and his team brought to us was the insight to consider and review each of these key business elements for a long term growth strategy. We now have an annual review of each of these key business elements to determine what the goals are for each, analysis to determine if they are working for us, and a list of potential changes we may need to make based on the current business environment. We have a much longer outlook than we did when we first started the business.”
Jon and his wife Camille originally started Custom Storefronts due to the desire to provide a higher level of service than the corporate world offered and to gain the satisfaction of having customers who appreciated that high level. Jon’s father taught him to do the best that he could and Roberts developed a passion for hard work and doing things right. Ultimately, Roberts credits his employees with making Custom Storefronts the company that it is. “We are blessed with a company full of great employees who share our vision for quality.” That attention to quality is showcased across the globe. Custom Storefronts is The Storefront Solution Provider and the international face of retail.
Interested in expanding your customer base through exporting? Visit the Kansas SBDC at JCCC to learn more.