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3@1 Business Centre

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
3@1 Business Centre is a South African born and bred franchise concept headed by founding member Chris Dunn with the support of his wife, Belinda Dunn, in her capacity as Franchise Sales Director. Serving the small and micro business sector, 3@1 have established themselves as a leader in the provision of print to go, courier and Kodak Express services. The support offered by the franchisor team and their broad range of products and services mean that this concept appeals to would-be business owners from all walks of life.

New developments confirmed for 2017 include the conversion of 26 PostDotNet group stores in Zambia as well as two new 3@1 stores in Namibia. The franchisor has also secured a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a 3@1 outlet in the United Kingdom, South East of London.
The concept under the spotlight
The 3@1 Business Services franchise concept offers a retail opportunity in the business and communications industry that delivers consultative, personalised service in a professional, user-friendly environment.

Boasting cemented partnerships with DHL International and the Kodak International Express photographic provider, the 3@1 service offering encompasses DHL Express Easy, counter-to-counter local courier, Kodak Express services, ID and Visa photos, and business and broad format print. The company recently expanded their service offering to include business registrations and many SARS-related services.
3@1 Promotes owner-operated stores with an initial staff complement of two team members to support the franchisee.

Applicants have a choice of three business formats ranging from a stand-alone full store measuring 60 to 80sqm, to an express store option occupying 30 to 45sqm and the recently introduced store-within-a-store kiosk concept requiring only 20sqm. The kiosk option is aimed at existing sites that have extra retail space, for example inside video stores, fuel stations or independent food retailers.

Consider your support
The 3@1 franchise is a full turnkey offering. Franchisees enjoy the support of the head office team every step of the way; from site selection to securing the lease, then through the planning phase to store set-up, training, and the eventual store opening.

Introductory training for new franchisees is compulsory and takes place in an existing outlet before store opening. The training incorporates an overview of the 3@1 business model, marketing and advertising, store operations, merchandising, customer service and management techniques as well as inventory, cost accounting, and general business procedures. After the store opening the franchise team spends a further five to seven days in-store with the franchisee to ensure they and their staff are proficient and comfortable.

Do you fit the profile?
3@1 Is looking for innovative thinkers, young and old, with entrepreneurial drive to join its thriving network. Retail and/or management experience will be advantageous but is not mandatory. An outgoing personality and a desire to support and service business owners and consumers, are key.
Contact Information
Contact: Belinda Dunn
Phone: 0861 359 834
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Founder Chris Dunn
Date founded 1999
Area of origin Tyger Valley, Western Cape
CEO Chris Dunn
1st Franchise opened 1999
Number of outlets 68
Available areas
Average store turnover Available on request
Achievable gross margins Available on request
Average setup cost From R735 000
Initial franchise fee R65 000 (included in set-up cost)
Management services fee 3% of turnover
Marketing fee % R1 000 pm
Initial agreement term 10 Years
Renewal term 10 Years

* Amounts quoted are VAT exclusive