Three from Upstate to lead effort
Three Upstate entrepreneurs will help take Staymobile's growth to the next level.
Brian Hammond and Eliot Stone of Spartanburg and Will Kellett of Greenville have reached an agreement with the Atlanta-based mobile device repair service to lead its franchise and sales support.
Their company, Staymobile Launch LLC, will be responsible for opening 150 stores and creating about 600 jobs across the U.S. during the next five years.
“We're very excited about it,” said Hammond , who grew up on the east side and went into business with Stone about 15 years ago. “I think we're prepared for it. We have the managers and people in place to run our business. We're going to have to adjust, but we feel really good about where we are as a company.”
Hammond said his company currently has eight stores, including one in Spartanburg, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, and five in Charleston.
He said Staymobile Launch will provide support for current and future Staymobile franchisees. The company will initially hire about 10 people for its headquarters at 807 E. Main St. in Spartanburg.
“As we grow, we're going to try to add more people,” Hammond said.
Hammond, Stone and their other business partner, Kevin Crowley, own Bob's Car Wash near downtown Spartanburg and six Firehouse Subs stores — three in Seneca, Clemson and Easley, one in Georgia and two in North Carolina.
“Our new relationship with Staymobile Launch will not only streamline our franchise sales and support systems, but it will allow more time for our executives to focus on driving traffic to our existing stores,” said Chuck Morrison, president and chief marketing officer for Staymobile, in a statement.