ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., May 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- While this specific pandemic is new to every business owner, leading and finding success during a hard time is familiar ground for Amy Freeman and Penny Rehling, the CEO and COO of The Spice & Tea Exchange, respectively.
The franchise was founded in 2008, the middle of the Great Recession, with a vision to offer guests a more flavorful life with hand-mixed spice blends, exotic teas, sugars, salts and gourmet gifts. The two women grew as leaders and businesswomen while founding the retail franchise during a turbulent time, and that has led them to guide and inspire their 70+ franchise system during the coronavirus pandemic.
Today, the business partners are instilling in their franchisees a message that they weren't scared in 2008, and they aren't scared now. The Spice & Tea Exchange is doing everything in its power to keep money coming in for the franchisees, help franchisees with local government ordinances, and provide support at every step of this pandemic.
"Ninety seven percent of our stores have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, whether that's having to close doors completely, or reduce hours," said Freeman. "One of the first steps we took was having the executive team call every franchise operator in our system. We wanted them to hear straight from our leadership that The Spice & Tea Exchange is a nimble company, working tirelessly to pivot so they profit."
Here are just a few of the steps The Spice & Tea Exchange has taken to best support the franchise system:
"The past two months have been a roller coaster, but it's been immeasurably comforting to know all of the things that Amy, Penny and the corporate office have done behind the scenes," said Tami Brown, franchise owner of the Sioux Falls, SD location. "From the start, they had plans for events and conditions that no one else was thinking about yet. The way they've been calm, methodic, and planned everything has helped take stress and panic away from me and other franchisees."
As franchisees prepare to open their doors in select areas across the country, The Spice & Tea Exchange continues to provide guidance on safety measures and the "new normal" in the industry. "Retail is going to continue to look different for a while, but we look forward to planning a system-wide event in the future when we can all come together and celebrate our strength through this crisis," said Freeman.
For more information on The Spice & Tea Exchange, please visit https://www.spiceandtea.com/franchise.
About The Spice & Tea Exchange
The Spice & Tea Exchange® was founded in 2008 with a vision to create a one-of-a-kind retail shopping experience. The company has 70+ franchise stores across the United States, providing guests with more than 140 spices, 85 exclusive hand-mixed blends, over 40 exotic teas, naturally-flavored sugars, salts from around the world, gourmet gifts and accessories. For more information, visit https://www.spiceandtea.com/franchise. For franchising information, visit https://www.spiceandtea.com/franchise.
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