Local SEARS Carpet Cleaning Franchise Reeling from SHS Bankruptcy but Says "It's Business As Usual For Customers"
(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
OTTAWA, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Local business owner Sean Wiley whose
company SDW Services has been operating for almost 20 years as Sear's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning was informed by email on Friday that they were to cease doing business
under the Sears banner and that they were now a creditor to the
receivership of SHS Services Management Inc, even though their local
business remains profitable and completely separate from SHS.
Sears Canada handed the reins for all their home services products to
SHS only 9 months ago (March 2013) and it has not been a smooth
transition. "They had lofty goals to improve marketing efforts and strengthen the
Sears Home Services brand but very little has materialized." Said Wiley. All the revenue SDW generates locally goes through the SHS
merchant account meaning SHS gets the revenue first then remit it to
SDW less a fee. Wiley is now owed for much of the work he completed
over the past month and is left with no support from Sears on how to
proceed. "Our business is good! We have a great local client base and I don't
want to lose that" Wiley would like to continue to operate under the Sear's banner but
will have to wait and see what Sear's really has to say. According to a
Price Waterhouse Cooper (The trustee) website, http://www.pwc.com/car-shs SHS is clearly not Sears but seems to be in control of the brand when
it comes to home services.
After spending 30 years with Sear's Carpet Cleaning this is very sad to
see for Mr. Wiley. He has owned the franchise for 20 of those 30 years
and with a lot of blood sweat and tears and millions of dollars of
advertising, has built a really good business. "We just want our customers to know that we are still in business and
plan on remaining so, whether it is as Sear's or not" said Wiley.
About SDW Services Inc
Established in 1994, SDW employs 15 people including their own
management and local customer service staff plus technicians who
operate their 6 trucks equipped with specialized equipment for carpet &
upholstery cleaning. They also pick up & deliver area rugs for cleaning
in their warehouse.
SOURCE SDW Services Inc
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