Franchise of the Year
Reading and Western
Just Between Friends, has awarded the ‘Franchise of the Year’ honors to co-owners Tracy Panase and Beth McIntyre. Panase and McIntyre own two Just Between Friends (JBF) franchises—one in Reading and the other in Western Mainline in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
“We are honored to be named the JBF Franchise of the Year as it represents the culmination of all the hard work that our moms and dads do to help us make it possible for local families to shop, sell, save, smart!” Panase said. “When we started our first JBF event four years ago, we were the only sale in the state of Pennsylvania. Our goal at that time was to make JBF part of our community's vocabulary. Now, we’ve been recognized nationally. It’s incredible.”
“This franchise knows the value of teamwork and brings out the best in others through encouragement, recognition and respect,” Shannon Wilburn, co-founder of the national company JBF, said. “They also know the value of partnerships and relationships. Surely, their communities must be as thankful for them as we are.”
Panase and McIntyre began their JBF consignment event in the Spring of 2009 in Reading and then opened the Western Main Line event in the Fall of 2009. Since then, they’ve grown their sales by more than 60-percent a year, according to Wilburn. Most of the money goes back to the families of Reading and Western Main Line who consign their maternity and children’s clothes, toys and equipment at the events.
The two moms are hands-on during their events, organizing merchandise, helping customers and making sure JBF is a fun place to shop. Each season, the co-owners welcome more than 1,400 consignors, hundreds of volunteers and more than 10,000 shoppers.
“To have grown to the level that we are today with two locations—Reading and Western Main Line/Oaks—is a true testament to the need we serve in our communities,” Panase said.
During JBF events, shoppers can find maternity and children’s items marked down 50 to 90-percent from regular prices. Families who sell items get to keep sixty-percent of their sales. The average consignor earns $450 during one event.
“Tracy and Beth have developed partnerships with their volunteers, consignors, bloggers and other key opinion leaders in their communities. They know these people are truly the engine that drives their business,” Wilburn said. “By taking care of these partnerships and treating these people as friends, they continue to faithfully spread the influence and gospel of the JBF brand in their communities.”
Tracy Panase is a mom of two great children, who plan to run JBF when they’re older. Beth McIntyre is a mom of three kids who inspire her to do her best every day. Both moms are known for freely sharing their wisdom and advice with other owners.
Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Winners Tracy Panase and Beth McIntyre!