HARTLAND — While
many retailers are feeling negative effects from online shoppers,
Hartland-based Batteries Plus Bulbs reported increases in sales from
2016 to 2017.
According to the
company, from 2016 to 2017, Batteries Plus Bulbs experienced a 3.7
percent increase in same-store sales and a 5.3 percent increase in
Over the last
three years, system-wide sales have grown 22.6 percent.
Bulbs is a franchise business that continues to experience
skyrocketing demand in the industries we serve,” said Russ Reynolds,
chief executive officer of Batteries Plus Bulbs, in a statement.
“U.S. households have approximately 3.2 billion devices requiring
batteries and 7 billion light bulb sockets requiring light bulbs. At
some point, these batteries and light bulbs will need to be
replaced, and many of those devices repaired. We specialize in
providing solutions to people’s problems, especially in a dynamic
and evolving retail environment where immediacy and convenience are
in high demand.”
Started in 1988,
Batteries Plus Bulbs from 2016 to 2017 had a 42 percent growth in
its phone repair sales. In addition, the light bulb replacement
category grew 4.8 percent.
the company’s expansion of its We Fix It repair business has helped
drive additional sales growth at the store level. Its nationwide
network of more than 700 stores performed nearly 650 different types
of phone repairs last year; and to date, We Fix It has conducted
close to 2 million repairs on phones,” according to the release.
In 2017, there
were 26 new Batteries Plus Bulbs store openings, 23 of which are
franchise-owned and three corporate locations. Forty-eight percent
of locations are owned by franchisees who operate more than one
location, according to the company.
Batteries Plus Bulbs expects to open 33 more franchise locations and
14 corporate locations, which will generate around 165 new jobs in