Do You Want To Know A Secret?

Stranger in a Strange Land

Name and age: Arvind Gupta, 42

Franchise name and description: Kwik Kopy Printing provides printing and mailing services.

Franchise location: Reston, Virginia (with two additional locations in Northern Virginia and Canada)

Opened: 1987

1999 sales projections: $5 million

Stranger in a strange land: Prior to immigrating to the United States from India in 1986, Arvind Gupta owned a wholesale shoe store in his native land. With financing from friends, Gupta established his first Kwik Kopy store in Reston.

Do you copy? "Franchisees should keep in mind that franchisors will probably help educate you about the basics, but you have to find your own individual niche in the market," says Gupta. And he's done just that, with a location in Canada that provides full-color printing and electronic publishing services and a Northern Virginia location that offers offset printing and mailing services. He plans to expand to New York City and Chicago and have each additional store provide a unique service.

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Anderson's Mountain Mike's Pizza, P.O. Box 721, Clayton, CA 94517, startoys@value.net

Children's Orchard, 6000-11 Lake Gray Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32244, (904) 573-0300

Computer Rennaissance, tb@compren.com, http://www.compren.com

Cookie Bouquet, 888-COOKIES, http://www.cookiebouquet.com

Crestcom, (303) 267-8200, http://www.crestcom.com

Guardsman WoodPro, (314) 936-1999, WoodPro.BJFabre@worldnet.att.net

The HomeTeam Inspection Service, (941) 489-3334, hometmlee@aol.com

Kwik Kopy Printing, (703) 648-9000, arvindg@aol.com

My Favorite Muffin & Bagel Cafe, 1224 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, (317) 815-1174

Novus Windshield Repair, 5623 Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, novus@3-cities.com

Pak Mail, (305) 253-7131, amtsang@worldnet.att.net

Papyrus, 563 Northgate Mall, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 363-8055

Sylvan Learning Center, (619) 668-4000, fax: (619) 469-8191

Taco John's, 1110 Fifth Ave., Havre, MT 59501, (406) 265-5787

Worldwide Express, (919) 845-3343, tmadine@aol.com

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This article was originally published in the January 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Do You Want To Know A Secret?.

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