Hawaii Native Goes “Green” and Brings Newest Creative Colors International Franchise to NE Minneapolis

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Industry Leading On-site Repair and Restoration Franchise Saves Local Customers 90% on Replacement Fees

Heather Lui

CCI stuck out to me from the beginning. It feels like the culmination of all my business and personal life experiences. It just feels natural - Heather Lui

Creative Colors International(CCI), the nation’s leading on-site repair and restoration franchise, will launch its newest location on April 9, in NE Minneapolis. This is big news as more local business owners and cost-conscious residents than ever before are seeking out alternatives to astronomical upholstering charges and replacement fees associated with damaged possessions that are made of leather, vinyl, plastic and fabric.

Heather Lui, a Hawaii native, is leaving Oahu behind to relocate to Minnesota where she will bring her passion of restoring-over-wasting to residents of the NE Minneapolis-St. Paul area. She first came to the mainland for college in Washington state and not only fell in love with the ability to drive wherever she wanted and experience four seasons, but she came to embrace the idea of restoring, reusing, and recycling. (The fact she’s a huge country music fan may have played a small part in her re-location, too).

“We are such a wasteful society,” said Lui. “I hate things going into the landfill. I am always the one who would take things off the curb and rehab them and give them new life. To do that was so satisfying. It makes me feel like a good human.”

After years of bouncing around from career to career, including a stint at IKEA where she built showroom furniture and improved inventory systems, Lui decided she wanted to focus on something new. She sought out a franchise business ownership opportunity where she could bring together her creative side and working with her hands, her love of systems and process improvement, and of course, the freedom associated with owning her own business. She looked at a lot of franchise options but Creative Colors International (CCI), the nation’s leading on-site repair and restoration franchise, was the clear choice.

“This company stuck out to me from the beginning. It feels like the culmination of all my business and personal life experiences. It just feels natural,” said Lui.

Lui was also drawn to the fact that Creative Colors International is a family-owned franchise, where people are treated like family members instead of employees. The extensive training provided by the home office has given her the confidence to start her own business knowing she will still have a family-centered support system behind her.

“I’m excited for this change. I love change. Change is growth,” said Lui.

That growth will benefit people in the NE Minneapolis area. The company’s revolutionary products and restoration techniques will help local customers save up to 90% in replacement fees by repairing worn and/or damaged materials – extending their life and keeping them out of the landfill.

The statistics suggest that repairing and restoring, as opposed to upholstering and replacing, can save local business owners and residents hundreds of dollars on any damaged item. For example, the costs associated with upholstering any type of seat can be very steep, ranging anywhere from $120 to $450 per cushion. And according to Terri Sniegolski, Creative Colors International’s CEO, the commitment shared by all franchisees to help customers save money, and deliver on the company’s “We Can Fix That” philosophy, has been the key catalyst for the company’s expansion to 82 locations in 28 states with 160+ mobile units since its initial inception in 1980.

“We’re excited to open our next Creative Colors International location in NE Minneapolis because we know Heather shares the same ‘We Can Fix That’ attitude our other successful franchisees possess,” said Sniegolski. “We are thrilled about our expansion in the NE Minneapolis because we know the local business owners and customers in the community will be eager to repair and restore their possessions at a fraction of the cost.”

Serving the automotive, commercial and furniture industries, Creative Colors International offers affordable solutions for tears, holes, scuffs, scratches and other types of damage found on leather, vinyl, plastic or fabric through on-site repair, restoration, cleaning, dyeing and protection.    For local residents, this means Creative Colors International can repair auto interiors, leather furniture, RV flooring, and boat vinyl, among other things. Additionally, for business owners, Creative Colors International can repair and replace any upholstery found in critical locations around the company, such as waiting rooms, examination rooms, restaurant booths, hotel rooms, and theater seating, etc.

For more information on Lui and her Creative Colors International location, please visit https://www.wecanfixthat.com/stpaul.

About Creative Colors International
Launched in 1991, the Creative Colors International (CCI) franchise system was created through its affiliate, J&J’s Creative Colors, the original industry leader in refurbishment techniques and systems. Today, both companies continue to be family-owned and operated by the second generation. Catering to the abundance of upholstered items in every home, business and vehicle, CCI is the ultimate in on-site repair, restoration, cleaning, protection, and dyeing of leather, vinyl, plastic and fabric. Through proprietary technology, CCI restores damaged material at a fraction of replacement costs, saving customers up to 90 percent. CCI repairs are stronger than the original area and are nearly invisible to the naked eye. In the Automotive, Furniture and Commercial Markets, CCI offers on-site repair and restoration to all types of leather, vinyl, fabric, plastic and carpeting by repairing and redyeing holes, cuts, tears, burns, scrapes, fading and discoloration. For more information on CCI’s services and franchise opportunities, visit http://www.wecanfixthat.com.

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