The Junkluggers Acquired by Authority Brands

Junkluggers Acquired by Authority Brands

Founder Josh Cohen Will Stay with the Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Junk Removal Franchise

Authority Brands has purchased The Junkluggers, a franchise known for diverting waste from landfills by means of recycling, by giving unwanted possessions to charitable organizations, and by re-homing them through the innovative Remix Market, a marketplace for secondhand goods. The Junkluggers, founded by Josh Cohen in 2004, has 90 franchise units operating in 350 sites around the U.S.

In a news release about the acquisition, Cohen said he created The Junkluggers “to not only help customers get rid of unwanted items, but to promote green practices in every community we operate in and with each piece of junk we lug.“ He added that “our new partnership with the Authority Brands network will power our mission and allow us the support and resources to expand our client network without sacrificing our passion for sustainability and customer service that have been the cornerstone to our success.” Cohen will continue to stay involved with The Junkluggers, the news release stated. 

Complement to Authority Brands Portfolio 

The Junkluggers will complement the wide-ranging brands already in 5-year-old Authority Brands’ portfolio of home-services brands. Authority Brands CEO Craig Donaldson said “The Junkluggers is a natural fit” within his company’s growing family of franchises. 

Donaldson further said that as an umbrella franchisor, Authority Brands’ growth and success has been “made possible by our strategic acquisitions and our partnership with mission-driven brands that align with our core values. We are excited to welcome The Junkluggers to our family of brands and support them as they continue their upward growth trajectory and expand their franchise business.”

Ashish Karandikar, on the board of directors of Authority Brands’ parent company, said the umbrella franchisor seeks to partner with “brands and entrepreneurs that are driven to succeed. The Junkluggers’ dedication to their customers and the environment makes them a key partner for our Authority Brands family, and we are looking forward to supporting their success through the many resources we provide.” 

About Authority Brands

Columbia, Md.-based Authority Brands’ other franchises are America’s Swimming Pool Co., Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Color World Painting, DoodyCalls, DRYmedic Restoration Services, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, STOP Restoration and Woofie’s. 

At present, Authority Brands franchisees serve customers in more than 1,900 territories operated by more than 1,000 franchise owners. Authority Brands places a priority on nurturing franchisees’ success by providing them with excellence in marketing, technology and operational tools and resources, the company’s news release said.

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