Peter Castorena, Minuteman Press printing franchise owner, Lancaster California.

How Former Retail Buyer Peter Castorena Transitioned to Owning a Minuteman Press Franchise

Peter Castorena worked for national retailer Robinsons May|Meier&Frank that was being absorbed into Macy’s. Rather than wait to be laid off or downsized, Peter decided to research franchise opportunities. With Minuteman Press, he found a franchisor that would fully train and support him as a new business owner in a new industry. Now in business for over 10 years and featured in Entrepreneur, these are Peter’s insights…

Peter bought his Minuteman Press franchise in Lancaster, CA in August 2006, and his story has been featured in Entrepreneur. Below are some of Peter’s key insights as to why he chose Minuteman Press, what he loves about being a business owner, and leaving the volatile retail industry behind:

  • Why franchising? “I chose franchising because I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. I wanted to find a franchisor that excelled in their industry, one with a model I could execute.”
  • What were you doing before you became a franchise owner? “I worked for a national retailer (Robinsons May|Meier&Frank) which was in the process of being absorbed into Macy’s. I worked in their corporate office as a buyer. It was very similar to running your own business – I had to purchase goods in a specific category, work with vendors to sell them, and manage the inventory levels. The major difference was I was using someone else’s billion dollar checkbook and I had a multitude of departments to lean on for support (i.e. marketing, HR, IT, MIS).”
  • Why did you choose to buy a Minuteman Press franchise? “I spent months during the course of my due diligence researching franchisors and working on a few business plans. There were two franchises I had considered moving forward with. Minuteman Press International was one of them for a number of reasons. On first glance, they’re leaders in their industry with multiple locations internationally. They’ve got a proven track record of growth. Working with my regional vice president Dan Byers, I came to find that Minuteman Press was open and honest about how a franchise operated, especially since they encouraged me to visit and speak with existing franchise owners. All of the Minuteman Press business owners I spoke with (in various stages of their business from new, established, and “seasoned”) were open and honest and had not regretted getting into the Minuteman Press Franchise. Couple their experience, happy franchisees, and the amount of support I get on the local and international level from the home office and it was a classic square peg into a square hole scenario – the perfect fit.”
  • What were the most unexpected challenges of opening your franchise? “I wouldn’t call them unexpected challenges, but challenges they were. Minuteman Press gives you the tools you need. Two weeks of training before I step foot in my new business and dedicated support with my local regional vice president and local area manager in the shop for a week helps you manage the challenges and prepare for them as they come.”
  • What advice do you have for individuals who want to own their own franchise? “Do your due diligence. Speak openly to the franchisor and existing franchisees. Spend time in a few locations of the franchise you’re researching. Get to understand what your average day is going to look like when you take over the business – in a perfect world nothing should be unexpected, you should know the challenges ahead and have the tools to overcome them. If something comes up you don’t understand – you should have someone to call for help. Make sure the franchisor can give you those tools.”
  • What’s next for you and your business? “More of the same! We took an under-performing location and we’ve built it up to an award winning store. We’ve grown our annual volume to levels never before achieved in my area. I plan to grow my business to the point where I can say, ‘That’s enough let’s maintain this level.’ I haven’t hit that ceiling yet, but I know the folks at Minuteman Press will continue to help me get there.”

About Minuteman Press International

Minuteman Press International is a number one rated business service franchise that offers world class training and unparalleled ongoing local support. Started in 1973 by Roy Titus and his son Bob, Minuteman Press began franchising in 1975 and has grown to over 950 locations worldwide including the U.S., Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Minuteman Press is ranked #1 in category by Entrepreneur for 14 years in a row and 25 times overall, including 2017. We are the modern version of the printing industry, providing high quality products and services for businesses that go way beyond just ink on paper. Today our stores produce promotional products, custom apparel, direct mail advertising, large format printing (banners and posters), signs, and much more. Prior experience is not necessary to own and operate a successful Minuteman Press franchise.

Learn more about Minuteman Press design, printing, and marketing franchise opportunities at no obligation by calling 1-800-645-3006 or fill out the contact form on this page.