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Fresh Coat Painters of Allen and McKinney has been named the national Franchise of the Year, just after a year-and-a-half after their opening. Darrell and Marie Hale began to build their business in the summer of 2012, and both have worked hard to make their business what it is today. Starting this business was a chance for the Hale’s to start a new chapter in their lives together.

“Painting is one of those things you need, regardless of the economy, and it’s not a fad,” Darrell Hale said. “I knew that we were off to a good start, but I had no idea we’d be named Franchise of the Year.”

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems and has more than 100 franchise owners nation-wide. Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 List, in the last year alone. They have also been part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

Fresh Coat offer multiple services such as interior and exterior painting, wood staining, wallpaper removal, and nearly every protective coating application. They also offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling, and they use quality, environmentally safe materials. Not only do they serve Allen and McKinney, but they also serve Plano, Murphy, Wylie, Lucas, Fairview, Garland, Richardson and parts of North Dallas.

Hale said that balancing life has been a challenge as well as getting into the routine of owning a business, but they are thrilled with how things have gone. Fresh Coat’s December numbers turned out to be double their 2012 total, and Hale is confident they will increase another 20 percent this year. “In fact, our business is so strong already this year that I’m bringing on a part-time estimator to help with the quotes,” said Hale.

Fresh Coat Painters work with employee painting teams rather other than contractors in order to ensure excellent quality services. They offer a 3-3-3 promise, which means calls will be answered within three minutes, a quote will be delivered in three days and the job will be started in three weeks.

The Franchise of the Year Award also recognizes a franchise owner’s contribution to the Fresh Coat franchise system. Bernie Brozek, President of Fresh Coat Painters, said that Darrell and Marie’s business growth has been phenomenal. “We can always count on [Darrell] to help other franchise owners and to offer advice when he can,” said Brozek. “We [are] very proud of Darrell and Marie.”

“I know PAINTING is too many letters for a phone number, but in Texas, you can leave off the G,” Hale said. “Paintin’ is the same thing.”

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Allen and McKinney can do for your home or business, visit, email dhale(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or call 972-PAINTING.

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