It’s a moving experience: Two Men and a Truck comes to Grand Junction

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Chad Covell hired Two Men and a Truck to help him in Michigan and was impressed with what he said was a moving experience in every sense of the word.

Covell said he was impressed enough with the service to consider purchasing his own franchise of the moving company. “It was one of those business opportunities that’s always been on my radar.”

After moving to Grand Junction, Covell said he’s ready to take advantage of that opportunity in opening what’s billed as a mini-market franchise.

He hopes the business will soon grow beyond its name with more than one truck and more than two men. Given the track record of a company that’s developed over the past 35 years into one of the largest franchised moving operations in North America, Covell said he’s optimistic.

Two Men and a Truck offers local and long-distance moving as well as packing services and moving supplies. Covell said he’ll also offer indoor storage and storage containers.

Covell said he’s something of a serial entrepreneur who brings to his latest venture more than 20 years of experience in various businesses. That includes a modular housing factory he owned in Michigan.

He said he’s familiar with the operational and financial aspects of running a business and, in particular, the importance of providing excellent customer service. “If you’re not able to do that, it’s pretty tough to be successful in business.”

Cheryl Acklerly, franchise development specialist with Two Men and a Truck, said Covell is exactly the kind of franchisee for which the company looks. He brings to his franchise business experience as well as a commitment to customer and community service. “He checks off all the boxes.”

Headquartered in Michigan, Two Men and a Truck operates a total of more than 380 locations and 4,000 trucks in the United States as well as Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Ackerly said the new Grand Junction location is what’s billed as a mini-market franchise in serving an area with a population of 100,000 to 225,000 people. All of the services of the company are available, however.

Those services are available not only to help customers move entire households, but also to help customers move between apartments or into senior housing. Services are available to move businesses as well, she said. “It’s perfect for Grand Junction.”

Two Men and a Truck offers franchisees a system that’s proven to work, Ackerly said. Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Two Men and a Truck among the top 500 franchises in the United States and No. 1 in the moving category.

“If they follow the process, they’re doing well,” she said.

In Grand Junction, Covell said he hopes to soon acquire another truck for his franchise and hire eight to 10 movers and drivers.

Covell said he expects to offer the same moving experience he enjoyed with Two Men and a Truck back in Michigan to his customers in Western Colorado.

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