$1.00 store services, is a dishonest and greedy corporation. My husband and I were intersted in owning a small business, after looking into many other options, we decided on $1.00 store services, they seemed like a very upstanding operation and the numbers they showed us looked good.
Once we had given them our money we had our first meeting with our "new store trainer" Judi. I have been in the retail industry for years and know quite a bit about it, minutes into our meeting I started having doubts (remember they had already taken our money, all $95,000.00 of it plus we had to put up another $40,000.00 for rent and opening costs) what she was telling us was, in my mind, common knowledge and some of her information was actually very wrong. I thought "well, that's ok they seem to be the experts so, I'll go along with it", man was I wrong!!
The store opened without a hitch, we did not see great numbers right away but, I know it takes time to get people to know you are there so I didn't sweat it. Weeks turned into months and I watched our sales plummet. As part of the money we had given them, they found our location and negotiated our lease. We couldn't pay our rent, employees or order new merchandise.
My husband set up a meeting with John LaFonz, the general manager of $1.00 store services and they gave us a list of things to try. Here are just a couple: employees need to wear matching shirts (I only had one employee left because I had to lay four of them off) and put balloons on your sign.
After that I started to get worried, that was the best information they could supply us with? Still we followed their suggestions and now our sales are lower than ever, we are probably going to lose EVERYTHING we have worked for prior to this; our house, automobiles and our investment property. They will no longer take our calls or give us any sort of refund, their business and people skills are poor at best.
If I had enough time to physically stand outside their business and tell people our story I would and I have the financials to show them. Unfortunately now that we have NO employees I am at the store all the time. I feel weak and sick most of the time and the stress and severity of the situation is threatening my health and life as I know it.
PLEASE do not give these people any business or money they are shallow, greedy, unproffesional and uncaring to put it lightly. If anyone is thinking of doing business with them, please contact me and I will tell you everything in detail.
Las Vegas, Nevada