One mall shopper, Molly Ames, said she didn’t wear flip-flops in cold weather, but might look at a pair as a Christmas gift. “I have a few friends that might wear them…even in the winter,” said Ames, 27.
Jones is connecting his businesses through joint offers, including a $5 Buffalo Wild Wings coupon for every $20 Flip Flop Shops gift card purchased and a $5 Flip Flop Shops coupon for every $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card purchased. Both offers will run through Christmas. A pair of women’s red Sanuk flip-flops runs for $55.95 and women’s Roxy sandals for $14.50.
He doesn’t have exact future locations in mind, but Jones plans to open more Flip Flop Shops once the Glenbrook store makes a profit. Four out of the six employees followed Jones from Buffalo Wild Wings.
Founded in 2004, Flip Flop Shops became a franchise in 2008 and was ranked No. 170 in the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The retail chain plans for 236 new locations to be opened or in development by ’13, as stated in a media release. There are more than 70 shops in operation and more than 100 under development throughout the U.S.