July 27 2020 08:49 AM

That brings the total size of the network to more than 200 locations.

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The Grounds Guys, Waco, Texas, awarded more than 15 new franchise agreements and opened about 20 new locations from January to June of this year. That brings the total size of the network to more than 200 locations open and in development across North America.

“We have seen continued growth across the system this year and are tracking above our 2019 results, even with the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Josh Sevick, president of The Grounds Guys. “We were one of the fastest-growing companies in the landscaping industry last year, and with highlights so far this year including franchise owners nearing their break-even points earlier than we’ve ever seen before and first-year franchise owners achieving historic sales levels, we expect to be near the top of the list again in 2020.”

New agreements in the first and second quarters expanded The Grounds Guys to seven new markets, including Boston; Seattle; Boise, Idaho; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Lubbock, Texas; and Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, new territories awarded will grow the brand’s existing presence in markets including Houston; Dallas-Fort Worth; Atlanta; Nashville, Tennessee; Cincinnati; Baltimore; Cleveland; and Jacksonville, Florida.

“Across our roster of brands, Neighborly has benefited in recent months from the essential nature of our home service brands,” says Brad Stevenson, chief development officer of Neighborly, the parent company of The Grounds Guys. “I commend our The Grounds Guys franchise owners’ willingness to adapt in the face of adversity and to continue to serve customers at the highest level. Through The Grounds Guys’ continued commitment to growth through franchise development, its ongoing implementation of useful tools and resources for franchise owners and its consistent recognition as a leader in the landscaping space, The Grounds Guys is playing an important role in furthering Neighborly’s vision to 'own the home' with our family of home service brands.”