Signarama Ann Arbor is one of the latest additions to the Signarama family, having opened its doors in early October 2014. Co-owners Andy Yu, and his daughter Megan, oversee the fledgling business, with Megan managing the day-to-day operations and the project management and Andy handling the outside networking.
Andy retired from the auto industry in January 2014 after 38 years, but he decided that he still was not quite finished with the working world. He recalled that his daughter, Megan, had brought an idea to him three years ago about co-owning a business together, although nothing had ever come of the discussion. Perhaps, he thought, now is the time to take her up on that offer.
Megan had been working in retail at the time, but had expressed her desire to work in a business where every day was something different and new. She also wanted a business that helps others in the community.
Andy and Megan found an entrepreneur coach, and began sifting through different opportunities until they arrived at Signarama. They liked the support that our corporation offered, and market-wise, our business model fit what the new entrepreneurs were looking for in a franchise business. Megan particularly liked that the sign business would help other businesses become successful, and it offered something new every day.
One of the more exciting attributes of opening up a Signarama store in Ann Arbor is the ability to find a niche within the Ann Arbor community. Since the store is so new, the projects have been all over the board: from banners to real estate signs, with a few vehicle graphics sprinkled into the mix for good measure. They’re also close to several universities, so the potential for growth is huge. All in all, Megan and Andy are getting exactly what they want, and the chance to grow a brand new business and make it all their own.