Fleet Feet Offers Franchising Opportunities for Military Vets

A man and woman sit on a bench in a Fleet Feet store.

After serving in the military, it can be hard to transition back to civilian life. Having a routine and being part of a community can help make the transition smoother. Fleet Feet offers military veterans the chance to jumpstart a new career as owner or operator of a successful community-focused Fleet Feet store.

“After we left the military, Stephen and I were looking for a way to not just plug into our community, but to serve them. Fleet Feet truly provided that,” explains Juliet Horan, a Marine Corps veteran.

Horan served eight and a half years in the Marine Corps, where she met her husband Stephen. The two opened a Fleet Feet franchise in Hickory, North Carolina a few years after Horan completed her service.

“The community of owners that we have within Fleet Feet that all work together and want to see each other succeed is amazing,'' Horan says. “Fleet Feet is about community, and when you leave the military that’s hard to find.”

Erik Adams is another veteran who joined the Fleet Feet community in 2019. Adams served 20 years as an army medic before joining the Fleet Feet Leadership Development Program and becoming an Operating Partner.

“It was an easy transition. Many of Fleet Feet’s core values are very similar to the Army’s core values,” Adams explains. “Fleet Feet has continued to allow me to do the work I did in the military, just with a different platform. I can lead and coach and solve problems for customers.”

Check out Fleet Feet’s segment on Military Makeover to learn more about franchising and leadership opportunities for veterans.

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