“Sophia franchise” brand expands in Barcelona and Balearic Islands

Sophia, one of the leading Romanian brands of curtains, draperies and custom decorations, with 30 franchise stores in the country and the USA, enters the Spanish market. The Romanian company focuses on developing its network of franchises and micro-franchises in the Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, but also in Barcelona, through the diaspora, ​​in the context of a high potential of the HoReCa and residential real estate segments in these areas, according to Business-Review.eu.

The entry into the Spanish market is supported by The Confident Group, an independent integrated communication cluster, which offers strategic communication consulting to Romanian companies and franchises that want to expand in Barcelona and the Balearic Islands.

Founded in Iasi in 2004, Sophia has constantly expanded in several regions of the country, reaching 30 own and franchise stores in key cities. The company also has a franchise in the US, in Miami, and continues its international development in Europe.

Currently, Sophia offers two business concepts – the Sophia franchise and micro-franchise, respectively.

In addition to the possibility of franchising, which involves opening a brick-and-mortar store under the Sophia Romania brand, in the fall of 2023, the Romanian company launched a new line of business – micro-franchising. With an investment of 5000 euros, architects, designers, and interior design enthusiasts can become partners without opening a physical store. They get a complete set of fabric samples and need a customized machine with the Sophia brand.

“Entering a new country is important for developing the company and the Sophia brand. Spain has a culture closer to Romania’s and a market with high potential in hospitality and real estate development. In the early stage, we enter the Spanish market through a franchise with a range of products suited to the minimalist style and consumption behavior of Spaniards and expats. Our focus is especially on sales to HoReCa, and Mallorca, Ibiza, and Barcelona have a high potential in this segment. Still, we also address interior designers for the real estate segment and final consumers”, declares Anamaria Georgescu, founder of Sophia.

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