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College hunks hauling junk; college foxes packing boxes

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Several years ago we covered junk-removal companies 1-800-Got-Junk and Any Junk?, based in Canada and the UK, respectively. Though we didn’t know it then, turns out a like-minded company was being launched in the US around the same time. Epitomizing the brand name that says it all, College Hunks Hauling Junk has since grown from a temporary summer gig into a multi-truck, multimillion-dollar franchised business with locations across the United States. Washington, D.C.-based College Hunks Hauling Junk taps local colleges and universities to find what it calls the friendliest and most trustworthy junk haulers in the industry. Serving both residential and commercial clients—past ones have included US Airways and the SEC—the company offers comprehensive service and upfront pricing that includes labour, disposal fees and travel time. College Hunks says it recycles more than 60 percent of the junk it collects, and it also donates a portion of its revenue to College Bound, a nonprofit scholarship program. Since its original founding in 2005, the company has expanded to employ more than 100 people in 14 locations including Orlando, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and has been featured in SmartCEO Magazine, The Washington Post and on This year, it expects to grow to 30 franchises, with overall sales of USD 10 million. Meanwhile, a new sister business—College Foxes Packing Boxes—was launched last year. College Hunks is actively seeking franchisees across the country; one to bring to a junk-laden territory near you? (Related: Helping seniors relocate.) Spotted by: George Palmer



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