Foot Solutions, Inc. announced the acquisition of the Florida-based retailer Happy Feet Plus, Inc.
Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Foot Solutions reported it has more than 150 franchised stores in 14 countries while Happy Feet Plus operates 12 stores.
“Happy Feet Plus and Foot Solutions are a textbook match,” said John Prothro, CEO, Foot Solutions. “Combined, we have 59 years of experience keeping customers healthy on their feet. Already we are learning and sharing best practices with each other, and, as we grow together, the combined business will set the standard for foot wellness retail.”
Jane Strong, co-founder and outgoing CEO, Happy Feet Plus, said, “After starting Happy Feet Plus in 1985 with my partner Jacob Wurtz and then overseeing it myself for the past two and a half years, I am ready to pass the baton to someone else. Although there was a lot of interest, I feel that John Prothro and his Foot Solutions team are the best fit to carry on the mission of our company and to take it to the next level.”
As part of the integration plan, Foot Solutions also announced the promotion of Taylor Berry to VP of Operations and Bryan Scott to Senior VP, Strategic Growth. Among other duties, Scott is responsible for its newly formed Innovation Group tasked to differentiate the company through technology integration, training and product R&D. Joining the Innovation Group will be representatives from both companies, including Bryan Dickler, Foot Solutions Head of Medical and Training and Happy Feet’s Alan Boiko leading product innovation.
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