The uBreakiFix store in Pleasant Ridge Town Center is going like gangbusters.
Co-owner Ron Harb opened the repair store July 11, and only three months later, opened his second uBreakiFix in North Little Rock.
"We fixed a computer and two phones yesterday, people just walking in," Mr. Harb said in an interview the day before his shop at the corner of JFK and McCain boulevards officially opened.
Shoppe Talk has had experience with the staff at the Pleasant Ridge location and can attest that they are an industrious, enthusiastic bunch of young folks who do not mind taking time to explain problems with a computer in simple terms. To a man, they were kind and helpful and obviously at the top of their game. Sitting in the pleasant waiting area, Shoppe Talk also saw lots of customers streaming in and out. Happy, satisfied customers, many of whom were pleased to have had their cell phones repaired while they waited.
"It's been doing awesome. People are really responding to the customer service we provide," Ron said. "We fix Macs, PCs, game consoles. I've got TVs on the bench right now. If it's got a power button, we can
"And if we can't, it's free. We do free diagnosis, and if we don't fix your device, it's free."
In addition, if it's not in a customer's best interest to fix a phone or computer, uBreakiFix will relay that information as well.
"Many times it's more efficient to fix, especially when you have a place you can go with your beloved device. We fix our stuff right there. We don't send it out, unless it's a motherboard issue. Ninety-nine percent of our repairs are done on site with great techs and great parts."
And the cost? "We can do it faster and cheaper and better."
Ron added that uBreakiFix guarantees the lowest price - with a like competitor. (Your cousin Fred doesn't count.)
The shop also offers a full line of accessories, such as top quality chargers and headphones.
And it has a 90-day warranty on repairs nation-wide, which means any uBreakiFix store in the country will honor the warranty given by the Little Rock store. That's handy, if you have a problem with a phone or computer while working out of state or on vacation.
When Shoppe Talk remarked on the genuine friendliness of the staff at Pleasant Ridge, Ron said, "We love what we are doing." You can tell. It's sincere, and they have a vision and a passion about uBreakiFix.
"A lot of people want to work for us. It's a great place to work, and they get to do what they just really enjoy doing.
"Some places act like they are doing you a favor, and you have to make an appointment … . We see ourselves as a customer care service company that does repairs."
Ron owns the Pleasant Ridge store with his wife, Joyce. His son, Matthew, also works there.
"Joyce is the president. We call her 'Madam President.' It's a family business, and everybody at uBreakiFix is like family."
Ron got into the repair franchise after a 40-year career in the bond business. He opted for uBreakiFix after research into the success of the business and after meeting the two young men who started it.
"Justin Wetherill and his friend David Reiff started it in '09 in a bedroom (at Justin's home). Then they took over the house." After about four months they had their first store. "A little over a year ago, they decided to franchise."
And now it's a $1 billion business. Ron said uBreakiFix now has 97 stores.
"We are the undisputed industry leader," Ron said. "We test our parts. We buy from the highest quality vendors. "It's thrilling to be working with some bright, hardworking young people who have a vision and know where they want to take the company. We were so impressed with what they developed. And we are thrilled to be a part of it."
The Pleasant Ridge shop has performed "above expectations," Ron said. "The customers feel the same way we do. They enjoy the service. They can watch TV and wait on a repair. It's a good feeling."
Ron and Mrs. Harb are working on opening a third store. "That's the model for us. The more stores we open, the stronger our brand recognition."
The Pleasant Ridge Town Center store is located at 11525 Cantrell Road, #915, between the Sky Modern Japanese and Little Greek restaurants. It is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You may call it at 225-4349.
Ron said that he and Joyce wanted the first one to open in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center.
"It's delightful. There's just a lot of traffic out there and great shops. Lou and his team do a really good job of managing the property," he said of Lou Schickel, developer and owner of Pleasant Ridge. We really wanted to be there for our first store. It's a very nice neighborhood."
This story first appeared in the November 2014 issue of Shoppe Talk. It was written by Bobbi Nesbitt. The photograph is by Kelley Naylor Wise.