He spent several months reflecting on what had been and what was to come. In time, he and Debi chatted with long time Houston friends David and Anne Glover. “We were all at a wedding and Debi told David, ‘Please find hubby a job,’” Etheredge recalled. The Glovers are seasoned business people and own their own Massage Envy and The Joint Chiropractic locations. Last year they had become the regional developers for Modern Acupuncture — one of 145 people contracted to grow the brand initially in nine states. “My very first reaction was very positive and I really wanted to do something with Debi,” Etheredge said. “She’s very smart and is a huge fan of alternative medicine.” The Etheredges flew to Scottsdale to meet the corporate executives and see the first Modern Acupuncture flagship store. They were sold immediately, but it took a little longer to work out all the details and sign on the dotted line. They have rights to open six stores in Austin. Upfront costs are substantial but perhaps more modest than other franchises. The initial franchise fee is $29,000 and depending on locations and development costs, each store can run between $200,000 and $350,000, Etheredge said.
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