With nearly 30 centers open for business and plans to quadruple its presence in the next few years, Lightbridge Academy is positioned for rapid growth. The leading educational child care brand is bringing its unique concept and Circle of Care to communities across the country at an impressive pace, and it has no plans of slowing down. Focused on identifying prime site for their franchise system, Lightbridge will be exhibiting at the upcoming International Council of Shopping Centers conference at the Javits Convention Center in New York City on December 6 and 7.
Members of Lightbridge Academy’s franchise development team will be on hand at the conference to discuss opportunities to expand the brand into new markets, presenting a unique opportunity for both Lightbridge Academy and real estate developers. Having a dedicated presence next week will expose the brand to a wide variety of potential strategic partners attending the ICSC’s New York Deal Making event, which is the second-largest conference that the organization hosts, with an anticipated 10,000 attendees. Lightbridge Academy’s attractive, flexible real estate model is something that real estate developers will want to understand and tap into.
Lightbridge Academy is gearing up to grow in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, as well as newly opened territories in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. The company is seeking developers to furnish build-to-suit centers. In addition to their stand-alone model, shopping centers and multi-use developments are also considered to be an attractive opportunity. This is extremely positive for shopping centers looking for consistent business. Lightbridge Academy brings in traffic from dual income families on a consistent basis, allowing shopping centers to target a larger consumer base.
“We’re exhibiting at this conference first and foremost to build and nurture relationships with developers, land lords and brokers who have attractive sites for our franchisees, who are seeking to enter long-term leases. We are counting on the vast ICSC membership attending this conference, to leverage their deep understanding of their local communities, to bring forth quality sites for new centers. ” said Mark Mele, Lightbridge Academy’s senior vice president of franchise development. “Our growth focus has expanded, having recently opening up new markets, including North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. We have previously found this conference to be very productive, and look forward to realizing even better results this year.
Based on relationships forged at prior NYC ICSC conferences, Lightbridge Academy has several sites now under construction or advanced stages of development. Lightbridge Academy has also established relationships with various development professionals and vendors who are helping them achieve their goals for healthy, successful growth in key markets throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The brand is looking forward to introducing its unique opportunity to real estate developers at the Javits Center in December. Lightbridge Academy enjoys a strong, positive reputation and track record for getting deals done, given that it specifically targets development in areas with higher densities of newborn to four-year-olds and families with average household incomes exceeding $100,000.
“We’re eager to partner with more developers that are open to the child care industry and are interested in tapping into the beneficial demographics that we bring to the table. Our centers have the potential to bring in hundreds of families—and potential customers—per day, and they make up one of the most desirable groups of consumers that brands can market to,” said Mele. “To learn more about the Lightbridge Academy opportunity that’s available for real estate developers and brokers, please visit us at booth 576!”
Mele and other members of Lightbridge Academy’s franchise development team will be available at Booth 576 on Wednesday, December 6 and Thursday, December 7. To connect with them before or after the conference, please email the team at [email protected].