WHY I BOUGHT
Columbia, get ready for an elevated, modern waste removal experience. VaVia (Italian for “it goes away”) has become the premier player in the growing waste-removal industry with its proprietary technology, streamlined operations and a leadership team backed by a combined 50-plus years of experience in the waste, franchising and technology development industries. And now, the brand is coming to the booming South Carolina market.
The location is set to open in the spring of 2022 and will offer the brand’s reliable services and proprietary technology that allows customers to order and schedule deliveries or pick ups of dumpsters online.
The new location will be owned and operated by Columbia-based franchise partner Clark McCarthy, who is excited to introduce VaVia’s uniquely tech-forward waste removal services to contractors, construction companies, renovators, remodelers and more across Columbia.
Born and raised in the market and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, McCarthy has always had a passion for serving others. A former teacher, McCarthy coached the Lady Gamecocks women’s soccer team for ten years before briefly going into the commercial real estate business. His business partners, Wyman Bowers and Lucas Bunch, all met by attending the same church. Bowers and Bunch were already looking into another business venture, but they needed someone to run it — and that’s when they presented VaVia, a dumpster rental franchise, to McCarthy. After the trio met the franchisors in Nashville, they knew they had found the perfect match in the unlikely field of waste management. Now, McCarthy is ready to serve his hometown with a white-glove and professional experience.
“Really, I’m most excited to just be serving others — VaVia is a very unique platform that allows me to meet people on a daily basis,” said McCarthy. “I love talking to people and serving people, and VaVia gives me the opportunity to serve my hometown. I was born and raised in Columbia, and I’m excited to serve my neighbors and community the best quality service.”
The new Columbia location is part of VaVia’s plan to sign 100 franchises in the next four or five years. By the end of 2021, VaVia hopes to have 14 units signed, and according to co-founder , COO and president Phillip Nappi, Columbia is particularly ripe for expansion.
“We're thrilled to bring the VaVia brand to the community of Columbia alongside Clark, Wyman and Lucas,” said Nappi. "With construction projects in Columbia continuing to increase, demand for our waste removal services is at an all-time high.”
As the franchise embarks on its ambitious expansion efforts, CEO Tim Wells says he is confident that franchisees like McCarthy, Bowers and Bunch will grow with the brand.
“Through our tech-forward approach and commitment to providing our customers with top tier service, we're confident that Clark, Wyman and Lucas will continue to grow in Columbia as VaVia continues to expand through its franchise ownership opportunity across the country,” Wells said. “Our business is bringing a white glove service approach to the waste industry, particularly in the construction services segment. That level of commitment to customer service can’t be found anywhere else. Our model is also customer facing and designed to provide an ease of doing business that’s otherwise lacking in the industry. We’re looking forward to entering Columbia, introducing them to the VaVia brand and growing relationships within the community.”
The total cost to invest in VaVia ranges from $117,150 to $365,050 per territory. To learn more about franchising with VaVia, visit: https://www.govavia.com/franchise-with-us/