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Window-cleaning franchise changes hands

April 25, 2019
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Greg Christie
Greg Christie. Courtesy Window Genie

The new owner of a window-cleaning business has become the youngest franchisee in the company’s history.

Greg Christie, 24, in December purchased a franchise of Cincinnati-based Window Genie from owner Ron Kuhn, moved the business to his native Holland and held a grand re-opening on April 1.

Kuhn opened the franchise — which was the first in West Michigan — in June 2017 at 5633 S. Division Ave., according to a previous Business Journal report. It still is the only West Michigan franchise.

“The opportunity became available to become a franchise owner through an acquaintance, the previous owner,” Christie said.

Christie and his two employees now serve Kent County and parts of Ottawa County from Christie’s home office in Holland. He is in the process of recruiting a third, year-round employee and will add seasonal staff this summer.

The business currently has one truck, but Christie said he is planning to add another soon.

Christie’s background

Christie is a self-described “entrepreneur at heart.”

After graduating from Seattle Pacific University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he started Greg Christie Media, a graphic design and web development business based in Seattle.

He said he soon realized “sitting at a computer” was not for him and moved back to the Midwest to pursue an opportunity that would allow him to be outdoors and serve customers.

According to a spokesperson for Window Genie, Christie is the youngest ever franchisee of Window Genie.

The business can be reached at holland.owner@windowgenie.com or by calling (616) 229-0999.

Window Genie

Founded in 1994 by Richard Nonelle, Window Genie is a subsidiary of Waco, Texas-based Neighborly, formerly The Dwyer Group.

It is a national home-service franchise specializing in residential and light commercial window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more.

It has more than 110 franchises in 29 states.

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