It will be a Learning Experience, for sure.
Now that it is almost summer I will bring my old Schwinn up from the basement and start riding it to the gym.
It is a nice ride along the boulevards until I get to the intersection of Western and Logan. Then it is holy shit! I ride under the expressway were there is no bike lane. With the roar of highway traffic above me, I go up on the little strip of sidewalk, covered in pigeon dung, doing a slalom around the highway pillars until I arrive at one of the busiest, most dangerous intersections on the north side of Chicago.
Rob Horton of Red Cedar Partners LLC, said his team is aiming to finish construction by July and open the facility shortly thereafter.
The two-story, 10,900-square-foot facility, catering to children six-weeks to six-years old, will offer a fenced-in rooftop playground, which is mostly the result of limited space.
“Having an onsite playground was a requirement of The Leaning Experience so you have to make due with the space you have when your developing in an urban environment,” Horton said in an email.
A fenced-in rooftop playground at the intersection of a major highway artery and two heavily trafficked boulevards.
When the kids get picked up their lungs will know what it feels like to smoke a pack a day.
The drawings of the day care center make it look more like an Arby’s. It looks like I can get a sandwich at the drive-thru.
What the poor and working families of Logan Square need is affordable public child care. Not a franchise on the spot where a 7-Eleven was slated to go, staffed by minimum wage employees, charging over $12,000 a year.
Asking an average tuition of $860 a month, the company (one of our Best Franchises To Buy in 2015) generated $42.6 million in revenue last year from its 200-plus locations, capping off a 3-year, 73% growth spurt. “A majority of our growth started happening in this last Great Recession period – 2008 through 2011,” says Weissman. “That really put us at an even greater footing as a foundation for the company because we got started in the worst of times. I’ve always been a believer that the best time to build a company is in the worst of times.”
In working with children, The Learning Experience must adhere to laws and regulations pertaining to childcare and education that sometimes differ by state. Weissman says the added complexity is not a problem and doesn’t stand in the way of profitability. “If the business acumen is strong, profitability ensues.”Those who The Learning Experience chooses to take on a new franchise – for a cost of about $500,000, including working capital (our sources peg the figure at almost $768,000) – are not necessarily experienced educators of toddlers. Weissman is seeking operators that know how to run a business and can follow The Learning Experience way without question. “You can’t have franchisees start experimenting outside the box; you dilute the brand and the customer experience.” The actual educators are hired by franchisees.