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Making an Imprint On St. Charles

Rapidly Expanding Franchise Brand Increases Footprint with Fourth St. Louis-area Opening
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Updated: Jan 22, 2013
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. Instant Imprints, North America’s innovative franchise network of promotional products and sign retail centres, announced today the opening of a new location at 3734 Elm Street in St. Charles. Ideally situated in St. Charles’ hotbed of commercial activity near busy New Town Blvd., the new Instant Imprints center is in prime position to partner with many of local businesses and organizations that reside in St. Charles County.

Lifelong St. Louis-area resident, Jay Copeland brings the new Instant Imprints to town to help local business owners, management teams, schools and community groups promote their organizations with innovative marketing solutions. Instant Imprints blends multiple industries into one single business-to-business retail center that offers embroidery, screen printing, heat transfers, signs and banners, digital and wide format printing, and promotional products.

“Prior to discovering Instant Imprints, I was in the process of starting my own upholstery and embroidery business,” said Copeland. “I was blown away by the support the Instant Imprints home office showed me while I was doing my due diligence. I had the opportunity to meet with Bill Allen, the company’s area developer and he showed me the benefits of becoming a franchisee.”

The St. Charles opening continues Instant Imprints’ surge of momentum in the St. Louis market. Already home to three Instant Imprints centers, additional units will open in the months ahead.  

Copeland, a family man with deep appreciation for his hometown, was in charge of production and sales for a St. Charles-based mattress company prior to transitioning to entrepreneurship.  

“We have all the trust in the world that Jay will represent Instant Imprints extremely well in St. Charles,” said Ralph Askar, who heads the franchisor’s operations for Instant Imprints as the president and CEO of the company. “He has tremendous business experience in sales and has been investing in the community his whole life. We are thrilled to have him as part of the Instant Imprints family.”


As part of the Instant Imprints business model, franchise owners such as Copeland have the support of the company’s experienced leadership team from start to finish. Complete with comprehensive training, site selection support, marketing programs and the purchasing power of the Instant Imprints’ network, the business model has been cultivated to cater to high quality candidates that understand the value of the proven system. 


Local individuals and organizations interested in Instant Imprints’ products and services can e-mail or call (636) 262-7106


About Instant Imprints

Instant Imprints helps businesses, schools, organizations, groups, and individuals promote. The company has revolutionized the promotional products industry by combining multiple businesses (business apparel, custom T-shirts, wide format and digital printing, school and team wear, signs and banners, and promotional products) into one efficient business model – the first and still the only franchise to combine these businesses into one model.  Instant Imprints has franchises throughout North America and has been franchising since 2002.  CEO Ralph Askar and a group of shareholders first purchased the Master License for Instant Imprints Canada, then completed ownership of Instant Imprints in May of 2011.  CEO Ralph Askar, with more than 25 years hands-on franchising experience, brings to Instant Imprintsa proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc. and The UPS Store's most successful multiple Area Franchisee's and Multiple International Master Licensee's. The company was named to Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 Franchise 500 list. 


For more information about Instant Imprints, contact Jay Holguin in marketing via email at or call 1-800-542-3437.


For more information about Instant Imprints Franchise Opportunities, contact or call Bryan Smith (United States) or Christian Collucci (Canada) at 1-800-542-3437.

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