Recently, Kid to Kid in Rockville, New York won the national award for Kid to Kid Store of the Year. Franchisee Leily Kiani was recognized for this achievement at the company’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City and she attributes a great deal of her success to her surrounding community of employees and customers.
“My employees work my store as if it’s their own store,” Kiani explains. “And I have to thank the customers too. We are in a fabulous area and customers want to be green, they want to recycle, and they want to sell and buy great product.”
Kiani describes the Rockville population as a mix of many cultures. With a sizable number of military and government employees, the city represents a strong international community including Spanish, German, Persian, French, and Philippino populations. Kiana decided to open a Kid to Kid in 2013 after seeing a need in her community for a better type of consignment model.
“I was introduced to the Kid to Kid franchise while I was writing a business plan to open a small consignment shop,” Kiani says. “I felt that there was a need for it to be done better in this area. I wanted to do more volume and take on more product. This was far beyond what I had ever dreamed.”
After receiving the Kid to Kid Store of the Year Award, she celebrated by going out to dinner and sharing the news with her staff back home.
Kiani notes, “I truly wish my manager had been there. 4-5 of them have been there since the beginning. They deserve this more than I do and they know their stuff!”