Fan Creations, 2655 Northgate Ave., will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through the end of December. For more information, visit www.fan-creations.com.
Sports fans love to show off their team spirit and that pride has made Cumming-based Fan Creations successful.
The manufacturer and wholesaler of NCAA, NFL and other sports gifts and home décor items has done so well, it recently expanded into a new 21,000-square-foot center on Northgate Avenue.
“The purchase of a larger warehouse was extremely important in matching our shipping capacity to the growing demand of our entire product line,” said Kevin McClary, Fan Creations CEO.
Eight years ago, the company started out in McClary’s garage with large wooden signs featuring team logos.
He said his brother would cut the signs out and then bring them over to McClary’s home for him to paint.
“Today, we offer about 30 different products,” McClary said. “We carry 30 universities and all the NFL teams.”
Among items available are coffee and end tables, shelves, desk organizers and decorative items.
McClary spent years growing the company while working on the side as a business consultant.
The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce has also assisted the company along the way. Fan Creations currently touts as many as 1,000 stores on its shipment list, with such well-known distributors as NFL.com and Rooms to Go.
“We’re growing by leaps and bounds,” McClary said. “Our sales are up 50 percent this year.”
The company also produces the Man Cave brand, which features the words “Man Cave” next to any team logo and is available in stores throughout the nation.
“Their No. 1 product is their Man Cave line that they have. It’s been very successful for them,” said Jason Mock Director of the chamber’s Small Business Services Center.
“Man Cave has kind of set them apart this year into a new market. It’s something they just have started with toward the end of last year.”
McClary said Fan Creations has seen a large increase in business thanks largely to “drop shipping.”
“With that, the Internet retailer, like Kohl’s or JC Penney, they will transmit their order and then we ship on their behalf,” he said. “So they don’t carry any inventory, but the customer thinks it’s coming from their warehouse. But it’s actually coming from us.”
The business has four employees, though Mock said the goal is to expand to more than 20.
“They are growing successfully and seeing a lot of upticks in their number of products that they’re shipping out and we hope that they continue that,” Mock said. “The increase in sales in their business will allow them to grow employees.”
Fan Creations shares their new facility with Signature Auto Care, an automobile repair community business.
While both companies share the same lobby area, Fan Creations will use it to offer their product line directly to the public through the end of December.
During that time, the public can take advantage of deep discounts on items that have been slightly damaged in some way, McClary said.
“We’ve got a lot of damaged stuff that we drop here in the warehouse, or it gets shipped wrong or we go to trade shows and have stuff from those,” he explained.
Those items will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the warehouse, 2655 Northgate Ave., off Ronald Reagan Boulevard south of Cumming.
Staff writer Crystal Ledford contributed to this report.