Franklin Covey Store Closings

Well, from its heyday of having about 180 stores, Franklin Covey is now down to 21 stores in 14 states.

4 of those stores are in their headquarters state of Utah.
This leaves an average of just over 1 store per state, in each of the remaining 13 states.
This low number does not bode well for the remaining stores.
My guess is that more closings are to come.
I can't see them maintaining a logistics and shipping operation to support such a samll number of stores.

I know there are other reasons for their decline.
Like the ground moving under them in this internet-smartphone-cloud-electronic market we're in.
But I also think they are an unfortunate example of how a company can decline after going public.
Nothing like the stock market, and its short-term profits and lack of long-term vision, to ruin a company.
Hyrum Smith should have kept them private.

As the manager of one of the Illinois stores said in one of his last tweets on Twitter:
If anyone wants to voice their concerns of the store closings you may by emailing
Sara Merz is the president of the company.
Gordon Wilson is the vice-president in charge of the retail stores.

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Franklin Covey Store Closings (cont'd)

Or maybe they could just be going a route simialr to Levenger.
Chiefly a web site, with a few brick-and-mortar stores.
(But I still think they are getting out of the brick-and-mortar business).

Eulogy for FC

FC was my first planner -- a giant, classic-sized navy blue brick with 2" rings that came with a daylong seminar that helped us set up our planners, identify our goals and priorities, and taught all the finer points of planning, Franklin Qwest style. (It was before they joined up with Covey.) I spent a fortune on subsequent binders and bags to carry them in. But I was always afraid to leave them alone on a desk, or (worse) in my car for even a second as they were highly stealable. Then there was the SIZE. I tried pocket and it just didn't work. Then, I used the compact size for a number of years. Even that was a pretty large book for the actual writing space on each page. Ultimately, the planner pages turned out to be the root problem: the FC method and pages are just too rigid and I didn't fit the mold. A year or so ago I defected to Filofax pocket size (2 days per page) and haven't looked back. So am I sorry I met Franklin? No. From FC I learned about planning and organization and became a confirmed paper planner user. I will always be grateful for what Franklin taught me. So it's with a touch of wistfulness, I pause a moment to look back and say, "Thank you, Franklin, and hope you continue in cyberspace, at least. So long..."

Sad news

I was a pretty faithful FC disciple for 10 years, and I have the dated yearly storage binders lined up on my bookshelves to prove it. Their method of keeping a daily record has proven to be vital to me for many jobs and projects. I too have a few expensive binders to show for my years of devotion, as well as the back/shoulder pain from carrying those things around (always a classic 1.5 inch, everything else was too small). In 2009 I tried a classic Circa planner with DIY pages (thanks to this site) and I haven't looked back. I will still buy a storage binder and a set of Franklin 2 page per month tabes each year because I like their layout and their sturdy tabs, but I don't see myself using any of their products anymore, especially if I can't give them a good lookover first.

I was kind of sorry to see them merge with Stephen Covey, and now I'm sorry to see them closing stores and heading towards possible extinction. In a way, I owe that company a lot.

I'm hanging in til the end

I wonder if there are any others out there that are as backwards as I am. I don't want a smartphone or a hipster PDA. I looked at the Circa type binders after my fake leather planner was stolen, but decided to continue on with a classic size Franklin Covey binder just about a month ago. The pebble grain leather is classy and I'm loving the 1.5" rings. I hope some of the stores hang in there. The binder and refill selection is unmatched. As diamond 66 suggested, it's nice to look over the products and have someone helping that knows the industry as opposed to a clerk at Staples.
Anyway, I hate when all the good stuff gets taken off the market. I'm still a fan. I'll continue to support them until it all goes away.

I was a faithful user of the

I was a faithful user of the Franklin system and its products. When they merged with Covey, something just didn't seem right and I gradually moved away.