dBusinessNews Charlotte:

The nationwide movement to “Free Your Toes” has reached yet another milestone. Flip Flop Shops, North America’s leading flip flop and sandal retailer, recently announced that it has signed two franchise agreements with local entrepreneurs Jeff and Pam Burrus. The married couple will bring the growing brand to the Charlotte region with the first location slated to open this summer at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville, and the second planned to open in South Charlotte later in the year.

“Now, more than ever, is a great time to become a Flip Flop Shops franchisee. We are doing the right things, with the right people in the right markets,” said Brian Curin, the President (Size 10) of Flip Flop Shops. “We are totally stoked to bring our unique lifestyle brand and ‘Free Your Toes’ state-of-mind to the Charlotte area where flip flops are part of the everyday scene.”

Once reserved only for poolside or beachwear, flip flops have grown to become the “global youth uniform,” as well as accepted footwear for anyone ranging from surfers to high-level corporate executives. Flip Flop Shops’ mission is to provide the opportunity for anyone, in any climate, to “live…work …play with their toes exposed®” while wearing the freedom of flip flops on their feet. The shops carry the hottest brands of flip flops and sandals – such as REEF, Sanuk, Flojos, VANS, Havaianas, Olukai, Rainbow, Cobian and O’NEILL, among others – and retail between $20 to over $100.