The Peoria Store Celebrates 10 Years With Expansion | Business

European Granite and Remodeling, a local Phoenix-based countertop company, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and looks forward to its expansion into San Antonio.

Peoria residents Ana Bravo and Marian Bujor are immigrants from Mexico and Romania, respectively. It was a long journey for the two of them, but they knew they could live their dreams.

“It might sound a bit self-centered, but I knew from day one that together we could achieve anything we set out to do,” Bravo said.

Expansion was always on the horizon for Bravo and Bujor, but expanding into another state wasn’t always in the plans. The idea of ​​expanding to San Antonio came from a call from their largest client.

“Our biggest client called us one day and asked if I knew anyone in Texas who could help them make countertops and I said, ‘Yes, I can,'” Bujor recalled.

After this phone call, the couple researched. They said they quickly realized that San Antonio was a fast-growing city with an untapped market of people interested in granite countertops.

The company has seen noticeable growth every year since 2012. In 2020 and 2021 they doubled their winnings. Revenue is forecast to double again in 2022.

“We’ve grown since the first year and (the) reason I think is that we’re always looking for new systems, new strategies, new classes, new training, new things to implement in our business. just to make them grow and make it better for our customers,” Bravo said.

Bravo and Bujor will conduct their businesses in two states, but aren’t worried about being spread too thinly. The business model put in place is one they trust and can easily be followed to support efficient expansion.

“San Antonio is growing just like Arizona; it’s growing pretty fast,” Bujor said. “Everything is a good price at the moment. If we implement while keeping things running here in Arizona, we will do very well.”

Bujor, 34, started working for his father in the granite business at the age of 16. After his father sold the company, he stayed on as manager, but the company didn’t work.

Although he’s been on his own ever since, Bujor always knew he wanted to be his own boss. When he was a child, his grandmother opened her own bar, which was eventually taken over by his mother. The business venture lifestyle is something he has become accustomed to.

“I knew from a young age that my dream was to have a family and own a business,” Bujor said.

Bravo, 38, came out of the sale. She said that before she met Bujor, she sold pretty much anything and everything she could. She even went door to door selling books. She quickly understood how the sales world works and learned to love it.

When she and Bujor started working together, she realized she was up against an uphill battle in the granite industry. She said it was even harder to break into a “male industry” because English was her second language.

“I faced a lot of challenges,” Bravo said. “English is my second language, so it was a bit difficult for me, especially understanding new vocabulary in a new industry. So it was a challenge. But it was so exciting. I have loved this industry from day one. i love what we do Now I can share my husband’s passion for this industry.”

Now having worked in the industry for 10 years, she is proud to see the growth and confidence of many other women to get involved.

Now newly married and with a son on the way, a relationship in general wasn’t even a thought for Bravo and Bujor originally. The two worked so closely together on something they shared a passion for, which bred a mutual love and admiration for one another.

“We had no plans to get married or have children,” Bravo said. “I think I’ve started to admire my husband and learned a lot from him. That was the point where we could no longer live apart. You know, every day, sharing the workspace, sharing ideas, being creative, we talked about business and this dream. We worked so hard together on this project that months later we decided to get married.”

The duo realize that without their employees, they couldn’t even consider the possibility of expanding, let alone out of state. There are currently nine working in Phoenix and three more in San Antonio.

Bujor said he admires their constant willingness to learn, their never-ending spirit and their constant belief in him and his wife.

“I’m really, really grateful to our team,” Bravo said. “Without them we couldn’t achieve very much. I think we always have the right person to do the things we wanted to do. And I’m committed to them, I’m committed to each and every one of you and your family, because I know your family depends on us. Every project, every idea, everything we have (we owe) to them.”

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