Tech repair company expanding in Virginia
Just in time for the holiday season, a company that offers same-day tech repairs on small electronics such as smartphones is expanding in Virginia.
uBreakiFix opened its seventh Virginia location last week in the Fair Lakes area of Fairfax. The store at 4471 Market Commons Drive joins locations in Fredericksburg, Dumfries, Falls Church, Manassas, Woodbridge and Virginia Beach.
Most locations are locally owned franchises. uBreakiFix Fair Lakes is the first location for owner Brenda Johnston, who plans to open two more stores in the area in 2017.
Based in Orlando, Fla., UBreakiFix has opened more than 100 stores this year, bringing its total to more than 260 stores across the U.S. and Canada.
The company recently announced a partnership with Google to become the official walk-in repair partner for its new phone, Pixel.
BreakiFix got its start in 2009 after founder Justin Wetherill dropped his iPhone and tried to repair it himself. He ruined that phone, but later ended up partnering with college friend David Reiff to start the company. The millennial duo started as a mail-order company on Ebay, and after demand increased moved to opening stores.
uBreakiFix specializes in same-day repair service of electronics from phones, tablets and computers, to drones, and game consoles. The company says it can repair cracked screens, water damage, software and other problems. Repairs come with a 90-day warranty.