13 years ago Founder and CEO Brian Scudamore convinced his good friend, Paul Guy, to drive a shiny blue and green junk truck more than 3,000 kilometres from Vancouver to Toronto to set up the first franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Shortly thereafter, TOR1 went into service. All these years later, with Toronto the top-revenue producer and a role model franchise in the company, one can only imagine the sentimentality around that first truck, as it made its last junk run recently.
For years the truck, which at 201,000 km had lower mileage than some of the other trucks in the Toronto fleet, was used as the franchises’ last resort truck. Still, everyone knew it was “Paul’s truck”, and although its name was TOR1, it was affectionately referred to as “Old Glory” or “Low Rider.” Toronto Operations Manager Kelly Mack says the truck wasn’t outfitted to the same standard as newer models, and it didn’t even have a tool box, but one of the organizations’ trainers took to TOR1, set it up as his own, and kept it in great condition until the end of its days.
Happy retirement, TOR1. You have a coveted place on our milestone timeline here at the Junktion!