2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Digital publishing, internet services, printing, marketing and communications

Number of Locations: 278

Total Investment: $258.3K - $395.9K

Founded: 1970

Began Franchising: 1980

About AlphaGraphics

The first AlphaGraphics location opened in Tucson, Arizona, in 1970. Franchising began nine years later, and the company now has franchises throughout the U.S. and in seven other countries. AlphaGraphics business centers offer customers a variety of services such as printing, marketing communications, document creation and management.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 245 0 33 0
2014 245 0 33 0
2013 245 0 34 0
2012 244 0 37 0
2011 241 0 37 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $258,300 - $395,900
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8-1.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 15 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $5,000 off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $350,000
Liquid Cash Available: $150,000
5% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 4 weeks. At franchisee's location: 2 weeks. At regional locations : Varies.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: Integrated sales & marketing and direct mail

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #296 (2015), #297 (2014), #135 (2013), #129 (2012), #148 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #60 (2012),
America's Top Global: #153 (2014), #106 (2012), #120 (2011),

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