Fantastic Sams Hair Salons

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Family hair salon

Number of Locations: 1,124

Total Investment: $137.1K - $261.5K

Founded: 1974

Began Franchising: 1976

About Fantastic Sams Hair Salons

Sam M. Ross started Fantastic Sams in July 1974, and the company began franchising in 1976, marketing its "fixed fee" system and "no appointment necessary" concept. The franchisor has full-service, family hair-care salons throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to cuts, perms and coloring services, Fantastic Sams sells its own line of shampoos, conditioners and styling aids for men and women.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 1,118 4 0 2
2014 1,131 4 0 17
2013 1,164 5 0 17
2012 1,162 10 0 17
2011 1,199 9 0 13
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $137,100 - $261,500
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: $292-$452/wk.
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 25% off multi-unit franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000 - $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $60,000 - $70,000
42% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 8. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed..
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 4 days. At franchisee's location: Ongoing. At regional office : ongoing.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Turnkey marketing by target groups, in-salon graphics & promotional pieces

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #52 (2015), #47 (2014), #58 (2013), #64 (2012), #50 (2011),
America's Top Global: #178 (2014), #72 (2013), #58 (2012), #44 (2011),

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