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Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

2014 Franchise 500
#148
At a Glance

Products & Services: Window cleaning

Number of Locations: 306

Total Investment: $78.2K - $139.7K

Founded: 1978

Began Franchising: 1998

About Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

S. Michael Merrick had lost his job as a bank manager when the window washer for the branch said he was interested in selling his business. Merrick looked at the company's books and was impressed with what he saw--low overhead and virtually no inventory. In 1978 Merrick and his wife, Linda, purchased the company, renamed it, and Fish Window Cleaning was born.

After 20 years of cleaning windows, screens, gutters, skylights and chandeliers in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, the Merricks began franchising.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 305 0 0 1
2013 295 0 0 1
2012 294 0 0 1
2011 269 0 0 1
2010 239 0 0 1
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $78,225 - $139,700
Franchise Fee: $30,900 - $54,900
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8-6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 10% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $150,000 - $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $60,000 - $120,000
Operations
25% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 5. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed..
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 5 days. At franchisee's location: 3 days. Webinars
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #148 (2014), #122 (2013), #119 (2012), #139 (2011), #182 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #95 (2013), #71 (2012),

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