Creative Colors International

At a Glance

Products & Services: Leather, vinyl, fabric and plastic repair, cleaning and dyeing

Number of Locations: 58

Total Investment: $83.6K - $111.3K

Founded: 1980

Began Franchising: 1991

About Creative Colors International

In 1980, Jim and JoAnn Foster answered an ad in their local paper that described a new technique for dyeing vinyl and leather. The couple bought the license to use the technique in their area and began J&J's Creative Colors.

To strengthen their business, the Fosters began researching, practicing and refining various techniques for repairing vinyl, leather and plastic, incorporating them into their business. J&J's worked with automobile, boat and recreational vehicle dealers, making repairs at the dealers' lots.

The company began franchising in 1990 under the name Creative Colors International. Now franchisees across the country use the Fosters' techniques to repair the interiors of various vehicles at dealer lots before they are sold.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 54 1 0 3
2014 40 1 0 3
2013 38 1 0 2
2012 38 1 0 3
2011 37 1 0 3
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $83,600 - $111,250
Franchise Fee: $43,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 7.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $1,500 off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $50,000
Liquid Cash Available: $20,000
Franchise can be run from home. 20% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1 - 4. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 3 weeks. At franchisee's location: 1 week.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, Regional advertising,