MarbleLife

At a Glance

Products & Services: Marble/stone restoration & preservation services

Number of Locations: 52

Total Investment: $66.1K - $225.1K

Founded: 1989

Began Franchising: 1989

About MarbleLife

Chalking up service to big names like Aaron Spelling and Frank Sinatra, as well as premier properties like the J. Paul Getty Museum, Rockefeller Center and the Beverly Hills Hotel, Marblelife's franchisees provide cleaning, protecting and restoring for natural and dimensional stone surfaces worldwide.

Marblelife was founded in 1988 by Ed Williams, a top Union Carbide Marble Care franchisee who bought that company. After several successful years in the Midwest, Williams moved franchise headquarters to Texas.

Today more than 45 franchisees in the United States and abroad, including Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Chile, Thailand, Portugal, Canada, Ireland and Aruba, provide services for the owners of upscale homes and commercial properties.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2010 43 3 3 3
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $66,100 - $225,100
Franchise Fee: $15,000 - $110,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $75,000
Liquid Cash Available: $50,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. 25% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (97% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
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: 2 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,