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The Glass Guru

2015 Franchise 500
#234
At a Glance

Products & Services: Window and glass restoration and replacement

Number of Locations: 87

Total Investment: $30.2K - $119.99K

Founded: 2004

Began Franchising: 2007

About The Glass Guru

The Glass Guru first opened in 2004 in Roseville, California, offering moisture removal for failed dual-pane windows as well as surface restoration for scratched and stained windows. In 2006, the company added glass and window replacement to its available services. Glass Guru locations also offer screens, shower enclosures, mirrors, table tops, doors and specialty products. Franchising began in 2007.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 80 6 0 1
2013 72 7 0 1
2012 62 7 0 1
2011 48 2 0 1
2010 41 1 0 1
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $30,190 - $119,990
Franchise Fee: $15,000 - $65,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 10% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Liquid Cash Available: $30,000 - $130,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 2. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% 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: up to 2 weeks. At franchisee's location: 2-3 days.
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, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #234 (2015), #244 (2014), #262 (2013), #273 (2012), #400 (2011),
Low-Cost: #45 (2014), #39 (2013), #50 (2012), #90 (2011),
Top New: #12 (2012), #34 (2011),
Top Home-Based: #69 (2014), #68 (2013), #82 (2012),
America's Top Global: #127 (2014), #193 (2013),