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Rooter-Man

2014 Franchise 500
#102
At a Glance

Products & Services: Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

Number of Locations: 470

Total Investment: $46.8K - $137.6K

Founded: 1970

Began Franchising: 1981

About Rooter-Man

Rooter-Man was founded in 1970 by Donald MacDonald, in North Billerica, Massachusetts. The company expanded throughout the northeast before beginning to franchise in 1981. Franchisees offer residential and commercial plumbing and drain services and repairs and sewer cleaning.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 405 43 1 21
2013 426 49 1 21
2012 435 45 1 8
2011 445 13 1 8
2010 469 13 1 8
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $46,750 - $137,600
Franchise Fee: $3,975 - $39,750
Ongoing Royalty Fee: Varies
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $25,000
Liquid Cash Available: $10,000
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 - 5. 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: 6 weeks. At franchisee's location: 2 days. 2-day training seminar
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,
Other marketing support: Website

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #102 (2014), #174 (2013), #230 (2012), #92 (2011), #87 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #103 (2013), #95 (2010),
Low-Cost: #17 (2014), #24 (2013), #39 (2012), #18 (2011), #23 (2010),
Top Home-Based: #20 (2014), #36 (2013), #65 (2012), #22 (2011), #23 (2010),
America's Top Global: #57 (2014), #153 (2013), #180 (2012), #77 (2011), #72 (2010),

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