2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Hair salon

Number of Locations: 2,438

Total Investment: $113.9K - $233.8K

Founded: 1975

Began Franchising: 1979

About Supercuts

In 1975, Frank Emmett and Geoffrey Rappaport opened the first Supercuts in Albany, California, as an alternative to both high-fashion salons and neighborhood barbershops. They developed a hair-cutting technique that took only 20 minutes so that they could offer quick and inexpensive haircuts without appointments. They also allowed their customers to pick and choose which particular services they wanted, in order to tailor their experience to their desires and budgets. With this standardized business model in place, the men began franchising in 1979, and their stores soon spread throughout the U.S.

In 1996, Supercuts was acquired by Regis Corp., which also franchises City Looks, Cost Cutters Family Hair Care and Pro-Cuts in the U.S., and Magicuts and First Choice Haircutters in Canada.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 1,295 19 0 1,124
2014 1,268 19 0 1,140
2013 1,125 18 0 1,195
2012 1,027 13 0 1,226
2011 975 12 0 1,160
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $113,900 - $233,800
Franchise Fee: $29,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: Conditional, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $2,500 franchise fee rebate on first store
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $150,000
82% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6 - 8. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (20% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 4 days. At training center
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #5 (2015), #4 (2014), #5 (2013), #14 (2012), #5 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #27 (2015), #36 (2014), #41 (2013),
America's Top Global: #45 (2014), #11 (2013), #13 (2012), #4 (2011),

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