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Initial Investment

LOW: $449,825
HIGH: $698,250

Change in Units

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1982 (34 Years)

Corporate Address

5000 Legacy Dr., #210 Plano, TX 75024


Cathy Skula

Parent Company

Colortyme, Inc.

Ticker Symbol

About ColorTyme

In the late 1970s, electronics manufacturer Curtis Mathis Co. established ColorTyme as a distributor for its line of televisions. Willie Talley purchased the company in 1981 and began franchising the concept the following year. ColorTyme stores offer a complete line of home electronics, appliances and furnishings. All products are sold “rent-to-own,” with customers making weekly or monthly payments on their purchase.

ColorTyme is owned by Rent-A-Center Inc.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$449,825 - $698,250

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement

$100,000 - $150,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

ColorTyme offers in-house financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Veteran Incentives

$5,000 off franchise fee

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 164

Lowest Rank: 353

* Not all years were ranked

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 2-4 weeks

Training at headquarters: 2 weeks

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 5

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Updated: August 25th, 2014

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