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Initial investment
$730K - $1.3M
Units as of 2021
70 27.3% over 3 years

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Zips Cleaners franchise.

Zips Dry Cleaners was founded in 1996 by eight dry cleaning companies that aimed to create one powerhouse brand. Within a few years, Zips Dry Cleaners became a well-known brand in the dry-cleaning business, operating on a same-day, one-price business model.

In a market where many dry-cleaning companies are mom-and-pop shops, Zips Dry Cleaners has worked to perfect a system that reduces cleaning costs while increasing general efficiency. After beginning to franchise in 2006, Zips Dry Cleaners replicated its streamlined operations, delivering amazing service to customers across multiple territories.

Perhaps propelled by its innovative technology and equipment, Zips Dry Cleaners has opened over 60 franchises across the United States, with plans to develop more. The ideal candidate for a Zips Dry Cleaners franchisee has a passion for excellence and dedication to running a business.

Why You May Want to Start a Zips Dry Cleaners Franchise

For customers, Zips Dry Cleaners offers competitive dry-cleaning prices at the same quality as other professional cleaners. The Zips Dry Cleaners promise is to keep costs low by avoiding wasteful and costly practices. Other unique offers that may endear Zips Dry Cleaners to customers include its "In by 9, out of 5" convenient policy. Zips Dry Cleaners use in-house equipment to complete all dry-cleaning on the same day, reducing risks of loss or damage.

Some opportunities available to franchisees at Zips Dry Cleaners include dry cleaning, household care, laundry service, and alterations. The presence of these may offer multiple revenue stream potentials.

What Might Make a Zips Dry Cleaners Franchise a Good Choice?

To be part of the Zips Dry Cleaners team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for the existence of ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.

A notable benefit of the Zips Dry Cleaners franchise opportunity is the 10-year agreement for franchisees that can be renewed upon completion as long as the franchisor and franchisee are in agreement about remaining in business with one another.

How To Open a Zips Dry Cleaners Franchise

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Zips Dry Cleaners franchising team questions. 

Candidates with initial approval may get the opportunity to meet other Zips Dry Cleaners franchisees, visit company headquarters in Greenbelt, Maryland, and finally sign a franchise agreement. After signing the franchise agreement, all franchisees undergo extensive training designed to ensure that operations are as smooth and efficient as possible.

After all that, you may find yourself owning the newest Zips Dry Cleaners franchise!

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Company Overview

About Zips Cleaners

Services (Other)
Related Categories
Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services
Parent Company
Zips Franchising LLC
Bob Barry, CEO/President

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
2006 (16 years)
# of employees at HQ
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units
70 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
7474 Greenway Center Dr., #1200
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Zips Cleaners franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
Initial Investment
$729,700 - $1,290,000
Net Worth Requirement
$1,500,000 - $2,400,000
Cash Requirement
$500,000 - $600,000
Veteran Incentives
20% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
Ad Royalty Fee
Term of Agreement
10 years
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Zips Cleaners has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
80 hours
Classroom Training
40 hours
Ongoing Support
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


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Updated: February 8th, 2021