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About Zips Dry Cleaners

ZIPS started out as eight separate dry cleaners in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. In 2002, the stores united with the goal of providing a revolutionary dry cleaning experience that maintains high-quality services at one low price for any garment. Since then, ZIPS has expanded to over 50 locations across the country. We clean over 20 million garments for more than 500,000 customers every year, and we look forward to serving more customers every day!

Why Zip’s?

It’s tough to compete with our one-price, same-day business model. Not only do we clean up to four times the garments a traditional dry cleaner gets through every day, but we do it faster, too. Plus, we offer our customers an exceptionally efficient yet memorable experience. Altogether, it’s a concept our customers can’t get enough of — and thanks to our decades of experience in garment care — one our franchisees can easily replicate.

Why Will Customers Choose ZIPS Every Time?

We turned a luxury service into an everyday essential. Dry cleaning is a service everyone needs, whether you’re a ZIPS franchisee, a world-renowned chef or a high school student with a prom dress. Although many people consider dry cleaning a luxury, it’s a task that needs to get done nonetheless. At $2.49 or less per garment, even that high school student can afford to get their prom dress dry cleaned. Even better, ZIPS will have it done in time for mom and dad to pick up when they get off work. No wonder ZIPS is the smart choice for so many people. Other cleaners can charge up to five times as much and make you wait days for your clothes. So it’s no wonder that customer demand is fueling our impressive growth.

No one can match our model. – The ZIPS difference is our efficient technology-based system powered by our state-of-the-art equipment. It allows our franchisees to handle tremendous volume efficiently and effectively, and maintain solid margins for our services. In addition to this streamlined technology, you don’t have to worry about managing inventory or receivables – simplifying your day-to-day operations.

No one matches our experience. – The people who own ZIPS are owners themselves, operating one, if not more, ZIPS Dry Cleaners locations! Their expertise and support will be invaluable to you as a ZIPS franchisee. Our franchisees come from all walks of life, with backgrounds in finance, technology, the military, aeronautics, construction and more. And because ZIPS locations are not open Sundays or holidays, our franchisees enjoy the rewarding lifestyle that comes with business ownership.

No one matches our support. – ZIPS will give you the training and the tools you need to operate our high-volume dry cleaning business. When you meet our leadership, it is clear that we take an active role in making ZIPS as successful as possible for our franchisees.

Our 6-week comprehensive training program includes:

– Techniques and processes specific to both dry cleaning and laundry
– Management, daily operations and back office systems
– Specific store “start-up” assistance at each new location
– An Operations Manual that provides immediate review of procedures and clear, step-by-step instructions in daily procedures and management policies taught in the ZIPS training program.
– Site Selection Guidelines to help each franchisee make smart decisions about the site and location of their ZIPS Dry Cleaners franchise.
– Marketing Support that will help you grow your business from the day you open your doors, the ZIPS brand identity, along with advertising materials, marketing and promotional guidelines and much more.

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Andrew Ritger, CEO/President

Started Franchising

2006 (15 years)

Total Number of Units

67 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A Zips Dry Cleaners Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a Zips Dry Cleaners franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a Zips Dry Cleaners franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Zips Dry Cleaners franchise is Royalty Fee Due On The Tuesday After The End Of Each Fiscal Week.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (Zips Dry Cleaners Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Zips Dry Cleaners Zips Dry Cleaners has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

Zips Dry Cleaners Company Details

Here are some additional details about Zips Dry Cleaners.

Parent Company Zips Franchising LLC
Initial Investment $30,000
Net Worth Requirement $1,500,000
Veteran Incentives 20% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 6%
Ad Royalty 5%
Cash Requirement $500,000
Term of Agreement 10 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Zips Dry Cleaners

Zips Dry Cleaners offers several support options to its franchisees. With 67 (as of 2020) units, Zips Dry Cleaners aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Zips Dry Cleaners offers No on the job training, 240 hours classroom training, and No additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Zips Dry Cleaners.

On-The-Job Training No
Classroom Training 240 hours
Additional Training No
Ongoing Support
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
  • Proprietary Software
  • Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
  • Ad Templates
  • National Media
  • Regional Advertising
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty Program/App
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Is Zips Dry Cleaners Right For You?

Zips Dry Cleaners has gone digital! Here are all of the ways you can find Zips Dry Cleaners online. Oftentimes, you can reach out to current franchisees of Zips Dry Cleaners online. Current franchisees may be able to offer personalized insights into what it is like owning a Zips Dry Cleaners franchise and offer tips to running a successful Zips Dry Cleaners franchise location.


Why Should You Start a Zips Dry Cleaners Franchise?

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