ZIPS Dry Cleaners

7500 Greenway Center Dr., #400
Greenbelt, MD 20770
  • (888) 321-9477 / (301) 313-0389
  • (301) 345-2895 (Fax)

ZIPS is "America's One-Price Dry Cleaner." At ZIPS, we have refined our operating systems over the years, eliminating guesswork for you. Our 100% prepaid business model increases cash flow, decreasing the headache of receivables. Whether you choose to be an owner/operator or not, our “in by 9, out by 5” means traditional, predictable hours, allowing you the freedom and family time you deserve.

Franchisor Background

Year Established: 1996

Franchising Since: 2006

Operating Units

Franchised Units 37 97.4%
Company-Owned Units 1 2.6%
Total Operating Units 38 100%

Geographic Distribution

USA 36 100.0% In 4 States
Canada 0 0.0% In 0 Provinces
International 0 0.0% In 0 Foreign Countries
Total 36 100%

Multi-Unit Operators

Multi-Unit Operators N/A
Franchises Owned by Multi-Unit Operators N/A

North American Unit Density

Density Units
Maryland 11
Virginia 6
Pennsylvania 3

Registered in the following Registration States

Florida, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, District of Columbia

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Support and Training

General Information

IFA Member Yes
CFA Member No
Franchisee Association? No
Size of Corporate Staff 5
Site Selection
Lease Negotiation Assistance Yes
Financial Assistance No

Marketing Support

Co-Op Advertising Yes
National Advertising No
Regional Advertising No
Local Advertising No
Marketing Materials Ad Slicks, Coupons/Rebates, Direct Mailers

Ongoing Support

Central Data Processing Included
Central Purchasing Included
Field Operation Evaluation Included
Field Training Included
Initial Store Opening Included
Inventory Control N/A
Franchisee Newsletter Included
Regional or National Meetings Included
800 Telephone Hotline Included


Corporate Office 1 Week
Existing store 7 Weeks
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Financial Requirements


Minimum Net Worth $450K
Cash Investment $150-225K
Total Investment $616.2-778.5K
Average Total Investment $697K


Initial Franchise Fee $50K
Average Franchise Fee $50K
On-Going Royalty 6%
Average Royalty 6%
Advertising Fee 4%

Site Information and Requirements

Average Number of Full-Time Employees 4-8
Average Number of Part-Time Employees 6-10
Space Needs (in square feet) 3500
Preferred Site Types N/A
Encourages Conversions No
Item 19 (Earnings Claim) Provided? Yes
Listed in the SBA Registry? No
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Franchisee Qualifications

Financial Net Worth 5
General Business Experience 5
Specific Industry Experience 1
Formal Education 1
Psychological Profile 4
Personal Interviews 5
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Terms of Contract

Term of Initial Contract 10
Term of Renewal Period 10
Passive Ownership? Not Allowed
Area Development
Yes, for 3 years
Franchisees Allowed to Expand Within Territory? Yes
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Expansion Plans

Projected New Units Over Next 12 Months 14
USA Yes, mid atlantic
Canada No
Overseas No
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