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Zips Delivers Unbeatable Franchise Opportunity

Zips Delivers Unbeatable Franchise Opportunity

ZIPS Dry Cleaners’ competitive edge all adds up.

Backed by leadership with more than 200 years of combined dry-cleaning experience, ZIPS, known for its revolutionary one-price, same-day strategy, continues to surge as an industry disrupter and high-value franchise proposition.

With more than 60 locations from coast-to-coast, and 250 stores in development, ZIPS is on a mission to be the dominant national brand in a sea of local dry cleaners. 

“ZIPS has perfected the science and process of garment care to maximize consumer satisfaction while delivering superior returns to ZIPS’ investor,” says Drew Ritger, chief executive officer of ZIPS. 

Under Ritger's leadership, the Greenbelt, Maryland brand has soared with a fine-tuned franchise approach to its no-nonsense consumer proposition: In by 9 out by 5. One transparent, predictable, and unbeatable price—60 percent cheaper than the competition. Four businesses—dry cleaning, laundry service, household care, and alterations—in one, to meet every garment care need.  Unparalleled service and a commitment to environmentally friendly processes. 

Not only does ZIPS clean up to four times the garments a traditional dry cleaner gets through every day-they also do it faster.  The brand's winning formula generates high volumes and average unit sales among the highest in the industry.

“High volume, combined with a proven process to manage the volume, gives ZIPS efficient operations, which allows the business to have a solid net income percentage, relative to sales, and comparably high return on investment,” Ritger adds.

Behind the seams, ZIPS delivers strong franchise support from the start. The brand offers site selection, training, operations, and process engineering assistance designed to create value. Franchisees can also count on the support of regional advertising strategies and campaigns, along with access to cutting-edge digital platforms that allow owners to customize their marketing materials. 

Founded in 1996 with eight dry cleaners in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, ZIPS boasts a unique heritage with the support of many long-term franchisees and owners and a strong track record of success. No ZIPS store has ever closed. 

With a burgeoning development pipeline, ZIPS' best days are ahead. The brand looks to continue to significantly gain market share in a highly fragmented industry, marked by inconsistent pricing, value, and service.  

Ritger plans to build ZIPS into a national brand, with a $1 billion future. Along the way, he aims to create millions of life-long ZIPS' consumers and the nation's top opportunity for franchise investors. 

“There are strong local brands, but the market is wide open for a national brand to create a business with scale to serve the needs of consumers across the country with a consistent product and garment care service,” says Ritger. “We believe the ZIPS' differentiated brand offers the opportunity to be national in scale. ZIPS has been the #1 garment care brand in the Mid-Atlantic region for years and is now expanding nationally to fulfill the brand promise and opportunity.”

ZIPS is on a roll. The brand has entered the Tampa, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania markets, and experienced continued investment in new stores in Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, and the core markets of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland in the last year.  2019 will be a record year of new store expansion for ZIPS.  

“We are elated to bring the brand to Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Portland, Oregon, and Dallas during the next year,” Ritger says. “It is an exciting time to be part of the ZIPS brand!”

Ready to join a franchise brand that will never hang you out to dry? Head over to to discover a one-of-kind franchise opportunity.

ZIPS Cleaners
Offering same-day service, a single low price, and a streamlined process that’s simple to replicate, ZIPS is a standout in the garment care segment. Multiple formats afford faster, less costly market coverage. Look your best in a great opportunity. Learn More

Published: September 5th, 2019

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