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Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn more about the franchising opportunities available with Tide Cleaners. Tide Cleaners is a blend of innovation and service that's changing the dry cleaning experience for good. Now is a great time to get in on a ground-floor opportunity with a growing brand! We look forward to hearing from you soon and assisting you in navigating the franchise qualification process.

Our Franchising Team is looking forward to connecting with you soon!


Limited Time Incentive Programs

Don't miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of our exciting Incentive Programs! For a limited time, new Franchisees will enjoy a Marketing expenditure contribution for their first Plant Store in the amount of $25,000. In addition, Micro Drop Store and Locker Only Drop Store Project Management Fees and Start-Up Assistance Fees will be deferred until 1 year after opening and up to $7,500 of Marketing expenses for will be covered by APFI.

Also, be sure to ask us about the Tide Cleaners Conversion Incentive Program, where you can take advantage of no Royalties for six months, to convert existing, non-franchised dry cleaners to Tide Cleaners locations.

Additional details and requirements will be provided during the qualification process. This policy may be changed or terminated at any time at our discretion.

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What is the next step in getting my Tide Cleaners business started?

Contact us. This does not obligate you or Tide Cleaners in any way. The information is simply used to determine whether or not owning a Tide Cleaners business may be right for you. Upon receipt and review, a member of our Franchising team will contact you.

Is there a continuing royalty fee?

The continuing royalty fee is 6.5% of net sales paid weekly through electronic funds transfer.

What are the financial requirements associated with this franchise opportunity?

Initial Franchise Fee: $10,000 per unit Investment Range: $681,100 - $1,573,300 for a Plant Store (the store format that you must use for your first Outlet)* $153,900 - $636,800 for a Drop Store (the store format that you may use for your second or subsequent Outlet(s))*

$79,500- $349,750 for a Micro Drop Store

$56,900 - $267,150 for a Locker Only Drop Store

$8,700 - $86,600 for a Non-Traditional Store

$93,900 - $197,000 Plant Store Conversion

$51,500 - $104,500 Central Plant Conversion

$75,000 - $134,400 Drop Store Conversion

*Lease Model - does not include associated costs for land and building.

Financial Requirements: $750,000 Liquid Capital; $2,000,000 Net Worth

Royalties: 6.5% of Net Sales*, Marketing Fee: 4% (2% National Ad Fund; 2% Local).

*Net sales = Gross sales minus taxes, refunds and discounts

Is there a continuing advertising fee?

There is a requirement to contribute 4% of the store’s weekly net sales for Marketing (2% Local; 2% National Advertising & Development Fund).

What is franchising? How does it work?

Franchising is a way for a business to expand beyond its original owners. The power of franchising is realized through the combination of the contributions from the two participants. The most common form of franchising is a business-format franchise, where the franchisor contributes certain elements including the brand/trademark for the concept, the business system (commonly called the operating system), and initial and ongoing support. The franchisee contribution involves the management skills to run the business day-to-day using the franchisor-provided brand and system, and capital to fund the opening and continued operations of the business. In addition, the franchisee brings a level of desire and interest in having the business succeed that is essential to franchising, and is something the franchisor can't replicate on its own. Your desire to succeed plays a huge role in your ongoing success. Franchisees pay initial franchise fees and then ongoing royalties for access to the format the franchisor has developed and for ongoing enhancements to the system. It's truly an attractive situation for both parties. There is a contract, called the Franchise Agreement, signed by both parties that governs the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee and explains in detail the responsibilities of both sides. The franchisor is required to provide a copy of the Franchise Agreement and this contract will provide a roadmap for the duration of time the agreement is effective.

How long does it take to open a Tide Cleaners business?

We hesitate to give time frames due to the number of variables that exist. Usually, a Tide Cleaners business can be opened within four to five months from construction commencement. Many factors influence the time from execution of the Franchise Agreement to groundbreaking. This timeline may vary due to the following factors:

  • Finding a suitable location

  • Lease negotiations

  • Due diligence, zoning and use approvals

  • Construction timing

  • Arranging financing

  • Training

What qualifications does Tide Cleaners seek in its potential franchisees?

Certain qualities and qualifications are essential to become a Tide Cleaners franchise owner:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to succeed

  • The ability to motivate and train people

  • The ability to manage finances

  • The willingness to personally devote full-time and best efforts to the day-to-day operation of the cleaning business as an on-premises franchisee

  • The willingness to complete a comprehensive training and evaluation program to become proficient in all aspects of running the cleaning business

  • The ability to meet financial qualifications

Will I receive assistance in finding a location for my Tide Cleaners?

While it is ultimately the responsibility of our Franchisee’s to locate and secure an acceptable location, our team will provide guidance and assistance in the site selection process.

What is the availability of sites in my area?

The availability of franchises in specific areas will be discussed during your initial interview. However, as you can appreciate, Tide Cleaners cannot predict which locations will be available when your application and qualification process is complete.

Do I receive training from Tide Cleaners?

Our current training program offers approximately two weeks of hands-on experience in operating a Tide Cleaners location at a training facility/on-the-job/on-site and approximately one week of self-directed computer-based training. We also provide additional training for your management staff and a Tide Cleaners Support Representative will be on your site during its opening.

Will Tide Cleaners purchase a piece of property that I own and then sell me the franchise for that location?

Tide Cleaners does not purchase sites for Franchisees. Our Franchisees are responsible for purchasing or leasing an acceptable site for their Tide Cleaners location. We collaborate with our Franchisees to locate and secure the best possible site in their market. We assist our Franchisees in evaluating, designing and constructing great locations.

What type of support will I receive?

The Tide Cleaners team will provide guidance regarding standards, specifications, operating procedures, marketing, purchasing equipment and products. A series of manuals are also provided in a franchise website portal that will assist in the operation of your Tide Cleaners.

Regional activities are important to our continuing education program. This program helps keep franchisees informed on a variety of subjects and provides an opportunity to interact with other franchisees and the Tide Cleaners management team.

Will Tide Cleaners assist with lease negotiations?

Tide Cleaners does assist in negotiations to secure an acceptable site for your Tide Cleaners location by providing tools and support based on our extensive experience. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of our Franchisees to lease or purchase an acceptable property.

Can I open more than one store?

Yes. We encourage those franchisees who are qualified with special skills/systems and proven multi-unit franchise experience to open multiple locations.

What is the term of the franchise agreement?

Your franchise agreement will have an initial term of 10 years, plus a 10-year renewal option.

Who do I speak with about international franchise opportunities with Tide Cleaners?

At this time, we are focusing our growth and development in the United States and it may be some time before we consider international expansion. If you would like to be contacted when that opportunity is available, Contact us and a member of our Franchising team will call or email you.

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