Same day, one-price business calling for bold expansion over next five years
March 21, 2019 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Cleaners, the rapidly expanding dry cleaning franchise – known for its same-day, one-price business model – has signed a development deal for 20 locations set to open throughout Atlanta over the next five years.
The stores will be owned and operated by business partners Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins. Both entrepreneurs have positions at Momentum Advisors, a company founded by Allan Boomer. No strangers to franchising, the business partners own multiple ZIPS locations, as well as other businesses.
“I have lived in Atlanta on two occasions in my adult life and I love the area for so many reasons,” said Tiffany Hawkins. “After opening a few locations in ZIPS’ home market of Maryland-D.C.-Virginia, we were ready to break ground in a new market and there was no question that Atlanta was our first choice. I know Atlanta. Again, I love Atlanta; and the people of this city deserve a one-price, high-capacity dry cleaner that is modern, service-oriented and focused on cutting costs — without cutting the quality.”
At ZIPS, a customer can have any item of clothing dry cleaned for $2.99. It doesn’t matter if the item is a necktie, a coat or a pair of pants, the price is $2.99, 60 percent less than the national average. Garments are also cleaned on-site, allowing for same-day service.
“Since becoming a ZIPS franchisee in April 2016,” said Allan Boomer. “My partners and I have been involved in some of the most successful new dry cleaning stores in the company. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to bring ZIPS to a thriving new market. In analyzing the competitive landscape, Atlanta was the No. 1 market on our radar. It is a great market with great people. Our team has long ties to the region and we are really looking forward to building a significant presence in Atlanta.”
In today’s increasingly “green-conscious” society, ZIPS is leading the way in the search for new environmentally-friendly practices, such as its’ use of 100 percent recyclable plastic bags and its’ hanger recycling program. ZIPS recycles thousands of hangers each year and focuses on continuing to reduce water usage and waste production.
“ZIPS is pleased to announce that Franklin Morgan Capital has agreed to introduce ZIPS Cleaners to the Atlanta Market” ZIPS CEO Drew Ritger said. “The managing partners, Tiffany Hawkins and Allan Boomer, are excited to introduce this new investment into the Atlanta market. Atlanta is one of the top markets targeted for growth by ZIPS Franchising LLC. ZIPS expects new stores to open in the near future in Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Cincinnati, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Indianapolis. We’ll see continued growth in California, Florida, Maryland, Texas and Virginia. The company is dedicated to becoming a national garment care brand and No. 1 in market share in each of the markets it serves.”
Today, ZIPS has more than 50 locations open and operating throughout the Mid-Atlantic and as far as Texas and California. The company also has a total active franchise pipeline that stands at more than 250 stores, all of which are slated to open over the next several years.
About ZIPS Cleaners
Founded in 1996 and franchising since 2006, ZIPS Cleaners is a rapidly expanding dry cleaning franchise known for its same-day, one-price business model. It doesn’t matter if the item is a necktie, a wedding dress or a pair of pants, the flat rate is 60 percent less than the industry average. Today, there are more than 50 ZIPS stores open and operating in six states, with more than 250 additional locations in various stages of development.