October 16, 2019 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Cleaners – an aggressively expanding dry cleaning franchise known for its same-day, one-price business model – is opening the first of 12 stores signed in a development deal that spans the Portland metro area.
All 12 stores will be owned by OKTA Dry Cleaning, LLC. The first store is located at 10228 NE Halsey Street and is slated to open on November 8. Various parts of town are being targeted for the remaining stores, including the immediate downtown area, Oakley, Hyde Park, Blue Ash and Florence, among others. Affiliates of OKTA Dry Cleaning are experienced in owning and operating nine fitness clubs and gyms in the Portland metro area, and plan on using their management experience to make ZIPS a success.
“We are very excited to bring ZIPS to the Portland area,” said Justin Andrews, Vice President of OKTA Dry Cleaning. “We saw that Portland was in need of a same-day, high-quality, low cost dry cleaner that provided outstanding service. ZIPS is able to provide customers with huge cost savings because of our flat rate cleaning fee for all clothes. Instead of spending that money on clothes, they can now spend it on other experiences that may be more enjoyable for them.”
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. Laundry items such as shirts cost $1.89, while household items such as comforters are cleaned for just $19.99 per item.
“Customers are shocked and relieved when I explain our value proposition: same price dry cleaning/laundered shirts for $2.99 and $1.89, respectively, same-day service every day,” Andrews said.” We’re on average 60 percent less expensive, yet we provide the same clean and quality that expensive cleaners offer.”
Additionally, 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 recyclable plastic bags and hanger recycling program. ZIPS recycles thousands of hangers each year, uses 100 percent recyclable plastic bags, and focuses on continuing to reduce water usage and waste production.
Today, ZIPS has more than 60 locations open and operating throughout the Mid-Atlantic and as far as Texas and California. The company also has a total active franchise development 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 2002, ZIPS Cleaners is an aggressively 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 60 ZIPS stores open and operating in six states, with more than 250 additional locations in various stages of development.