NAPLES, Fla. — Lapels Cleaners, part of Clean Franchise Brands, was recently named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 as one of the Top Low-Cost Franchises for 2022.
“Year in and year out, we strive to be the best franchise out there every single year,” says Kevin DuBois, CEO of Clean Franchise Brands. “Making Entrepreneur’s Top 500 tells me that we are making progress toward that objective and offering a great opportunity at a very good price. During the pandemic and as we come out of it, many people are looking towards franchises as a way to be their own boss and control their destiny. With our Lapels Cleaners offering, you can start with a satellite location for a modest price.”
The cost to buy a Lapels Cleaners franchise ranges from an initial investment of $40,000 to $700,000.
In a statement, the company says that, in addition to being affordable, Lapels Cleaners offers potential owners the opportunity to be part of an organization at the forefront of creating sustainability in the garment care industry. This features a partnership agreement with GreenEarth, the drycleaning industry’s only non-toxic cleaning alternative for its newer locations. Using these kinds of solutions and the latest technology in equipment, the company states, Lapels uses the world’s ONLY 100 percent environmentally non-toxic drycleaning process along with 100 percent wet cleaning that offers a sustainable and hypoallergenic process.
Lapels Cleaners has received a number of accolades in the franchise world, the company states. This includes being ranked again on the 2020 Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list for the country’s top Franchise Systems, as well as being named to Franchise Times Top 200+.
Advocating a hub-and-spokes model with a plant store and satellite locations, Lapels Cleaners has nearly 100 locations nationwide and is one of five cleaning franchises operated by Clean Franchise Brands and its equity partner, Greybull Stewardship, L.P. (“Greybull”), which purchased Martinizing Dry Cleaning, 1-800-DryClean, Pressed4time, Dry Cleaning Station and Bizziebox in 2021. The acquisitions made Clean Franchise Brands the largest garment cleaning company in the world, with 500+ stores in 40 states and nine countries.
“The acquisition was a game changer in terms of what we can offer our franchise owners and how that translates into more offerings and better services for our customers,” says DuBois, who is also the co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business. “The merger gave us the collective purchasing power to significantly reduce operational costs for our franchises. For example, a LapelsCleaners plant may provide the cleaning service for a 1-800-Dry-Clean operator.”
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