Comet Cleaners is one of the oldest established dry-cleaning companies in the United States, and it continues to be the largest family owned dry cleaning franchise in the country. With almost 200 locations from Hawaii to Florida, this growing company has a reputation for trustworthy service and high-quality results.
By offering a wide range of dry-cleaning services at affordable prices, in addition to time-saving perks such as drive-up attention and 24-hour clothing drop-off, Comet Cleaners locations have established a solid spot in this approximately $9 billion a year industry. Over 60 years of experience has led the Texas-based franchise to develop expert techniques in caring for clothing items that range from business attire and everyday garments to delicate wedding dresses and leather items.
At times, Comet Cleaners has been at the leading edge of dry-cleaning innovation, such as during the company’s push in the early 1990s to get rid of perchlorethylene, also called PERC, from its dry-cleaning operations. This set it decades ahead of the majority of other dry cleaners, many who continue to use the harmful chemical even though it’s tied to serious health problems. By looking for safe alternatives over 20 years ago, Comet preserved its reputation for high-quality care and continual innovation.
There are several positive aspects to the Comet Cleaners franchise, including extensive guidance, ongoing support and training for franchisees. Applicants receive assistance from the beginning of the information-gathering process all the way through opening day. Organizational representatives help franchisees to apply for financing, analyze potential store locations, perform market research, install equipment and obtain real estate via an approved broker.
Before signing the franchise agreement, applicants are allowed to observe several Comet Cleaners stores in action while accompanied by a leadership team member who explains operations in detail. Continued training touches on brand values, management techniques and information related specifically to dry cleaning.
Another advantage that may make opening a Comet Cleaners location desirable is there is no inventory to worry about and hiring costs are minimal, leading to low overhead and potentially greater profits.
Comet Cleaners may be a good fit for first-time franchise owners due to the large amount of training and assistance provided throughout the entire application process. Thanks to help securing SBA financing, finding an appropriate location, negotiating real estate purchase prices, installing equipment and other details, franchisees don’t need prior experience to have a strong start.
In the case of U.S. Armed Forces veterans looking to open their own business, Comet Cleaner’s $10,000 discount on the initial franchise fee and extensive ongoing training may make this franchise a good option. While there are certain capital requirements, the franchise’s low startup costs may help new owners reach profitability more quickly.
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