Our Brand & History


A Brand You Can Trust

A strong quality brand is one that establishes its place in the heart of a culture, and reinforces the connection a customer feels to that brand. And one of the single most important things that comes with purchasing a franchise versus opening a start-up business is the ability to use an established brand name. After more than 30 years, our customers have come to expect the convenience and quality experience that's synonymous with the Great Clips brand.

Why Choose Great Clips?

  1. Great Clips is the largest single haircare name brand in North America. We have a nearly 50% market share of all franchised hair salon units. As measured in units, the next closest brand falls short by more than 30%--and the gap grows wider each year.
  2. Owners can keep their professional careers—our salons are manager-run.
  3. We have more than 1,000 owners who have opened more than 3,900 salons.
  4. Our owners believe in multi-unit ownership—our average owner operates 5-6 salons after five years.
  5. We don’t just say we're 100% committed to owner success, we prove it. To eliminate conflict of interest issues, we are not in the business of operating corporate salons; our salons are owned by franchisees.

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A Great History

Click on the timeline below to learn the Great Clips story

Looking ahead

Great Clips' newest vision is becoming a Billion Dollar Brand, in which we hope to surpass the billion-dollar mark in total salon sales.

3,000 Milestone

Great Clips opened it's 3,000 salon in Albert Lea, Minn.

A Time to Reflect

Great Clips celebrated its 25th anniversary. In that time, it grew from four Minnesota salons to more than 2,600 across the U.S. and Canada, making it the fastest-growing haircare franchise in North America.

Relax. You're at Great Clips.

Great Clips unveils its Relax salon design and opened its 2,500th salon.

Great Needs. Great Deeds.

Great Clips raises more than $500,000 for Great Needs. Great Deeds.

Rhoda Rises to the Top

After joining Great Clips part-time in 1984, Rhoda Olsen climbs to the head of human resources, and finally to president of the company in 1998.

1,000 Milestone

Great Clips opened its 1,000th salon and also held its first charity golf classic.

Going International

As Great Clips neared the 400 mark, the first Canadian salon opened in British Columbia.

Three Thousand by 2000

Ray introduced an ambitious goal of 3,000 salons by the year 2000.

Franchised Firsts

Great Clips grows to 144 salons and Great Clips commercials hit the TV airwaves.

Meet Ray and His Vision

Chairman of the Board Ray Barton's vision to revolutionize the haircare industry begins when the first Great Clips franchise opens in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The Minnesota Roots

Steve Lemmon and David Rubenzer opened the first Great Clips near the University of Minnesota campus.

Withstanding the Test of Time

Great Clips, Inc. was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1982, when most people received haircuts in one of three ways: in full-service salons, from mom-and-pop barbershops, or at home. From those humble beginnings, Great Clips has grown to have more than 3,400 salons. See the timeline to see how we did it.


Keith Chalmers
Franchisee since 1994
Great Clips improves my ability to grow profitably. I also benefit from working with other franchisees and the hard working and knowledgeable Great Clips corporate employees. The biggest benefit is the culture of Great Clips. Their actions consistently show that they really do care about you.

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