The Great Clips® Advantage

Our Process, Your Business

Stylists and managers talking

At Great Clips, we believe recruiting franchisees is important business. We want to attract the best and the brightest so we invest a lot of resources—both financial and personal—in the process of identifying, evaluating and qualifying prospects, and then getting them off to a great start. This is an important relationship—and we want to make sure it’s best for the company and the prospective franchisee.

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    Know what it takes

    Find out as much as you can about the franchising business model and Great Clips.

    The Great Clips Advantage
    Franchisee Responsibilities
    Available Territories & Investment

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    Submit application

    Franchise Application

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    Participate in the mutual evaluation process

    After you submit your application, the Great Clips Franchise Development team will contact you to begin the mutual evaluation process, based on your qualifications. During this six- to eight-week process, you’ll receive our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), and we’ll have conversations about the realities of running a haircare business (financials, real estate, operational requirements, etc.) and the skills you bring to the partnership (leadership, people development, customer service, community outreach, etc.). You will also have the opportunity to connect with Great Clips franchisees to ask questions and verify the information you've learned throughout your evaluation of the business.

    Once you and Great Clips have determined that this is a good fit, we will agree to execute the Franchise Agreement and Approval.

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    Join Great Clips

    You did it! After signing your franchise agreement(s), the Great Clips Operations team will help you jump into the next phase.

    Proceed to Phase 2: Opening a Salon

During this phase, the steps don’t always happen singularly; rather, you’ll be doing several of them simultaneously—always with someone from Great Clips available to help you make decisions and move forward.

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    From the day you sign your franchise agreement, you'll begin a thorough training process that includes online courses, in-person training and in-salon training. We help you with what you need to know, when you need to know it!

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    Select your location

    Got an idea for a great location? Great! Let us know about it. Looking for the best location? We have a list of pre-identified locations available for most markets, and our Real Estate team can connect you with the best brokers and landlords in your area.

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    Build your salon

    You'll get all the help you need to design and build your Great Clips salon from our internal Facilities & Purchasing team. They will walk  you through each and every step from ordering signage to stocking shampoo!

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    Hire your staff

    Using our staff recruiting strategies and powerful online careers website, you’ll have access to qualified applicants to help you staff your salon.

    Great Clips Careers

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    Promote your opening

    Plan your Grand Opening marketing strategy with the assistance of the Great Clips Marketing team.

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    Open your business

    Your grand opening is a huge benchmark in your new business—and it’s only the beginning. The next few months are a critical period as you grow customer counts, connect with your community, and work with your staff to develop their skills and create a great culture for your salon. As always, someone from Great Clips will be there to offer resources and support as you grow your business.

Community Outreach

Great Clips franchisees, their teams, and the corporate office are dedicated to our communities with a focus on philanthropic and volunteer activities.