In 2010, Procter & Gamble, the makers of Tide Detergent, looked to open franchised dry cleaners across the country, each branded under the Tide name & logo. They had previously opened three test Tide Dry Cleaners in Kansas City as well as nine franchised Mr. Clean Car Washes.
Each Tide Dry Cleaners location offers the following services: a multi-lane drive-thru, 24 hour pickup/dropoff, Tide Dry Cleaners Anytime kiosk, after hours lockers, & concessions. GreenEarth, Tide, & Downy products are used on all clothing.
Franchisees operate the Tide Dry Cleaners just as they would a restaurant. Tide Dry Cleaners franchisees must pay nearly $1 million to operate one location; Mr. Clean Car Wash franchisee must pay $5 million to operate a location. One particular franchisee, the founder of Panda Express Chinese Restaurants, said in 2010 that he planned to open 150 Tide Dry Cleaners by the end of 2014.
Procter & Gamble’s FutureWorks division developed the Tide Dry Cleaning concept in 2008. The focus of the FutureWorks unit is to discover or invent products, services, companies, & brands that could revolutionize and/or innovate the cleaning industry. P&G is responsible for other cleaning & hygiene products such as Swiffer, Bounty, Cascade, Gain, Charmin, Luvs, & Crest.
Tide Dry Cleaners has franchised locations in several metro areas in the US, including: Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, Charlotte, Little Rock, Naples, FL, Omaha, Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Phoenix, & in multiple cities around Cincinnati, where P&G is headquartered.
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(Sources: Bloomberg, Tide, P&G)