Allegra locations provide a long list of marketing, printing, and mailing solutions for customers. From printing and design services to online file transferring, the company works with all kinds of clients from students to small businesses. The company was founded in 1976 and became a franchised operation the year after. Allegra has grown into a conglomerate of more than 300 individually owned service centers.
Start-up Cost: $172.35K - 520.81K
AlphaGraphics started as a small copy and print shop in Tucson, Arizona in 1970. The shop’s array of services have grown along with technology and the popular chain now serves the communications needs of clients through online services and in their stores. Nearly 300 of the franchises operating out of several locations in the U.S. and abroad.
Start-up Cost: $242K - 412K
Nick Sheehan and Ken Blum started Cartridge Depot in 2004 in Boca Raton, Florida. The name was franchised that same year, and the two business partners set to work perfecting their model and methods. Cartridge Depot refills ink and toner cartridges, offering this service for a price lower than that of purchasing new cartridges. The company also cleans the cartridges and performs any necessary repairs before refilling them.
Start-up Cost: $78.33K - 191.27K
Cartridge World was founded in 1988 in Adelaide, Australia. It became a franchise in 1992, but the first unit wasn’t sold until 1997. Despite the slow start, Cartridge World locations now number over 1,600 and span 60 countries. The company provides products and services for printers and fax machines for individuals and companies.
Start-up Cost: $120.1K - 194.6K
Coffee News was started by Jean Daum, in the small town of Charleswood in Manitoba, Canada. Wanting to have a profitable news publication offering affordable ad space that would help local businesses with exposure to potential customers, Jean saw her idea as a win-win. She did away with the tradition of delivering to people’s homes, instead focusing on keeping area restaurants stocked with the latest edition. She began franchising Coffee News outlets in 2004 and there are now almost 950 Coffee News units in the U.S. and internationally.
Start-up Cost: $9.43K - 10.43K
Roy Titus started Minuteman Press along with his son Bob in Plainview, New York in 1973. The senior Titus had worked in several different types of businesses and saw a common need among them all: printing services. His operation was successful, and the first franchised location opened in 1975. The company formed a relationship with 3M company which gave them an edge over the competition, as they had access to the 3M’s state-of-the-art materials.
Start-up Cost: $64.75K - 219.62K
Today, PIP Printing & Marketing Services is owned by Franchise Services, Inc. It was founded in 1965 by Bill LeVine. PIP, which stands for Postal Instant Press, provides graphic marketing and printing services at highly affordable rates. The company has continuously expanded and it has now become a family of more than 600 franchised centers.
Start-up Cost: $245.9K - 271.02K
Sir Speedy started up in 1968 in Costa Mesa, California. The franchise was an instant hit and by 1977 Kampgrounds of America purchased the successful name. Sir Speedy is still under KOA ownership and provides all kinds of printing, duplicating, and marketing services to customers through more than 350 locations.
Start-up Cost: $218.04K - 268.04K