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German mechanic Kurt Ziebart opened the original Ziebart’s store in Detroit in 1954 after creating a method to prevent automobile body rust. In 1963, Ziebart began franchising and by 1989 had acquired a company called Tidy Car, adding its locations to his growing network. Today more than 250 Ziebart auto body shops serve customers around the world.

Start-up Cost: $167K - 326K


Zips Dry Cleaners

Zips is a franchised group of dry cleaning stores in the United States. The company got its start in 1996 as a collection of small dry cleaning businesses in the Baltimore-Washington area. The idea was to provide quick dry cleaning while keeping prices low. Since then, Zips has grown into 30 locations operating on the same principles as the early cooperative.

Start-up Cost: $616.15K - 778.5K


Zoup! Systems LLC

In 1997, Zoup’s founders opened what would eventually become the popular lunch restaurant chain. They sold soup and spice products on the wholesale market, eventually joining forces with a chef friend who helped them to devise the homestyle recipes for which Zoup! is known. The company opened up to franchising in 2003 and there are currently over 40 locations in the United States.

Start-up Cost: $327.5K - 563K

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