Slumberland first opened in 1967 in Minnesota. The store specialized in comfort furniture items, like mattresses and reclining chairs. The inventory has expanded over the years and Slumberland carries all kinds of home furnishings. The outfit started selling franchises in 1974 and there are now more than 120 locations in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $494K - 2.08M
The Athlete’s Foot is a chain of athletic wear retail shops specializing in footwear. The company was started in Pittsburgh in 1971 by founders David and Robert Lando. Since then, the name has grown and franchises have been developed in malls and sports centers, as well as in independent locations. Nearly 500 Athlete’s Foot locations exist all over the world.
Start-up Cost: $209.95K - 495.25K
Founded in 1988 and franchised in 1989, Wireless Zone was opened by Russ Weldon. A visionary of sorts, Weldon saw great potential in the fledgling mobile phone industry. Initially called “The Car Phone Store,” the first incarnation of what would one day be Wireless Zone was located in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Franchising started the next year. After over a decade of success, The Car Phone Store became Wireless Zone.
Start-up Cost: $80.25K - 268.5K