Chem-Dry Makes ‘Entrepreneur’ Magazine’s 2018 Top Global Franchises List
Ability to build a strong base of business and adapt to changing marketplace forces in diverse cultural and economic settings seen as strong positive
From the Caribbean to South Asia, Chem-Dry cleaning franchise owners are thriving. That’s been the case for more than 40 years, and given the enormous shifts in the global economy and market forces in the past few years alone, it’s also a testament to the durability of this well-known brand.
It’s also why, once again, Entrepreneur magazine has tapped Chem-Dry for its 2018 Top Global Franchises list, a showcase of the world’s best franchise opportunities. With operations in more than 53 countries, and more coming online all the time, Chem-Dry remains a perfect fit for this ranking, where this year it rose to No. 46.
Global franchises must be flexible and adaptable
Entrepreneur lines up dozens of franchise opportunities and assesses them through many different lenses. The ability to be picked apart and examined in such detail, and then make the cut, is why such a listing is so valuable to anyone assessing the Chem-Dry cleaning franchise opportunity, says Doug Smith, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development.
“Entrepreneur staffers spend a huge amount of time assessing businesses in the United States and around the world for their various rankings,” Smith says. “We tend to be a ‘repeat performer’ on lists such as this one because Chem-Dry is a strong, legacy performer in the carpet and floor-cleaning space, while also being an easy-to-own, scalable business that’s appealing in diverse settings around the world.”
Chem-Dry’s core offerings make the difference
Millions of print readers will see the July/August issue featuring the rankings, as well as more than 200,000 Entrepreneur App subscribers, according to the publication. That’s likely to spur even more interest in Chem-Dry in the United States and abroad, where in recent months the brand has signed Master Franchise agreements in Cambodia and Kenya.
Why the ongoing success? To list just one reason, Chem-Dry is a scalable business, which appeals to first-time franchise owners anywhere. They can operate from their home vs. having to purchase or lease expensive commercial real estate. They can start with just carpet cleaning, for example, and then add other services, such as leather and upholstery cleaning or granite and tile renewal. That flexibility also allows new franchise owners to keep other careers as they build the business, another major plus for overseas owners who have stakes in many operations.
Chem-Dry is the world’s largest carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise with nearly 3,500 franchises in 55 countries, serving 11,000 homes and businesses a day. Chem-Dry has been Entrepreneur magazine’s top-rated carpet cleaning franchise for 30 straight years. The Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction process delivers a faster-drying, deeper and more environmentally friendly clean that appeals to home and business owners. In addition to carpet and area rugs, Chem-Dry provides cleaning and renewal services for tile and stone, granite countertops, leather and upholstery.
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