Sport Clips Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Sport Clips, clients can drop in any time without an appointment and be greeted by like an MVP by a friendly, professional stylist while sports play on television. As a Sport Clips owner, you can bring that one-of-a-kind experience to your clients, too. Here are answers to the questions we most frequently receive regarding our hair cutting franchise opportunity.

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  • What are the minimum requirements to open a sport clips store?

    To ensure that you are able to obtain the necessary financing that you will need to move forward, we require that you have a minimum of $200,000 liquid assets (cash and marketable securities) and $400,000 net worth. This requirement may be higher if construction costs are higher than normal in certain areas, or if a candidate wants to sign up for more than three licenses.

  • What's the initial Investment?

    Your initial cost will be $59,500, which covers your franchise fees for your first three stores. Should you purchase more than three licenses; each additional license will be $12,500.

  • How much does it cost to open a store?

    Currently, the cost of building out a single store, including the franchise fee and working capital, ranges between $183,300 and $351,500. A full breakdown of the cost is provided in Item 7 of our Franchise Disclosure Document. The bulk of that cost can usually be financed, but lenders will generally require a cash injection of 20-30%. Franchisees will need to meet lenders’ qualifications for financing.
  • Can I buy just one store?

    Except under certain circumstances, investors are required to purchase a minimum of three licenses. Qualifying circumstances might include a desire to develop in a market where there is not sufficient opportunity to develop three stores within a reasonable area or for veterans who can verify an honorable discharge. We also have opportunities for Store Managers to become Team Leaders (TLs) of a single store.

  • What is a multi-unit franchise?

    Multi-unit franchising is a franchise model where the typical franchisee owns more than one location. In our case, we require that candidates purchase a minimum of three locations, at a cost of $59,500 for all three licenses.

  • Do you offer incentives for veterans?

    Yes, qualified veterans are eligible for a 20% discount off the Sport Clips’ franchise fee of $59,500 through participation in the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, also known as VetFran, which was created in 1991 during the Gulf War. (Veterans may also be approved for one or two stores if they don’t meet our financial minimum requirements for three licenses.) To learn more about VetFran, visit the Franchising for Veterans Facebook page.

  • What Does the Manager Model Mean?

    This means you will hire a manager that will run the stores for you. The franchisee is responsible for the manager, neighborhood marketing, and bookkeeping. The manager will spend time on the cutting floor as a Stylist, and assist in the Operation of the store. As a Team Leader, you will be expected to spend an average of 10-20 hours a week working on your business via local marketing, bookkeeping, and store visits.

  • How Does the Territory Work?

    Your initial agreement will include an area of preference in which you will build your stores. You will establish this territory with the Development Professional. An Operator is required to live within an hour drive radius of their first location.

  • How Many Company-Owned Stores Do You Have?

    We have 32 stores in our 2 designated company-owned markets: 20 in the Austin, Texas area and 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. We feel it’s very important for a franchisor to operate stores, and to do so in markets where we don’t compete with our franchised stores for real estate or Stylists. We operate very successful stores, setting the example of how to properly operate Sport Clips stores, both in our home market and one hundreds of miles away. We test ALL of our “bright ideas” about how to enhance our system in our own stores before rolling these enhancements out to the system as a whole. In other words, we spend our money to test and prove our ideas before we ask you to spend your money on them!

  • How Long Have You Been in Business?

    Our founder, Gordon Logan, and his wife Bettye have been in the salon business for over 35 years, spending the first 15 or so in full-service salons. In the early 1990s, they saw a need for a place where men and boys could be comfortable getting their haircut (Gordon didn’t enjoy getting his haircut in their own full service salons!). They opened their first Sport Clips location in 1993. We started franchising the concept in 1995.

  • What Is the Estimated Initial Franchise Investment?

    From FDD Item 7

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    Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment Is Made
    Initial Fran­chise Fee $25,000- $59,500 (Note 2) Lump sum Prior to Execution of Franchise Agreement The Company
    Travel and living expens­es while attending initial training $1,000- $2,000 As Incurred During Initial Training Airlines, Hotels and Restaurants
    Real Estate (Note 3)
    Opening Inven­tory $4,000- $6,000 (Note 4) Lump Sum Prior to Opening Vendors
    Fixtures and Equipment (including computer equipment) $35,000- $45,000 (Note 5) Lump Sum Prior to Opening Contractors and / or Suppliers
    Leasehold Improvements $35,000- $100,000 (Note 6) Lump Sum Prior to Opening Contractors and / or Suppliers
    Supplemental Services Fee $3,000-$5,000 (Note 7) Lump Sum Prior to Opening The Company
    Professional Fees $1,000- $5,000 (Note 8) As Incurred Prior to Opening Suppliers
    Permits and Licenses $1,000- $3,500 As Incurred Prior to Opening Local and State Agencies
    Lease Deposit $0- $5,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Landlord
    Signage $4,000- $8,000 (Note 9) Lump Sum Prior to Opening Suppliers
    Miscellaneous Opening Costs $3,000- $5,000 (Note 10) As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers, Utilities, etc.
    Insurance $1,300- $2,500 (Note 11) Lump Sum Prior to Opening Insurance Company
    Grand Opening Advertising $30,000 (Note 12) Lump Sum Prior to Opening The Company
    Additional Funds - 6 Months $40,000 - $75,000 (Note 13) As Incurred As Needed Employees, Creditors, and / or Suppliers
    *TOTAL $183,300 - $351,500

    *Does not include real estate costs, royalties, or marketing fund contributions.

    ** Except for the initial franchise fee-which reflects the cost for up to 3 stores-the amounts in the chart above reflect the estimated cost to open one store.

    See our FDD for more complete information, including footnotes explaining some of these costs. It is important for you to know that we are not in the business of selling services or products to our system, other than some minor items where we can save you money by buying these items in bulk. We do not take “kickbacks” or commissions from our suppliers, we negotiate the best service, quality and pricing and pass those savings on to you.

  • Does Sport Clips Do In-House Financing?

    No, we don’t offer first party financing, but we do work with several preferred lenders who are very comfortable with the Sport Clips model that we can refer you to.

  • How Big Is a Store?

    A typical location ranges between 1,000 and 1,400 square feet, and houses 6 to 10 chairs.

  • Am I Responsible to Locate a Site / Store Location by Myself?

    Although you are responsible for choosing your site, you will work with our real estate team to find a location. The site location has to be recommended by you, then approved by our executive team. Our real estate team will scout locations based upon the territory you establish with the Development Professional. You will have the option to accept or pass any proposed location.

  • What Kind of Training Can I Expect in the First Year and Ongoing?

    After signing, Team Leaders begin an Orientation process that introduces them to the Sport Clips system and various aspects of the business they need to understand in order to be successful.

    Topics include basic lessons on:

    • Culture
    • Business foundations
    • Real estate
    • Marketing
    • Stylist recruiting
    • Sport Clips Operations standards
    • Training and team development

    Team Leaders get practice and experience on those topics during 4 to 5 days of management development training in their market, completing a series of comprehensive online learning modules, and in a 5-day Team Leader Training Camp held in Georgetown, Texas prior to opening their first store. Learning continues at their store’s Grand Opening and afterwards through follow-up management development sessions, in leadership days held quarterly in most markets, and at the annual National Conference.

  • Do you offer a Financial Performance Representation?

    The Federal Trade Commission requires that we provide that information in a very specific format as part of our Franchise Disclosure Document. You will receive that document from your development representative. Our Item 19 includes gross sales averages for our entire network and a more detailed breakdown of costs and revenues for our corporately owned stores.

Team Leader Testimonials

  • “My wife and I researched dozens of franchise opportunities before settling on Sport Clips. It was a giant step for us because neither of us had any experience in either business or hair care.”


  • “Sport Clips was the Franchise that suited my business model.”


  • “The level of commitment from the franchisor to support the success of franchisees seemed to be second to none.”

    Nebraska (5 stores)

  • “Sport Clips has a target niche that allows us to really focus on the experience that our ideal customer wants.”

    Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Michigan

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