Great Clips is a 100% franchised company with more than 4,200 salons across North America—each one offering a great haircut at a great location at a great price. We pride ourselves on making it easy for customers to get a great haircut at a time and place that’s convenient for them. That’s why we’re open evenings and weekends, no appointments necessary. Great Clips is a hair salon franchise with over 4,100 locations across the United States and Canada. It is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2013, it had system-wide sales of $1.03 billion. Great Clips, Inc. is a franchise company with over 4,100 salons across North America. The company is known for no-appointment, no-frills salons that provide customers with affordable haircuts. The stripped-down salons are, as COO Rob Goggins has said, “Not flashy or sexy, but a very solid business model. The salons have been noted as a good investment as they are a low-cost franchise with high growth potential. As noted by Kiplingers, “The company has seen steady business, even during the Great Recession, because consumers tend to spend on grooming in both good times and bad.The first Great Clips salon opened under the name Super Clips near the University of Minnesota campus on September 22, 1982. Great Clips salons specialized in no-frills, low-priced haircuts and found immediate success with their first three salons, which opened over a span of three months. In early 1983, founders Steve Lemmon and David Rubenzer sought out a third partner in Ray Barton to spearhead Great Clips’ expansion and franchising. The first franchised Great Clips salon opened for business on July 16, 1983 in Brooklyn Center, MN. The company grew from 150 franchised salons in 1988 to 1,000 by 1997. The 2,500th salon was opened in 2006. The first franchisees, Mary Lou Barton (Ray Barton’s wife) and Marylu and Roger Ledebuhr are still Great Clips franchisees today. The Ledebuhrs opened the 3,000th Great Clips salon in 2011. In 1984, the three owners recruited Rhoda Olsen (née Barton), Ray’s sister, to work for Great Clips part-time as a training consultant to create training manuals and programs for franchisees and stylists. In March 1987, the partners convinced her to leave her position at Land O’Lakes to work full-time as the vice president of human resources at Great Clips.