Dry Cleaning Chain Expanding Into San Diego

Maryland-based Zips Dry Cleaners has signed a development deal with a Los Angeles area franchisee to build 110 locations in Southern California, including 15 in the San Diego market.

A company spokeswoman said terms of the agreement with ZDry LLC were not being disclosed. Specific locations have not been announced, but the dry-cleaning chain is scoping neighborhoods including Point Loma, Mission Hills and downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter.

A company statement said partners in ZDry LLC currently own 10 Planet Fitness gyms in the Los Angeles area. The franchisee’s agreement with Zips requires it to open its first San Diego area location within the next 18 months.

Headquartered in Greenbelt, Md., Zips Dry Cleaners was founded in 1996 and has been franchising since 2006. The company operates with a same-day, one-price business model, charging $1.99 per garment regardless of type.

The company has recently been expanding outside of its Mid-Atlantic home region, where it currently operates more than 40 stores.

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