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Fantastic Sams

March 22, 2016 11:03 ET

Fantastic Sams Makes Franchise Gator 2016 Top 100 Franchises List

Annual Ranking Praises Fantastic Sams Brand Recognition Alongside Strong Support and Supply Chain as a Solid Foundation for Business Growth

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Mar 22, 2016) - Fantastic Sams has made the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises list once again, claiming the 48th spot for 2016.

"We are once again very excited to be recognized as one of the Franchise Gator's Top 100," said Linda Chadwick, President and CEO. "We can talk about our differentiators in the value-salon space all day long, but when a third party with a lot of institutional knowledge about franchising makes a recommendation, it's very meaningful."

Fantastic Sams was the first nationally franchised hair salon, and it has grown to more than 1,100 locations over 40 years. Unlike discount haircut franchises, Fantastic Sams offers the full range of salon services, including haircuts and trend-right styles, color and waxing, which helps generate higher tickets and margins. Fantastic Sams invented the no-appointment-needed hair salon and continues to be an industry leader.

In its ranking, Franchise Gator pointed out many of the values that make Fantastic Sams a great franchise. Chief among them is the opportunity to own a brand that's been successful for more than 40 years in a very competitive personal-care arena.

"There are a lot of value salons out there, but they don't have the market share we do for good reason," Chadwick said. "Our brand's longevity is a huge plus, because the people who grew up coming to us are now bringing their children into our salons. But we also do more than cuts -- our color services are more popular than ever, for example."

In addition, Fantastic Sams has never been afraid to shake things up. For example, a recent floor-plan redesign has created an open space where customers and staff mingle, and it offers a much more inviting vibe. Tradition still counts, too: Every Fantastic Sams salon franchise still operates using the no-appointment business model that founder Sam Ross pioneered.

Franchise Gator also pointed out the branded product line that Fantastic Sams offers, noting that it helps stylists increase their per-ticket total, which helps the salon's bottom line. Ongoing training and support also are plus points for the franchise's total appeal.

"We bring a lot to the table when we enter a marketplace, including financing," Chadwick concluded. "Our franchise owners have many ways to increase their revenue stream. What's more, we are there to support them every step of the way. We don't just attend a ribbon cutting and wish them the best. Ongoing support, training and product development are key to our franchisees' success, and to our growth as a company."

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