Great Clips was originally founded as Super Clips in September of 1982 by Steve Lemmon and David Rubenzer, near the University of Minnesota. Lemmon and Rubenzer wanted to operate a no-frills type of hair cutting salon that would appeal to students and those who wanted a great haircut but did not want to pay for a fancy shop.
The company began offering franchises in late 1983. Great Clips has 3,700 locations across the U.S. and employs more than 30,000 hair stylists. The company had $1.03 billion in revenue in 2013.
Due to the coronavirus, most Great Clips locations were forced to close, causing clients to find alternative methods for haircuts. Now that most salons can reopen, patrons are not returning to their usual routine.
Great Clips is listed as #13 on the Entrepreneur list of Top Fastest Growing Franchises in America. The company offers veterans discounts off of their first store franchise fee and has third party sources to help cover start up costs, inventory, and equipment.