Rank no.135 – AlphaGraphics – US

Rank no.135 – AlphaGraphics – US

Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur – Rank no.135 – AlphaGraphics – US


Products & Services: Digital publishing, internet services, printing, marketing & communications

Number of Locations: 298

Total Investment: $233.94K – 377.39K

Founded: 1970

Began Franchising: 1980

About AlphaGraphics

The first AlphaGraphics location opened in Tucson, Arizona, in 1970. Franchising began nine years later, and the company now has franchises throughout the U.S. and in seven other countries. AlphaGraphics business centers offer customers a variety of services such as printing, marketing communications, document creation and management.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 261 0 37 0
2012 264 0 37 0
2011 267 0 37 0
2010 235 0 37 0
2009 231 0 33 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $233,950 – $377,400
Franchise Fee: $55,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8-1.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Financial Requirements

Net Worth: $350,000
Liquid Cash Available: $150,000


5% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 4 weeks. At franchisee’s location: 2 weeks. At regional locations : Varies.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/e v a luations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: Integrated sales & marketing and direct mail

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #135 (2013), #129 (2012), #148 (2011), #331 (2010), #237 (2009),
Fastest-Growing: #60 (2012),
America’s Top Global: #106 (2012), #120 (2011), #183 (2009),


AlphaGraphics was founded by entrepreneur Rodger Ford in Tucson, Arizona, in 1970. A pioneer and an innovator, Ford’s vision was to create business centers that offered customers the latest visual communications technology. After successfully building the company’s operating systems into a successful and profitable business model, AlphaGraphics began franchising in 1979. In 1984, the company became the first desktop publishing retailer. By the late ’80s, AlphaGraphics was aggressively pursuing the global marketplace, becoming the first U.S. printing franchise to expand internationally.

In 2001, the company moved its headquarters to Salt Lake City, Utah. Today, there are more than 260 AlphaGraphics franchises located in the United States, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

AlphaGraphicsis a franchised chain of more than 260 independently owned and operated marketing service providers with full-service print shops.

AlphaGraphics business centers are franchised by AlphaGraphics, Inc., part of the Blackstreet group of companies. AlphaGraphics was founded by entrepreneur Rodger Ford in Tucson, Arizona, in 1969, and began franchising in 1979. In 1985, the company became the first desktop publishing retailer. By the late 1980s, AlphaGraphics became the first U.S.-based printing franchise to expand internationally. The company was purchased by the Pindar Group in 2001 and subsequently moved its headquarters to Salt Lake City, Utah. The current CEO is Art Coley

Today, the AlphaGraphics network is composed of more than 260 owner-operated business centers located in the United States, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. It has approximately 3,900 employees worldwide.

According to FranchiseGator.com, purchasing an AlphaGraphics franchise requires a total investment of between $240K to $375K. Financial assistance, training, and support are available.


AlphaGraphics is a global network of 260+ independently owned and operated business centers, united by a single purpose: to drive results for our clients.

We believe in pushing boundaries to help you increase your reach. Together, we create solutions that are relevant and drive results. We do this because we are passionate about your success. Each of our team members, from the owners to the graphic designers, work as a united team to increase your ROI.

Our Capabilities & Services

AlphaGraphics is a global leader in marketing and print communications and is your one-stop shop for all of your marketing and printing needs. Create and send targeted direct mail campaigns, brochures and every door direct mail pieces or producing mobile sites, email campaigns, posters and window cling. Select a Local center and get started today!

A Neighborhood Business

Each AlphaGraphics center is locally owned – we live in your communities and we know the customers in your market. Our marketing and print professionals understand how to effectively and efficiently reach your audience. Unlike other direct marketing firms, we work closely with you to integrate all of your tactics with the goals of your marketing.

Franchise Opportunity

Corporate executives, military veterans, franchise pros and independent print shop owners-these are our franchisees, a 300-member Network working together to dominate the industry.  There’s never been a better time. Think you have what it takes? Read more about the AlphaGraphics opportunity and hear our franchise owners’ stories. More.

AlphaGraphics World Headquarters

215 S State St #320
Salt Lake City, UT 84111, United States
Phone: 801.595.7270
Toll-Free: 800.955.6246
Fax: 801.595.7271
Email: contactus@alphagraphics.com

AlphaGraphics Marketing Department

Phone: 801.595.7270
Toll Free: 800.955.6246
Email: marketing@alphagraphics.com

Source: AlphaGraphics official website