The Zip Yard franchise opportunity

The Zip Yard was founded in 2005 after extensive market research identified a gap in the market where it found how very few body shapes conform to the ‘standard’ European sizes found on the High Street.

The Zip Yard also realised that people no longer had the time or skills to tackle even the simplest of hems let alone risking damage to a favourite or expensive garment.

The Zip Yard head office is based in Limerick and consists of seven branches nationwide plus an additional nine in Northern Ireland. The success of The Zip Yard has relied on taking a different approach to the clothing alterations business. People want their garments, whether they are ‘every day’ items or ‘special occasion’ wear altered by trained professionals they can trust, quickly and efficiently, in clean modern premises.

This has led to our branches enjoying a high volume of repeat business on a weekly basis.

Success has been built on the back of quality, speed, convenience and value – together with a network of dedicated, passionate, focused and hard-working franchise owners.

Our Centers are profitable in the first year and interestingly the clothing alteration business is not economy driven!

When times are good more and more people buy new clothes that need altering to size.

When times are less good people get clothes altered or repaired to last a little longer.

In 2010 The Zip Yard was presented by the Limerick City Enterprise Board the award of; ‘Business with Best Potential Growth’

On joining The Zip Yard you are partnering with a successful company with a proven business model in a growing sector. You will enjoy being your own boss yet you will have all the support of The Zip Yard Management Team.

You do not need to have a background in the garment alterations industry as full training will be provided. Furthermore, we will assist with finding the right premises in the best location, and recruiting and training staff.

Our business ethos is based on the principles of excellent and responsive customer service, speedy turn around, quality materials and staff loyalty augmented by efficient and proven business systems, marketing and promotional collateral and on-going in-centre support from the whole Zip Yard team.

“This is my first Venture into business on my own but the people at The Zip Yard made everything so easy for me - from start to finish!”
Caroline Earls, Franchise Owner of The Zip Yard Limerick

Text by The Zip Yard