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May 19, 2011 - GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS, an aggressively expanding Mid-Atlantic dry cleaning franchise, recently announced its alignment with the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative (PAFI) as one of the organization’s most recent charter members.

Having already grown its successful chain to more than 28 locations on the East Coast, ZIPS alignment with PAFI represents an ideal approach to provide professional athletes with post-career business opportunities within its nationally expanding franchise system.

“This is a truly unique opportunity for us to engage with a top tier organization and provide professional athletes with the means to successfully launch themselves into their second career,” said Andy Cucchiara, Vice President of Franchise Operations for ZIPS Dry Cleaners. “We have the ability to provide a substantial and meaningful program geared not only at developing the bottom line dollars, but enhancing the athlete’s business knowledge, as well.”

Founded in 2010 by former NFL cornerback Michael Stone, PAFI is guided by an advisory board of iconic franchise professionals and chaired by franchise industry veteran Stan Friedman. PAFI provides a platform for professional athletes to explore the world of opportunities available within the franchise industry. It does so by providing education and information about the rules of engagement and by communicating the mutual responsibilities that are inherent in the franchise business model. PAFI’s goal is to bring awareness and synergy to both the professional athletic and franchising communities through education, research and interaction.

As a charter member, ZIPS will play an active role in the continued development of PAFI’s mission and goals, while its relationship with the professional athlete community continues to flourish.

“As proud supporters of this much needed national business initiative, we look forward to welcoming professional athletes into our system and watching their businesses grow,” Cucchiara added.

Recognized as “America’s One Price Dry Cleaner,” ZIPS’ successful business model is based on a concept revolutionary to the industry and clearly in high demand to today’s dry cleaning customer; dry cleaning that’s ready for pick-up the same day it’s dropped off – all for a flat-rate price of $1.99 that’s half the industry average. To date, ZIPS has saved customers over $400 million on their dry cleaning bills and consistently outperforms the competition.

For more information on ZIPS Dry Cleaners, please visit www.321zips.com.

About ZIPS

ZIPS, founded in 1996 and began franchising in 2006, has more than 28 locations on the East Coast. The company offers a fixed price of $1.99 for any garment to be dry cleaned and $1.19 for any shirt to be laundered. ZIPS offers same day service “In by 9 out by 5” with the motto, “.We take the sting out of dry cleaning.” Furthermore, ZIPS is a cash only business which helps keep the price down for consumers and thus provides a large amount of inventory on a constant basis for the franchise owners (which can average nearly 3,000 garments per day). With less than 10 percent of total costs going towards supplies and inventory, ZIPS is proving that it is a hot investment. For more information, go to www.321zips.com.

About PAFI

Founded in 2010 by former NFL cornerback Michael Stone, PAFI is guided by an advisory board of iconic franchise professionals and chaired by franchise industry veteran Stan Friedman. PAFI provides a platform for professional athletes to explore the world of opportunities available within the franchise industry. It does so by providing education and information about the rules of engagement and by communicating the mutual responsibilities that are inherent in the franchise business model. PAFI’s goal is to bring awareness and synergy to both the professional athletic and franchising communities through education, research and interaction. This goal will be realized via the involvement of athletes that are already successful franchisees, franchisors and franchise supplier members, all of whom play active roles in developing this niche group. PAFI membership is open to all International Franchise Association members that share common vision, values and ethics, and agree with the value proposition that PAFI serves up; that of taking the field with the next generation of franchise industry professionals: pro athletes. For more information, please visit www.thePAFI.org.

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