Great Clips

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Great Clips
Type Private
Industry Hair salon
Founded 1982
Headquarters Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.
Key people Ray Barton (Chairman of the Board)
Rhoda Olsen (CEO)
Steve Hockett (President)

Great Clips is a hair salon franchise in the United States and Canada with over 3,000 locations across the United States and Canada.[1] It is headquartered in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2010, it had system-wide sales of $850 million.


Great Clips salon in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The first Great Clips salon opened near the University of Minnesota campus in 1982. The first franchised Great Clips salon opened in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota in 1983. The company grew from 150 franchised salons in 1988 to 1,000 by 1997, 2,500 by 2006, and 3,000 five years later.[2][3]

The current Chairman of the Board, Ray Barton, began working with Lemmon and Rubenzer in the fall of 1982 and became part owner and CEO in March 1983. Barton bought out Lemmon and Rubenzer in 1997 and is currently the majority owner.[4]

In 2011, Rhoda Olsen was promoted to CEO and Charlie Simpson was promoted to President.

Also in 2011, Great Clips launched Online Check-In, the industry's first real-time check-in application, allowing customers to check wait times and add their name to the wait list before they visit the salon.[5]


  1. ^ "Clipping along". Star Tribune. August 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Great Clips is moving at a rapid clip toward its goal of 3,000 salons". Star Tribune. March 11, 1998. 
  3. ^ "Salons galore: U.S. has 165,000 shops that care just for hair". Winston-Salem Journal. May 21, 2006. 
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  5. ^ Horowitz, Bruce (2011-05-31). "More people use apps to make appointments". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 

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