Summer is almost officially here and the Fourth of July is a little over one month away meaning Americans all across the nation will be flying their Stars and Stripes proudly in the sun.
With the harsh weather conditions that this country sees in many states, there are a number of flags that have seen better days.
What many people don’t know is that there is a company that offers a solution to those whose flags need some TLC.
Zips Dry Cleaners, a company based in Maryland, will clean and tailor your American flag for free year-round. It’s a tradition that started when the company was first founded over 20 years ago.
“The people that founded Zips are still active in the business today and one of their guiding principles was always to fly the American flag and be proud of it and also offer, at any point in time, to clean the American flag for free,” said Drew Ritger, CEO of Zips.
Fixing and cleaning American flags is just one of many things the company does to pay tribute to the country and our service men and women. Zips also gives US military veterans a 20% discount on the licensing fee to open a franchise.
“It’s really a way to honor our veterans as they come out of fulfilling their service and want to come into a different career,” said Ritger. “We’re going to do everything possible to help them be successful.”
Zips was founded in 1996 after a group of independent dry cleaners decided to come together and form their own business. The company uses a one-price-for-all plan where the customer is charged $2.29 no matter the size of the garment.
The company has more than 50 stores in six states, with new locations in Oregon, Indiana, and Florida expected to open soon.