Great Clips in the News Archive

Past news stories featuring Great Clips.

November 2015

Buzz Cut Challenge events raise more than $6,500 ( - In 11 cities across the country, hundreds of people accepted the Buzz Cut Challenge and said goodbye to their hair to raise money to support veterans, servicemembers and their families. 

Get a haircut, give a haircut to a veteran (WANE-TV) - Announcing Great Clips' third annual "You Can Thank a Veteran" campaign, which gives customers a meaningful way to thank a veteran in their life on Veterans Day. 

October 2015

Franchise Expert Says Great Clips a Top Ranking Franchise in 2015 ( - Great Clips ranks 37 on Entrepreneur's 2015 Franchise 500 list. Experts cite Great Clips' strong management systems, in depth training for salon staff, and manager-run business model as major highlights for the franchise.

September 2015

Lisa Colagrossi's sons surprised with visit to ESPN's "Mike and Mike' show (WABC-TV) - Great Clips surprised the son's of beloved New York news reporter Lisa Colagrossi, who passed unexpectedly in March, with a chance to meet their heroes - ESPN's Mike and Mike - as part of the #MoreMinutes campaign.

July 2015

Cosmetology instructor 'estatic' after winning car (The Mercury) - Bellus Academy instructor Evelyn Conway was the recipient of a new Chevrolet Cruz LS as a part of Great Clips' Cosmetology Educator Appreciation Month.

The long and short of it: An interview with Great Clips (Kim Co Realty blog) - An interview with Great Clips' President Steve Hockett about the company's success and future plans for expansion.

How this Great Clips CEO drove 42 quarters of consecutive sales growth (Smart CEO) - Four tips for successful business transformation from Great Clips' CEO Rhoda Olsen. 

June 2015 

Great Clips salon surprises young football player (WECT News) - A Great Clips salon in Mayfair surprised an eight-year-old boy with a check for $500 to help his family cover the cost of his football uniform, gear, and registration for the upcoming school year. #MoreMinutes

April 2015

Woman donates tickets to kids (Fox 4 Kansas City) - Great Clips franchisee Ruth Ann Grimsley donated opening-day Kansas City Royal's tickets to a family and was featured on the local news for her Great Deed™.

January 2015

Great Clips introduces New Commercial Spot (Modern Salon) - Q & A with Ann Latendresse, Great Clips' Director of Marketing, about the new Ralphpunzel commercial spots. 

Executive of the Year: Great Clips Inc. CEO Rhoda Olsen (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal) - Great Clips' Rhoda Olsen featured as the Executive of the Year, includes article and video.

December 2014

Great Clips, Periscope seek laughs and clicks with 'Ralphpunzel' (Star Tribune) - Coverage of Great Clips' new ad campaign featuring Ralphpunzel and his 17-foot-long train of hair as he uses Great Clips' Online Check-In app.

November 2014

Top Veterans Day Freebies and Deals (U.S. News & World Report) - Highlights Great Clips' Thank a Veteran promotion, which honors veterans with a free haircut on Veterans Day, or gives customers a way to thank a veteran in their life with a free haircut card to redeem by the end of 2014.

September 2014

Great Clips hits milestone after a close shave during polar vortex (Star Tribune) - Winter weather threatened to snap the company's streak of same-store sales growth just shy of the 10 year mark.

All in the Family for Great Clips (video) (Fox Business News) - Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen on why multi-generational franchises are good for business.

Great Clips: A Franchising Journey (InterBusiness Issues) - Dave Hands shares his journey to financial security by choosing the path of Great Clips franchising.

Snip, Snip, Hooray! (video) (Fox Business News) - Highlighting Great Clips as a recession-proof franchise, noting the company has seen growth for 10 straight years. View an additional video clip previewing the segment.

July 2014

A Great Look (Retail Merchandiser) - Report on Great Clips' significant investment in data and business intelligence, with advances like Clip Notes® and it's one-of-a-kind Check In app, to give the best customer service possible.

Kindest Cuts: Free Clips of Kindness for Cancer Patients (Caring Bridge Uplift blog) - Great Clips' newest Great DeedsTM program, Clips of Kindness, and how it came to be a company-wide initiative. 

Great Clips Aids Cosmetology Students with $1,000 Scholarships ( - The wildly successful 2014 Great Clipper Event drew 18,000 cosmetology students to local events at 1,000 schools. Great Clips awarded $1,000 scholarships to 100 lucky students who attended.

May 2014

Six Low-Cost Franchises with Great Growth Potential (Kiplinger) - Great Clips is highlighted as a prime franchise investment opportunity with continued forecasts for growth.

Revved Up (Post-Bulletin) - Winner of Great Clips' Greatest Weekend Ever sweepstakes, Gary Schumacker, shares his experience of being up close and personal at a NASCAR event and meeting Dale Earnhardt Jr.

April 2014

Introducing Franchising's Leading Women Executives (Franchise Update) - Rhoda Olsen, Great Clips CEO, is profiled as one of "24 Women at the Top."

March 2014

Twin Cities CEO Profile: Great Clips' Rhoda Olsen (WCCO-TV) - Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen discusses her keys to successful executive leadership for over 20 years.

February 2014

New Great Clips President Didn't Let Failed Salon Diminish Passion for the Brand  (Star Tribune) - President Steve Hockett rose from former owner of failed salon to president of the company.

Face Time: Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen  (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal) - Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen talks corporate culture, steady growth and the power of pancakes.

January 2014

Great Clips Plans At Least 250 New Salons in 2014  (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal) - Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen shares big plans for the company this year.

Great Clips Names New Executives (Women's Wear Daily) - Great Clips announces new executives, including President Steve Hockett and Chief Operating Officer Rob Goggins.

Great Clips Breaks $1 Billion Mark by Sticking to the Basics (MinnPost) - Great Clips passes revenue milestone by knowing what works for customers and doing it well.

November 2013

Gritty and Great: Candid Business Advice from Great Clips CEO (Star Tribune) - Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen gives business advice, provides insight, and shares personal anecdotes.

Great Clips Shows Appreciation For Veterans ("Fox and Friends") - Great Clips shares the details of the 2013 Veterans Day promotion, while local Great Clips stylists give free haircuts to veterans outside of Fox Studios in New York.

October 2013

Great Clips Seeks to Fill Positions in Twin Cities (Twin Cities Business) - Great Clips ranks third in Twin Cities for offering the most jobs in the month of September.

Great Clips Featured in Top 200 Franchise Systems in 2013 (Franchise Times) - Great Clips ranked 91st out of 200 Franchise Systems in 2013.

August 2013

Great Opportunities from Great Clips ("Fox and Friends") - Whether it's job growth, the latest and greatest in back to school trends, or the convenience of online check-in, Great Clips has it all this fall.

July 2013

70 Percent of Great Clips Online Check-Ins Happen via Mobile (Mobile Commerce Daily) - Checking in at your local salon has never been easier with the new Online Check-In app.

Need a Haircut? Step into the Virtual Waiting Room (York Daily Record) - Online Check-In saves Great Clips customers time they would normally spend in the salon.

Great Clips Introduces High-Tech Convenience (The Messenger) - Checking in online reduces wait time, one click at a time.

Great Clips Celebrates Major Digital Milestone with Online Check-In (PRWeb) - Revolutionary Online Check-In app is digital success story, bringing convenience to customers right at their fingertips.

June 2013

Greatest Hairstyles of All Time (Men's Health) - “Bed head” is the best men’s hairstyle of all time, while the “bowl cut” is the worst, finds a new national survey from Great Clips.

April 2013

Great Clips Gets Naming Rights to Target Field Seating Section (Sports Business Daily) - “Great Clips Great Seats” to be an exciting destination for group and single-game ticket purchasers.

March 2013

Great Clips Shaves Nonprofit's CEO's Head for Reaching Fundraising Goal (American Salon Magazine) - Great Clips stylist Juliana Lindsay shaved the head of President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) John Lauck to follow through with a bet he made with his corporate staff last year.

Rhoda Olsen of Great Clips (Beauty Store Business Magazine) - A fun Q&A profile of Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen.

February 2013

Win Money for Your Helpful Advice on Life's "Hairy" Situations (Yahoo News) - Great Clips Launches Social Media Campaign to Introduce Technological Invention called “Clip Notes.”

January 2013

Great Clips' Rhoda Olsen: Company CEO (and Mom-in-Charge) ( - A conversation with Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen, who is a strong supporter of career-dedicated women balancing their work-life schedules.

December 2012

At Great Clips, Smart Phones Give Brand Competitive Edge (

October 2012

Generational Growth at Great Clips (Star Tribune)

Great Clips Celebrates 30th Birthday with 30 Giveaways (

September 2012

Students Pull Businesses Out of Summer Doldrums

August 2012

Hair Dos: Guide to Your Baby's First Haircut  

Great Clips - Great Branding

Back-To-School Kids Hair Styles

July 2012

Great Clips Steps Up for Cut It Out

Great Clips Turns 30, Celebrates with Major Donation to Cut it Out

Great Clips Celebrates Our 30th Birthday!

June 2012

Business Ownership on the Site: Franchisees Keeping Their Day Job 

Great Clips Uses Data to Address Franchisee Discontent 

April 2012

Boost Business Love By Using Technology That Save Customers Time 

Matching Your Brand's Culture & the Best Prospect 

Hair Dos: Guide to Your Baby's First Haircut  

March 2012

Readers' Choice: Great Clips for Kids' Haircuts 

Sweet Fired Up for Home Debut 

Some Franchises Better Deals Than Others 

Great Clips: Cutting Edge 

Gaining Traction: Brad Sweet 

February 2012

Great Clips Rated #8 in AllBusiness' 2012 "All Star Franchise" Rankings 

January 2012

10 Resoutions for Entrepreneurs in 2012

December 2011

Great Clips Named AllBusiness AllStar Franchise

November 2011

Great Clips CEO Named "200 Minnesotans You Should Know"

Shop Around: Great Clips Bainbridge

Business Spotlight: Mercer Island Great Clips

October 2011

St. Louisan Opens Haircutting Franchises, Volunteers in Community

Where the Jobs Are: Great Clips

Franklin Man Opens Hair Salons in MetroWest

Breaking Up with Service Providers is Hard to Do

Great Clips Franchisee Makes Good in Bad Economy

From Modest Roots to a 3,000-Salon Franchise

New City Welcomes New Great Clips Salon

Online Check-In Clips Wait Times 

Hair Salon Franchisee's Timely Move

September 2011

Stylists Learning to Cut Out Domestic Abuse

Benefit Event for Hall County Sheriff's Deputy

Small Business, Big Innovation 

Behind the Counter: Great Clips

August 2011

Family Donates Hair to Charity

Hairstyling Community Helps with Fundraiser

Should I Open a Franchise? Advice from the Experts

July 2011

Great Clips Trims Wait Times

Franchisee Holds Great Clips Challenge

Hair to There

A Mullet Milestone for Great Clips

June 2011

Franchisee Spotlight: Inson Byun

No Waiting: There's an App for That

Bringing High-Tech Tools to Customer Service

Cy-Fair Man Retools Career in Style

Pros and Cons of Franchise Partnerships

Great Clips Opens in Menlo Park

May 2011

More People Use Apps to Make Appointments

Great Clips Going High-Tech With Interactive Shortcut for Wait Times

A Good Hair Day 

Emerging Businesses: Greenville Business Magazine

A Cut Above the Rest

Great Clips Salons Set Records to Raise Funds

Great Clips Opens Rochester Salon in Grand Style

Franchisee Spotlight: Dave Hands

April 2011

Great Clips Enters Schnucks Stores

Knoxville Great Clips Helps American Red Cross

March 2011

Haircuts That Make You Look Younger

Emerging Business: Jennifer and Scott Saunders

Take Two: Retired PETCO Exec Opens Great Clips Salon

Giving Your Kids the Business: Great Clips Franchisee Passes on Family Business

February 2011

Great Clips CEO Hands Reins to Sister

Quality, Convenience, Price

Help From the Inside

Franchisee Spotlight: From Horsepower to Haircuts

January 2011

40 Reasons to Buy a Franchise

Forbes Names Great Clips Top Franchise to Start

Great Clips President Rhoda Olsen Talks Family Start-Ups

Great Clips Named "2011 AllBusiness AllStar Franchise"

Jason Leffler Looks to Capture Coveted Prize in 25th Annual Chili Bowl

Great Clips Employee Named "Top Ten Titan"

December 2010

Hairstylists Provide "Great" Haircuts for the Holidays

Great Clips Provides Shear Kindness