Maryland-based franchisers

April 08, 1992

The following Maryland companies, which represent about half the Maryland companies expanding by franchising, will take part in the International Franchise Expo in Washington this weekend, according to the International Franchise Association.

The expo will be held 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Washington Convention Center. Tickets are $15 at the door, $25 for all three days.

Parcel Plus

Annapolis, (410) 266-3200

Established: 1986

Company-owned units: 4

Franchised units: 51

Specializes in packaging, mailing, business support services and big-cargo shipping.

Franchise fee: $15,500

Initial investment: $50,000 to $60,000

Chief executive: David Campbell

Decorating Den Systems

Bethesda, (301) 652-6393

Established: 1970

Company-owned units: less than 12

Franchised units: 1,200

Geographic range: International

Home decorating services and products, offered by professional decorator, brought to the customer's home or business in a specially equipped van.

Franchise fee: $8,000 to $18,000

Initial investment: $18,000 to $28,000

Chief executive: James S. Bugg

A Choice Nanny

Columbia, (410) 730-2356

Established: 1983

Company-owned units: 2

Franchised units: 30 awarded, 24 open

Geographic range: 9 states

Computerized nanny referral service that matches families with caregivers for children or elderly parents.

Franchise fee: $24,900

Initial investment: $40,000 to $50,000

Chief executive: Jacqueline F. Clark

General Business Services

Columbia, (410) 290-1040

Established: 1962

Company-owned units: 0

Franchised units: 400

Geographic range: National

Trains management, business and tax counselors serving small business owners and professionals on a continuous basis.

Franchise fee: $19,500

Initial investment: $19,500 plus year's living expenses

Chief executive: Robert Pertle

Signs By Tomorrow

Columbia, (410) 992-7192

Established: 1986

Company-owned units: 2

Franchised units: 19

Geographic range: 8 states

One-day delivery of computer-generated signs for businesses.

Franchise fee: $17,500 (first), $12,500 (subsequent)

Initial investment: $40,000-$60,000

Chief executive: Joe McGuinness

Sandler Systems

Stevenson, (410) 653-1993

Established: 1967

Company-owned units: 0

Franchised units: 76

Geographic range: 35 states

Provides sales and sales management training for businesses, using a proprietary system.

Franchise fee: $30,000

Initial investment: $30,000 plus three months' living expenses

Chief executive: David Sandler

All Tune and Lube

Millersville, (410) 621-7779

Established: 1985

Company-owned units: 1

Franchised units: 264

Geographic range: 29 states

Tune-ups, engine performance work, preventive maintenance and other automotive services.

Franchise fee: $22,500

Initial investment: $119,000

Chief executive: Thomas B. Howell

Botanical Environments

Fort Washington, (301) 248-4222

Established: 1989

Company-owned units: 16

Franchised units: 1

Geographic range: N.A.

Interior "plant-scaping" for businesses.

Franchise fee: $20,000

Initial investment: $30,000 to $40,000

Chief executive: Mark Fisher

Candy Express

Silver Spring (301) 587-5500

Established: 1988

Company-owned units: 1

Franchised units: 32

Geographic range: U.S. and Canada

Retail candy and confections, offering more than 1,000 items in each store.

Franchise fee: $25,000

Chief executive: Joel Rosenberg

Boardwalk Fries

Ellicott City, (410) 465-5020

Established: 1981

Company-owned units: 10

Franchised units: 70

Geographic range: 22 states

Fast-food: carry-out french fries, hamburgers, barbecue, hot dogs, fresh-squeezed lemonade and other items.

Franchise fee: $20,000

Initial investment: $150,000

Chief executive: Dave Diferdinando

Choice Hotels International

Silver Spring, (301) 593-5600

Established: 1939

Company-owned units: 13

Franchised units: approx. 2,800

Geographic range: International

Largest franchised hotel chain in the world, operating under seven names including Sleep Inn and Quality Inn.

Franchise fee: Average is 7 percent of revenue

Initial investment: $500,000-up (new hotel)

Chief executive: Robert C. Hazard, Jr.

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