In this Salute to American Success, we’re taking a look at Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids, and franchisee-turned-franchisor Neal Courtney. This company features neon lights, playgrounds and motorcycle, airplane and race car-style “fantasy chairs” in its salons.

Courtney, the former COO and CEO of Famous Brands International (parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies), was introduced to Cookie Cutters through a neighbor’s recommendation. After taking his child to a local Cookie Cutters salon, Courtney decided to fill out a franchise application online, and went on to buy that same store.

According to Courtney, within three years, he had five locations open. Eventually, he bought more locations and the rights to the Western region of the U.S. When sales dropped in 2008, Courtney sold three salons.

In December 2014, after being a franchisee for nearly a decade, Courtney acquired the Cookie Cutters brand, and relocated the company’s headquarters to Salt Lake City.


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