When Rupal Patel-Ogle first discovered Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club, it was completely by chance. It happened a few years ago when her brother-in-law—who is a member—needed a ride home from his appointment. She walked inside and was immediately impressed with everything the brand had to offer, from its signature shaves and haircuts to its overwhelmingly friendly environment.
“It’s rare to see such a beautiful concept laid out for men. When you think of an upscale salon, you normally think of a spa that services women,” said Patel-Ogle. “That’s why I knew I wanted to be a part of the Kennedy’s brand. Its concept is completely unique in the industry, and its services are second to none.”
A few years after that first introduction to Kennedy’s, Patel-Ogle was ready to leave her job as a banker in corporate America behind and pursue business ownership as a franchisee. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, and as a result she reached out to Jay Hummer, CEO of Kennedy's.
“We had been in talks with Rupal for a while, so we knew that she was seriously interested in joining our ever-growing franchise system,” said Hummer. “We had no doubt that she would be ready to hit the ground running. We were right—since Patel-Ogle has taken over our stores, business has continued to thrive.”
Kennedy’s offers a traditional, all-inclusive barbershop experience for men and boys. The brand has brought back the fine art of straight-razor shaves and haircuts, and has created a line of premium grooming products for both members and non-member customers. Beyond its superior products and services, Kennedy’s also offers its local business owners a proven, simple and affordable business model. Future franchisees can expect their initial investments to range from $156,300 to $271,950.
It's that simplicity and strong potential for growth that’s inspired Patel-Ogle to continue expanding her business. Two months after taking over the brand’s corporate locations, Patel-Ogle has already bought development rights in Illinois, and is also planning to bring the brand to international markets when Kennedy’s goes overseas.”
“This is my second month as an owner and all I can say is I’m so excited about this opportunity. It’s evident that all of the people in Kennedy’s salons—from the barbers to the business owners—are extremely passionate about what they do. It’s not just a job for anyone involved,” said Patel-Ogle. “I have no doubt that the Kennedy’s brand will continue to grow both domestically and internationally, and I’m excited to be a part of that successful expansion process.”