PPFMag has tracked the industry’s expansion in production and distribution capacity both domestically and globally, including some major projects completed in the last year. That new film supply has to end up somewhere—and a lot of it is going to new franchise locations for paint protection film. Our research department mapped the U.S. locations out, unveiling takeaways that emerge from the visual data.

In the above interactive map, you can click on the colors to see all or none of the franchises’ locations. NOTE: Tint USA and CoolVu do not provide paint protection film services.

 

Here are five takeaways:

  • Atlanta is Hotly Contested

Atlanta is the only metro area with active franchises from every franchisor. Add these to legacy tinting brands like the Tint Guy, and other longtime businesses, and it makes for a competitive landscape. Almost every franchise, barring Black Optix Tint, also has a location in the Raleigh, North Carolina metro, which counts itself the second-fastest growing urban area of the past decade. Given its growth and location relative to Black Optix’s Virginia headquarters and regional franchise cluster, I would expect to see them in the Raleigh region before too long.

 

  • Regional Differences

The East Coast is a lot more saturated with franchises than the West Coast. Almost all of the franchises are based there, except for Turbo Tint, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City. The West Coast has no shortage of tint shops and new franchise locations would be met with heavy competition.

 

  • Tint World is Dominant

It’s no surprise that the franchise that’s been in business the longest also has the most comprehensive geographical reach. Tint World (in black) was founded by Charles Bonfiglio in 1982 and started franchising in 2007. With more than 100 locations, including the just-announced San Rafael outpost, and a new partnership with XPEL, this franchise only continues to spread nationwide and globally.

 

  • Other Franchises Are Gaining Ground Fast

Black Optix Tint (in red) has grown by 178% in the last year, primarily on the east coast, and Turbo Tint, in orange, also has been growing quickly and has 38 locations under development according to a company representative. 

 

  • Missing and Underserved Markets

While there are surely dozens of privately owned window film companies in Minneapolis, Boston, Reno, Nevada, Cleveland, Ohio, and Portland, Oregon, no chains have popped up in these territories as of yet. Tampa and St. Petersburg are also missing a franchise of any sort, though the greater metro area has two and local competition there is already fierce. Decent-sized metro areas also without franchises include Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Rochester New York, Portland, Maine, Burlington, Vermont, Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island.

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