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Papyrus is a custom printing and paper and printed products retail chain, family owned and operated, with the goal of becoming the premier destination and provider of personal expression and gift products in the Specialty Retail Channel. The word Papyrus comes from the earliest form of paper, crafted from the papyrus plant. In 2009, Papyrus moved well toward its goal with the acquisition of the American Greetings and Carlton Card retail stores, and creating a new corporate banner, Schurman Retail Group, becoming the leading privately held specialty retailer of personal expression products in North America.

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Papyrus custom printing shops are all about high-quality service and workmanship. The retail stores offer greeting cards, wrapping paper, stationery, invitations and journals, as well as a variety of desk accessories, pens and picture frames. Also, invitations and announcements for every type of occasion are custom printed in this all-in-one stop for printing and personal expression products. In 2000, Papyrus celebrated its 50th anniversary. Including Papyrus stores, the Schurman Retail Group has 500 retail locations across the United States.

Papyrus Custom Printing Franchise Opportunities – History

Papyrus was founded in the family kitchen of Marcel and Margrit Schurman in 1950. Inspired by a love of fine art, they had a vision for products of uncompromising quality as the starting point for genuine personal connections. Now, more than 60 years later, Papyrus has become part of the Schurman Retail Group, along with acquired retail brands Carlton Cards and American Greetings and Paper Thread. The Schurman Group is now under the leadership of Marcel’s and Margrit’s daughter, Dominique Schurman. The company is based in Oakland, California.

Papyrus Custom Printing Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Papyrus

Custom Printing Franchise Income

The franchise fee to open a Papyrus custom print shop franchise is $295,000. The total investment to become a Papyrus franchisee ranges from $270,000 to $465,000, with a minimum net worth of $400,000. Annual sales for Schurman Fine Papers and Papyrus Fanchise Corp. is between $25 million and $75 million annually.

Papyrus Custom Printing Business Opportunities: Other Information

Papyrus has strong belief in embracing all that life has to offer and promotes everyday living and joyful moments by facilitating visual statements and objects of beauty that convey a sense of self and punctuate the way the experience of life.

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