The History of Cartridge World

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How it all started...

1988
Cartridge World, which was originally named Australian Cartridge Company, was founded in Adelaide, Australia by Bryan Stokes. Bryan saw an advertisement in the South Australian Advertiser that read, “Make $75 every 15 minutes refilling laser printer cartridges”, so he decided to give it a go…

1992
The company’s name was changed to Cartridge World and was brought into the franchise market when Bryan joined forces with Paul Wheeler. Together they planned the franchising structure of Cartridge World, and in 1997 the first Cartridge World franchise was sold. The second, third and fourth followed in rapid succession.

2000
Critical to the growth of the company was the decision to Master Franchise in early 1999, which enabled a significant expansion of stores worldwide. In 2000 the first international Master Franchisee was established in New Zealand.

2001
In February 2001, the first United Kingdom Cartridge World franchise was established in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.


2003
The first Cartridge World franchise in the United States was established in Orlando, Florida. The number of franchises in the US grew rapidly over the next year, with roughly one store opening per day.

2005
In August 2005, the company celebrated the opening of the 1000th Cartridge World store in Atlanta Georgia.

2007
In August 2007, an Australian private equity firm, Wolseley Private Equity, purchased Cartridge World. This independent New South Wales firm makes value-adding investments in well-established companies across a wide variety of industries.

Later in 2007 Cartridge World Headquarters relocated from Adelaide, South Australia to Emeryville, California. Headquarters still remain in the United States but have now been shifted to Spring Grove, Illinois.

Over the years, the network of Cartridge World shops has continued to develop and grow, and as a result there are now more than 1,450 stores worldwide.