AlphaGraphics is a franchised chain of more than 260 independently owned and operated full-service print shops. AlphaGraphics business centers are franchised by AlphaGraphics, Inc. , part of the UK-based Pindar Group. AlphaGraphics was founded by entrepreneur Rodger Ford in Tucson, Arizona, in 1969, and began franchising in 1979. In 1985, the company became the first desktop publishing retailer. By the late 1980s, AlphaGraphics became the first U.S.