5 Key Reasons To Franchise Your Restaurant Concept

As a Franchisor, your income is not derived from the operation of a restaurant. The Franchisor’s primary revenue source is a royalty payment made by the franchisee to the parent company. Also, this royalty is paid on top-line sales, not bottom-line profit. As a Franchisor, your role is to help franchisees increase their sales and increase the number of operating units.

5 Key Reasons To Franchise A Restaurant Concept
By Gary Occhiogrosso Managing Partner – Franchise Growth Solutions

Suppose you have a proven restaurant concept with a successful business system. Think McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Applebee’s, or Halal Guys. In that case, your next move may be to open additional locations. Franchising your restaurant and awarding others’ the rights to use your brand name, recipes, and procedures is a great way to expand. Why do restaurant owners choose to franchise their business? For the most part, it comes down to capital, time, people, and geography.

Lower Investment To Grow Your Brand

You can add additional restaurants while at the same time, you minimize your capital investment. Becoming a Franchisor and using franchising as the method to grow means other individuals (franchisees) will pay a franchise fee to gain access to your brand. Also, the franchisee will fund building the restaurant and assume the location’s financial responsibility. According to Harold Kestenbaum, a Partner with Spadea Lignana Franchise Attorneys: “Building out company units can get very expensive. Having a franchisee invest their own funds not only saves the franchisor money but allows the franchisee to have skin in the game. This is crucial for the success of a franchise system.”

Exponential Growth

Building corporate restaurants is limited to your capital, human resources, and, in many cases, geography. However, when you franchise, your brand may be growing more rapidly and in multiple markets. Once ramped up, some franchisors open as many as 20, 50, or more than 100 new restaurants a year. Michael Einbinder, founding Partner of Einbinder & Dunn, states: “Franchising restaurant concepts allows for fast growth. If you expand your brand through franchising, the investment in new outlets come from franchisees. Critically, franchising gives you an opportunity to grow in multiple markets simultaneously.”

Owners vs. Employees

In many cases, the most challenging aspect of running a restaurant is; recruiting, training, and maintaining good employees. As the Franchisor, that effort rests with the franchise owner of the individual location. Unlike owning and operating corporate locations, it’s the franchisees that have “skin in the game,” and unlike employees, they usually do a better job. Also, they can’t just quit at will because they have a vested interest in the business, usually in the form of personal cash and loan commitments. Franchisor, Charles Watson, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe says: “Having franchisees who are aligned with your mission and willing to invest in their own success are critical for quality growth. You may not always have the same level of commitment from employees because their work does not impact their bottom line. Dedicated franchisees are often eager to execute the new initiatives that the franchisor rolls out systemwide to their local markets, which inevitably inspires guests to keep coming back to your concept, no matter what location is nearby. The franchisee/franchisor relationship is always evolving and is typically mutually beneficial.”

Residual, Royalty-Driven Income

As a Franchisor, your income is not derived from the operation of a restaurant. The Franchisor’s primary revenue source is a royalty payment made by the franchisee to the parent company. Also, this royalty is paid on top-line sales, not bottom-line profit. As a Franchisor, your role is to help franchisees increase their sales and increase the number of operating units. When done correctly, the Franchisor benefits, and the franchisee’s chances of higher profit through better operations and broader brand recognition are increased. The general public loves and trusts “Name Brands” and can sometimes be skeptical of the one-off mom & pop operations.

Better Selling Price At Exit

Suppose you’ve built your franchise company with reliable franchisees, a tight operating model, and strict enforcement of brand standards. In that case, the chance is a potential buyer will pay a higher price based on a multiple on your profits. All too often, non-franchised restaurant owners sell their corporate-owned restaurant chain at a price based on two or three times multiple of their bottom line profit. However, many investors, particularly private equity firms, are attracted to franchise companies whose revenue is driven by royalties.

According to Michael Einbinder: “Many franchisors build their concepts with the ultimate goal of creating value in the long term for an exit. In the last several years as private equity firms have become more involved in franchising, the trend has been that the multiples paid on franchisor EBITDA are higher than on company operations.”

Investment firms are often willing to buy based on a multiple double and sometimes triple that of an independent restaurant chain. Why? Because unlike profit earned by restaurant operations, royalty driven profit is virtually endlessly scalable. Franchisors usually have a lower operating cost with less overall risk compared to corporate-owned chain restaurant companies.

Closing Thought

Although each owner has their own reasons to franchise a business, these are the key motivators why restaurant owners franchise their concept. However, franchise companies are not without unique challenges. There are numerous other considerations, such as the cost to set up and maintain legal compliance, marketing & the cost of recruiting new franchisees, franchisee relations, and developing a unique skill set as a Franchisor. We’ll cover that other side of franchising in another article.

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Gary Occhiogrosso is the Founder of Franchise Growth Solutions, which is a co-operative based franchise development and sales firm. Their “Coach, Mentor & Grow Program” focuses on helping Franchisors with their franchise development, strategic planning, advertising, selling franchises and guiding franchisors in raising growth capital. Gary started his career in franchising as a franchisee of Dunkin Donuts before launching the Ranch *1 Franchise program with it’s founders. He is the former President of TRUFOODS, LLC a multi brand franchisor and former COO of Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille. He advises several emerging and growth brands in the franchise industry. Gary was selected as “Top 25 Fast Casual Restaurant Executive in the USA” by Fast Casual Magazine and named “Top 50 CXO’s” by SmartCEO Magazine. In addition Gary is an adjunct instructor at New York University on the topics of Restaurant Concept & Business Development as well Entrepreneurship. He has published numerous articles on the topics of Franchising, Entrepreneurship, Sales and Marketing. He was also the host of the “Small Business & Franchise Show” broadcast in New York City and the founder of FranchiseMoneyMaker.com Read Less

What You Need to Consider Before Opening Your Own Restaurant

The amount of work it takes to not only survive but also make an impact with a restaurant is massive. According to FSR Magazine, 60 percent of all restaurants fail in the first year. A restaurant that lasts for years takes humility. You must acknowledge daily how bad you are at restauranting, until one day you’re not bad anymore.

What You Need to Consider Before Opening Your Own Restaurant
The following is adapted from Unsliced.
By Mike Bausch

Opening a restaurant is a huge decision—one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. It’s hard work, full of risk and failure, and can be disappointing and frustrating. It can also be rewarding and fun, and if you do it correctly, can be profitable.

But you may have a 9-to-5 job right now that brings in steady income. How do you trade that for the uncertainty of the restaurant business? For most people, it’s not a trade they’re willing to make. To know whether you’re one of those people—or the type of person who should try their hand at restaurant ownership—here are few important considerations.

Two Types of People: Which One Are You?
First, look at the two statements below. Which one best fits you?

I am a person who tries hard, and the effort is what counts.
I am a person who likes setting my mind to things and accomplishing them.

At first glance, both seem like positive, motivational statements. But the second statement is actually better because the mindset is results-oriented. You’re focusing on a goal, and just trying hard and giving it an effort isn’t enough.

This means that when things get bad, you enjoy finding a way out of it. I’m pretty sure that being a glutton for punishment isn’t necessarily normal or healthy. However, it’s an essential trait of anyone looking to own their own business—especially a restaurant.

Owning a Restaurant for the Right Reasons
You may have decided to own your own restaurant hoping to become a celebrity chef. Or maybe you just don’t like your job and think owning a restaurant will be fun. If these are your reasons, then forget it. A restaurant is not the answer to your problems. It’s asking for a lot of new problems—problems you’ve never encountered or imagined.

The amount of work it takes to not only survive but also make an impact with a restaurant is massive. According to FSR Magazine, 60 percent of all restaurants fail in the first year. A restaurant that lasts for years takes humility. You must acknowledge daily how bad you are at restauranting, until one day you’re not bad anymore. That’s a lot for the average person to absorb.

Asking Yourself the Big Question
The restaurant life will affect your home life drastically. Restaurants sometimes destroy relationships and consume your mental health and quality of life. This life choice is a gamble—a gamble you might succeed in, in your hope to serve people food in an industry with a meager financial return rate and as I said, an extremely high failure rate.

If you haven’t committed to a restaurant yet, please pause and say this out loud:

“I need this; I need to own a restaurant. I don’t just want to own a restaurant. I absolutely need to do this. This is my calling. I got this, and nothing else will suffice.”

If that statement sounded stupid when you said it out loud, restaurant ownership isn’t for you. If you don’t believe what you said, you aren’t ready to do this. If you’ve never even operated or worked in a restaurant, then don’t assume for a second that you know anything. In fact, your best move is to concede you know nothing so you can be a blank canvas ready for paint.
Make the Best Decision for You

So what’s it going to be? Safety or risk? The same old routine or unpredictability? Don’t feel bad if you choose to opt for that cubicle job. It usually offers a lot less stress and heartbreak than opening your own restaurant. The world needs people in those office chairs.

But if you choose to be a restaurant owner, be ready for a roller coaster ride. Be ready for long days and nights, unexpected changes, and some lean times. But you knew that, or you wouldn’t have made that decision, would you?

For more advice on deciding to open a restaurant, you can find Unsliced on Amazon.

About the Author:
Mike Bausch is an industry leader whose restaurant, Andolini’s Pizzeria, is a top ten pizzeria in the US, as named by TripAdvisor, BuzzFeed, CNN, and USA Today. Andolini’s began in 2005 and has grown to five pizzerias, two gelaterias, two food hall concepts, a food truck, and a fine dining restaurant by 2019. Mike is a World Pizza Champion, a Guinness Book world record holder, and a writer for Pizza Today. Mike is part of a Marine Corps family who has lived across America from New York to California. Mike calls Tulsa home and lives with his wife, Michelle, and son, Henry.

This Week’s Top Picks – Emerging Franchise Brands

If you’re considering entering the world of “Self Employment” one of the best way to reduce risk is to purchase a franchise. A franchise affords you the opportunity to join a company with a proven business model and a track record of success. It’s better than “going it alone” …When you consider the number of “moving parts” connected with starting your own business, franchising makes all the sense in the world. You’ll get a business system along with the guidance and experience of the franchisor. Here are just three brands in our portfolio that are featured as our Top Picks this week.

By Gary Occhiogrosso – Franchise Growth Solutions
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Skinny Pizza franchise

* New Territories available
* Smaller retail footprint
* Lower cost of entry
* Great co-band opportunities

America has a real passion for pizza. Since the first pizzeria opened here in New York City in 1903, pizza has grown to the most popular food in America. An incredible 93% OF AMERICANS gladly admit they eat pizza at least once a month.

Our passion for pizza is staggering. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) indicates that pizza sales represent almost $38 BILLION IN AMERICA — over $100 BILLION worldwide. Where is our love for pizza heading? The trending is actually very clear.

The research firm Technomic® in their most recent “Pizza Consumer Trend Report” found that 41% OF AMERICANS say they would be happy to pay for healthier ingredients including ORGANIC TOPPINGS AND CRUSTS, as well as all-natural LOCALLY SOURCED ingredients.
What makes it SKINNYPIZZA®? We have spent years creating a thin pizza crust that has great taste and complements any topping. At the same time, we have carefully crafted our entire menu for those that are health- and environmentally conscious, as well as those that simply love great tasting pizza, salads and soups.

Our PIZZA CRUST is made with NO PRESERVATIVES or ADDITIVES. That alone is something that is incredibly rare, actually reserved to the top 1% of pizzerias. Our PIZZA SAUCE is made with 100% USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC tomatoes.

But the SKINNYPIZZA® concept does not end there. Along with the best tasting pizza you will ever eat, we have carefully developed our menu to complement our healthy approach to great Italian fast-casual dining.

To Learn More About SkinnyPizza Click Here https://www.skinnypizza.com/franchise.html


Ice Cream Franchise
It’s always a good day to…GOFER Ice Cream



Our Brand is based on the simple premise of selling high quality American Style ice cream in clean and inviting retail environments, without the use of gimmicks or catering to the latest ice cream fad.We focus equally on hard hand-dipped and premium soft serve ice cream products. Our menu also includes fat free treats like “Gofer Lite” and new innovations like Plant Based ice creams and “Gofer Bites”. We also feature ice cream cakes, party boxes, online ordering and catering options for multiple income streams.Our shops are bright and family oriented.

Warm welcomes by our staff are often accompanied by the smell of fresh made waffle cones, which are created several times a day.The concept, from a franchisee’s point of view, is to be a quick service and efficient operation. The system allows for a typical shop to function with minimal staff led by a motivated owner operator.

We support our franchisee partners through the entire process.
* Site selection
* Design and Construction
* Comprehensive training
* Grand opening
* Marketing Programs
* Benchmarking with industry experts

We teach you everything you need to know to open and operate your own Gofer Ice Cream shop.

To Learn more About This Sweet Brand Click Here: https://goferfranchise.com/

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Acai Express
Be in the Business of Better…
* Better for You
* Better for the Planet
* Better for Franchisees.


Our Beginnings

Not long ago, I was just like you. Smart, savvy, and tired of working hard for someone else’s benefit. I spent 10 years in the traditional restaurant business and knew the hard work I was doing could be made simpler with a system, made more enjoyable and less complicated, and better fit my lifestyle. My dream was to be able to put my experience to work in an easy and fun restaurant concept and support my family doing something I love. Acai Express is that.

When Passion Turned to Profit

I’ve always been an active guy who loved surfing and perfecting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in my native Puerto Rico, but finding healthy and delicious food on the go and at the beach was a challenge. So, I started selling my own homemade organic super food bowls and smoothies. I used only the freshest ingredients and the centerpiece of all my creations was the 100% organic Grade A acai berry, a rich anti-oxidant stone fruit that grows on trees in the Amazon river basin. I just knew then that it was packed with flavor and goodness, but today the acai berry is considered a benefit to all kinds of health and well-being: cognition, heart health, aging, and weight loss. My acai-based menu got so popular, I started adding to the menu and selling out of my own food truck. When the number of my trucks went from one to thirteen and were located throughout Puerto Rico, I knew I had a business concept that small business owners anywhere could use. And, one that could marry an active lifestyle and career with an appreciation of honest, organic and nutrient rich foods. That’s the best part of Acai Express for me. I was able to be successful on my terms without sacrificing my intrinsic values.

Join the Family
When you become a member of the Acai Express family, even though our system is simple and easy to follow, you’ll work one-on-one with me and my team of franchisees and employees to ensure your success. We’re not some faceless corporate giant, we are the guys who get it done, and like you, are committed to success. Because your success is our success. You’ll also benefit from our hard won knowledge of what works, how to market and what consumers want. And, you’ll be part of a healthy lifestyle movement that has quickly gone from trend to established consumer demand.

To Learn More About this LifeStyle Brand Click Here: https://acaiexpressfranchise.com/


Franchise Disclaimer
None of the communications on this website should be construed as an offer to sell a franchise. We will not offer any franchise for sale: (1) until your state has duly registered our franchise offering or duly exempted our franchise offering from registration, if your state requires registration or exemption; and (2) until we have duly delivered our franchise disclosure document to you in compliance with applicable law.

SUBWAY – A Bite Of The Sandwich From Both Ends?

According to a NY Times interview with Ms. Husler, she said her boss tasked her with specific instructions to find things wrong. “I was kind of his hit man,” she said. Ms. Husler went on to say that Mr. Patel considered his own interests when determining which stores were to be sent into arbitration.

A Bite Of The Sandwich From Both Ends?
By Gary Occhiogrosso – As seen in Forbes.com

Like a “Player/Manager” of a baseball team, there are often conflicts that never seem to settle and resolve. The recent news that Subway, and it’s “Development Agents” are allegedly “pushing out” other smaller Subway operators is not unlike the player/manager deciding to bench a good teammate so he can get more playing time. As a 35-year veteran of the franchised restaurant industry, I know I am not alone in my opinion. You can’t play both sides of the fence then expect not to run up against motives that may sometimes appear to be questionable.
Subway has grown to its behemoth size by employing a program whereby some franchisees are also sales agents and operational support personnel for the parent company. They are titled “Development Agents.” On the surface, it seems like a good idea. It seems to make sense to appoint brethren franchisees to help build out territory by recruiting new owners and then assist them in setting up their shops and growing their business.

Cutting the Sandwich Business Into Pieces
Subway divides its roster of sandwich shops into more than 100 regional territories. These territories are controlled in part by a development agent. The development agents are responsible for recruiting new franchisees and finding & approving buyers for existing shops. As compensation for this sales effort, they receive a portion of the upfront franchise fee for a new shop or transfer fee if it’s the sale of a current location.

Also, for a share of the company’s royalty fee, they are obligated to visit shops and conduct shop audits focused on operational compliance. This inspection task is carried out through the use of inspectors — known as field consultants. The question of conflict comes up when you consider that many of the development agents are also franchisees themselves. As this is the case, it’s hard to separate the idea of running their own shops, and be responsible for inspecting shops which directly compete with them. The question of motive grows more plausible when you add in the fact that these development agent’s shops are self-inspected by their own paid staff members.

Is Rapid Growth Always a Good Thing?
Consider the history of Subway’s voracious appetite for growth and the lack of exclusive territories granted to their franchisees. In my opinion, all franchised units regardless of the brand, should have a protected territory. These protections help prevent the parent company from encroaching on the trade area of an existing operator and hurting their sales. This protection is not the case with many Subway franchises. There is not exclusive territory protection. The location of a new shop is at the discretion of the company. So it should come as no surprise that the brand has overdeveloped in certain territories. These saturated markets are at a point of sales cannibalization. Mr. Deluaca’s dream of 50,000 Subways has now left some franchisees feeling like their local development agents are pushing them out of business to gain market share for themselves.

Case in point, as reported in the NY Times, Subway franchisee Manoj Tripathi felt that someone had a vendetta against him. The 20-year franchisee noted that each time the inspector arrived, she would find more and more minor infractions. Things like fingerprints on the doors or vegetables cut incorrectly or the wrong soap in the restrooms. On one visit, Rebecca Husler, the Subway inspector who worked for Chirayu Patel, a Development Agent in the Northern California region, noticed that a single light fixture needed a new bulb. Mr. Tripathi replaced the bulb before she left; nonetheless, it was a violation. Mr. Tripathi wasn’t overreacting to his feeling of being set up to fail, as it turns out within a year he was terminated, and he lost his shop.

According to a NY Times interview with Ms. Husler, she said her boss tasked her with specific instructions to find things wrong. “I was kind of his hit man,” she said. Ms. Husler went on to say that Mr. Patel considered his own interests when determining which stores were to be sent into arbitration. Mr. Patel made it “very clear that his stores were to pass” and that “the people he wanted out of the system were to fail out of the system.” she said in the interview. The light bulb incident gave her pause to say, “We’re ruining these people.”

Systemic or Isolated?
One of the people on the company side of this debate is Don Fertman. Mr. Fertman is Subway’s chief development officer and a veteran of the company for 38 years. He claims development agents owning restaurants helps give them “a better understanding of all aspects of owning a small business.” He went on to explain that the company reviews the agents’ work and expects them to uphold ethical standards, dealing with violations “on a case-by-case basis.” He continued by saying, “Our business development agents are well-respected members of our business community,” he said. “And when we hear these allegations, I would say that they are false.”

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My takeaway is not this stunning revelation of alleged unfair business practices, but instead that it’s taken this many years to consider that Development Agents competing with other franchises might abuse their position when auditing competing shops in their region. As a former franchisor and development consultant, I do see merit for brands to use the development agent system. I believe there needs to be a robust system of oversight by the parent company to prevent abusive business practices by development agents. This is not to say that Subway corporate hasn’t developed a system of checks and balances, but the allegations from its franchise community leave one to wonder how vigorously it is employed.

Given the number of Subway units in the USA, this may only be the beginning from Subway franchisees who feel Subway is taking a bite out their business.