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FAQs

Who is the ideal Franchise partner?

Our ideal partner is some who is goal driven with a history of building successful teams or successful in prior business operations.

What is the initial investment requirement?

The initial investment requirement including the franchise fee, initial construction build out, and opening advertising ranges from $207,500-$337,000. There are a number of varying factors including décor, equipment, and finishing touches.

What is the franchise fee?

$35,000 for the first unit and $17,500 on all additional units

What are the royalty and advertising fees?

Royalty fees are 5% of Gross Sales. 1% of Gross Sales will contribute to the national brand fund. In addition, 1% to 3% of Gross Sales must be used for local advertising, internet, and social media marketing. If the Company establishes a Co-Op advertising campaign amongst a variety of regional franchises, a cooperative advertising contribution will be required. Each franchisee must spend a minimum of $3,500 for its Grand Opening Advertising campaign to promote their opening.

Do I need to have prior restaurant experience?

Prior restaurant experience is not required but it is preferred.

Do I need to work in my franchise as an Owner?

While we expect our franchisees to be actively involved in the operation of their businesses, it is not necessary that they are the manager of one of their locations. Typically, our franchisees sign up for multiple locations and hire restaurant managers to manage the individual locations. Then they manage the overall business.

How many employees do I need to hire?

Typically our locations only need 15 or so employees to be fully staffed. This is a combination for full time and part time employees. This is a very simple operation, and you can typically handle a line out the door with a minimal number of employees and give great guest service.

How large of a restaurant do I need to open?

The average space needed to run a franchise is between 1600-2000 sq ft. The restaurant can be constructed in a smaller location if necessary.

What states are franchises currently available?

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

How is our Fast Casual Model different?

Building an I Heart Mac & Cheese franchise is fairly simple compared to most fast casual restaurant concepts as there is:

  • NO need for a hood system in most municipalities
  • NO need for grease traps in most municipalities
  • NO need for gas lines since all of the equipment utilized in the restaurant is electric

The utilization of electrical equipment for cooking instead of fryers, gas stoves and other hazardous, fume or flame producing equipment allows for easier and safer operation as well as flexibility on choice of franchise location.