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Initial Investment Requirements

The following costs are excerpted from Smoothie King's Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and are estimated. Each Smoothie King franchisee has the right to initially develop one store for the franchise fee of $30,000. The difference between low and high investment levels exists due to labor, location of the store, varying store sizes, build out costs and expenses, and your experience and management of the development of the store.

The financial requirement to open a Smoothie King in the United States:

  • Investment Range:
    • End-cap or inline location: $263,550- $631,535
    • Free-standing Drive-thru Location: $579,100-$844,485
  • Minimum Net Worth (1 Store): $300,000
  • Minimum Liquidity (1 Store): $100,000
  • Royalty Fee: 6% of monthly gross sales ($500 minimum per month)
  • National Marketing Fee: Currently 3% of monthly gross sales

End-Cap or In-line Location

Type of Expenditures Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $25,000 $30,000
Three Months' Rental & Deposit $3,000 $40,000
Technology Systems $11,000 $14,000
Grand Opening Marketing $15,000 $15,000
Travel and Training Expenses $2,700 $6,000
Insurance (First Year's Premium) $3,500 $7,500
Other Prepaid Expenses $1,000 $2,500
Start-Up Supplies, Inventory $16,000 $22,000
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment, Millwork and Graphics $64,350 $96,285
Architectural & Engineering Professional Services $3,500 $14,500
Signage $7,000 $14,000
Leasehold Improvements $95,000 $205,000
Legal, Accounting & Organizational Costs $500 $4,000
Miscellaneous Costs $1,000 $5,000
Drive-Thru $0 $30,750
Additional Funds -- 3 Months $15,000 $25,000
Total $263,550 $531,535

Free-Standing Drive-Thru Location

Type of Expenditures Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $25,000 $30,000
Three Months' Rental & Deposit $3,000 $40,000
Technology Systems $11,000 $15,000
Grand Opening Marketing $15,000 $15,000
Travel and Training Expenses $2,700 $6,000
Insurance (First Year's Premium) $3,500 $7,500
Other Prepaid Expenses $14,700 $29,400
Start-Up Supplies, Inventory $16,000 $22,000
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment, Millwork and Graphics $64,000 $96,300
Architectural & Engineering Professional Services $42,000 $52,000
Signage $28,000 $38,000
Leasehold Improvements $312,700 $428,535
Legal, Accounting & Organizational Costs $500 $4,000
Miscellaneous Costs $1,000 $5,000
Drive-Thru $25,000 $30,750
Additional Funds -- 3 Months $15,000 $25,000
Total $579,100 $844,485

Note:
The above costs are estimates only and will vary by location. Additional development costs may be incurred if you are engaged in developing multiple locations at the same time. Please refer to the Smoothie King FDD with an issuance date of April 29, 2016; as amended May 11, 2016 for additional information

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