Smoothie Franchise Costs: 8 Investment Expenses to Expect

Premises and buildings that factor into smoothie franchise costs

Smoothie King is rapidly expanding and looking for passionate and dedicated entrepreneurs to help us continue to take our smoothie franchise to the next level! If you’re ready to get started and are wondering what goes into our smoothie franchise costs, we’re here to break it down for you.

There are many great reasons to own a Smoothie King. As the nation’s #1 health and fitness smoothie brand and the world’s largest smoothie brand, we have much to offer our franchisees when it comes to brand recognition and time-tested operations. We have the experience to fuel your investment, having seen same-store sales growth for the last decade. With over 1,350 locations and 100+ stores opening this year, we’ve designed our masterfully crafted blends to support our customers and our franchisees. 

We’re a brand with momentum. Our powerful strategy includes leveraging our brand recognition to draw lots of attention and customers to our leading product across the country and throughout the world. Our growing market share is driven by our focus on incredible guest experiences and incorporating our purpose in every step of the journey as we set our franchisees on the path to success.

Our company is maintaining our momentum by continuously meeting and exceeding our key performance indicators over the last ten years. We’re invested in our franchisees because not only are we in this business together, but we’re also passionate about working toward our shared goals.

We provide our franchisees with a well-conceived path that incorporates our time-tested business model; beneficial brand recognition; valuable resources, tools, and technology; and leading corporate infrastructure to continually improve their performance, simplify operations, and strengthen their loyal customer base. 

As the first smoothie franchise established in the US, we have more experience than our competitors, and we’re ready to help you leverage our expertise to start a thriving business of your own.

What’s Our Franchise Investment Cost?

To own and operate a leading Smoothie King franchise, you’ll have to meet our initial investment requirements. Investors must have a minimum net worth of $350,000 and a minimum liquidity of $150,000 with a 700 minimum credit score to open one store. 

Smoothie King franchise owners can develop one store for the franchise fee of $30,000. For an endcap or inline location, our investment ranges from $311,601 to $638,465. For a free-standing drive-thru location, you can expect to spend between $762,400 and $1,379,150. Depending on labor, location, varying store sizes, build-out costs and expenses, and your level of experience and management of the store’s development, your costs can fall on the lower or higher end of our estimated investment range. 

Some of the expenditures included in your investment include:

  • Initial franchise fee
  • Three months’ rental and deposit
  • Technology systems
  • Grand opening marketing
  • Insurance (first year’s premium)
  • Start-up supplies and inventory
  • Furniture, fixtures, and equipment; millwork and graphics
  • Additional funds for three months

We’ve spent the past several years laying the foundation for unit revenue growth by investing in areas we’ve chosen to support our growth. Our system-wide improvements aim to continue the upward momentum we’ve been building and make the experience worthwhile for our franchisees. We’re focused on lowering costs while keeping our product quality high with in-store technology, simplified store operations, and an enhanced guest experience.

What Do You Get When You Invest in a Smoothie Franchise with Us?

The Smoothie King franchise opportunity offers a starter kit unlike any other. We help franchise owners avoid the common pitfalls of starting a smoothie business from scratch by providing industry-leading advantages and resources. 

When you invest, you gain our invaluable resources that are designed to help you lead your customers to live healthier, happier lives while making a lasting impact on your community. As a franchise owner, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to open a smoothie shop with access to our world-class training, continuous support, and product development that comes with partnering with an experienced franchisor. We’re there for you every step of the way with real estate and construction assistance, comprehensive marketing services, easy-to-use technology, and a business model that’s been tested and perfected for 50 years. 

On top of that, we have a proven record of success, illustrated through consistently earning rankings as a top franchise opportunity by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times, QSR Magazine, Franchise Business Review, and other leading organizations.

Make a difference in your life and community, and take control of your future with a Smoothie King franchise investment!

Contact us today to learn more information about the smoothie franchise cost associated with Smoothie King and what goes into our franchise opportunity.


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