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Smoothie King Initial Investment Requirements

What It Takes to Own a Leading Smoothie Franchise

The following costs are excerpted from Smoothie King's Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and are estimated. Each Smoothie King franchise owner 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, varying store sizes, build-out costs and expenses, and your experience and management of the store’s development.

Below are the financial requirements to open a Smoothie King in the United States:

  • Investment Range:
    • Endcap or inline location: $263,550- $531,535
    • Free-standing Drive-thru location: $579,100-$844,485
  • Minimum Net Worth (1 Store): $300,000
  • Minimum Liquidity (1 Store): $100,000
  • Minimum Credit Score: 700

Avoid the Pitfalls of Starting from Scratch

Smoothie King offers a starter kit unlike any other, allowing you to embrace your entrepreneurial spirit and forego many issues even the best businessmen face when trying to start an operation from scratch. We offer the support and training of an industry-leading brand and more experience than any other Smoothie franchise. With our invaluable resources, your desire to help consumers live healthier, happier lives, and our combined passion for Smoothie King, we can rule the day as we change lives for the better.

End-Cap Or In-Line Location

Types 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 $263,000 $531,535

Free-Standing Drive-Thru Location

Types 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 $20,000 $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, 2019; as amended May 11, 2019 for additional information

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