franchising FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions – General

Q: How much does a Smoothie Factory cost to open?
A: : Smoothie Factory offers three different types of stores: Express, Traditional, and Deluxe. The types of stores are classified according to square footage and nutritional product inventory levels. The majority of all Smoothie Factory stores are Traditional and are usually opened with a total cost of $175,000USD – $215,000USD. However, each location is unique and may be lower or higher than this cost. Depending on the location selected, the cost of an Express store can be opened with a total cost of $70,000USD – $90,000,000USD.

Q: How much money can I make?
A: Profitability depends on many factors including operating and occupancy costs, financing terms and most important, your ability to operate the business effectively.

Q: Is there an opportunity to open more than one Smoothie Factory?
A: Smoothie Factory is seeking individuals who are capable of operating multiple locations. Candidates who have successfully operated multiple businesses may be suited to operating several Smoothie Factory franchises. Additionally, owner-operators who have successfully operated their first Smoothie Factory store will be eligible for growth.

Q: What is the availability of a Smoothie Factory in my area?
A: The availability of a store in specific areas will be discussed during your initial interview.  Currently, Smoothie Factory is franchising in all states.  Smoothie Factory is also franchising entire geographical areas to Area Directors that are qualified and internationally to Master Franchisees.

Q: What is an Area Director?
A: Area Directors represent the highest level of franchise involvement and commitment. An Area Director’s relationship with the company is that of an independent contractor who agrees to develop and support a specified number of Smoothie Factory stores within a geographical area.

Q: Does Smoothie Factory offer financing?
A: While Smoothie Factory does not offer financing, we may put you in contact with several lending institutions that are familiar with the Smoothie Factory Brand.

Q: How much are the ongoing fees (royalties)?
A: A monthly fee based upon the store’s sales performance (currently a royalty fee of 5.0% of monthly sales).