With millions of Americans eating pizza at least once a week, opening a pizza franchise is a tasty investment. Not to mention, the industry is worth over $45 billion, according to the Pizza Power Report. An emerging pizza franchise to consider is Antioch Pizza Shop. The pizza franchise was established by high school sweethearts, Art and Karen Wicklein. With corporate and marketing backgrounds respectively, they had the yearning for something more. With passion and community, they established Antioch Pizza Shop in 1977 in Antioch, Ill., and only began franchising in 2016. Over that time, the pizza franchise has expanded to several locations across Wisconsin and Illinois. As a franchisee, you benefit from a family-like culture and support and training. You have access to a brand website, marketing tools, pre-designed menus, and more. The franchisor also provides site selection guidance; design and equipment guidelines; on-site training; and planning and ordering support. This support and training is ongoing. The ideal candidate is passionate, community-oriented, and aligns with the brand's vision and mission.
As a franchisee, you will be able to give back to the community. Antioch franchisees support churches, sports teams, schools, and more. According to the company's data, Antioch Pizza Shop raises more than $50,000, helps more than 700 organizations a year, and hosts over 250 fundraisers a year. In terms of an initial investment, you can expect it to range from $167,000 - $535,500 for a single location. This includes a $35,000 initial franchise fee. Royalty fees are 5%, and advertising fees are 1%. In-house and third-party financing options are available to fund your business.