Card$mart is America's first and only national discount card and gift shop chain. Card$mart licensed stores provide customers with a unique shopping experience filled with quality product at value prices.

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CARD$MART Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Card$mart is America's first and only national discount card and gift shop chain. Card$mart licensed stores provide customers with a unique shopping experience filled with quality product at value prices.

For more than 20 years, Card$mart has been the only national brand of card and gift shops to offer the 50% off Every Card Every Day concept successfully. When you join our network of independently-owned Card$mart shops, you join a community of passionate entrepreneurs who are excited about the future.

By becoming a Card$mart licensee, you automatically become part of a dynamic sales and marketing team. This concept has a proven success formula and a national brand that is recognized for quality and value. From helping you evaluate the perfect location to planning your grand opening celebration, we provide you with the essential support and network to become a successful Card$mart business owner.

Company Details

Established: 1996
First Unit: 1996
Units: 65
Company Owned Units: 0
States Registered In: All
Canada Franchises: Yes
International Franchises: No

Support and Training Offered By CARD$MART

Financial Assistance Provided: No
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Recruiting Assistance: No
Co-Operative Advertising: Yes

Training: Yes

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a CARD$MART Franchise.

What does a CARD$MART Franchise Cost?

CARD$MART franchise fees for 2024:

Cash Investment: $60,000
Total Investment: $150,000
Minimum Net Worth: $300,000
Average Number of Employees: 5
Passive Ownership: No
Home Based: No
B2B: No
Veteran Discount No

Is CARD$MART a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. CARD$MART is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is CARD$MART a Home Based franchise?

No. CARD$MART is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do CARD$MART Franchise Owners Make?

This information is not available. CARD$MART does not offer an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document.

Is CARD$MART a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. CARD$MART is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does CARD$MART Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. CARD$MART franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Does CARD$MART Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

No. CARD$MART franchise does not work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is CARD$MART Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. CARD$MART franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is CARD$MART Looking for International franchisees?

No. CARD$MART franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see CARD$MART's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Retail, Business Opportunities, Licensing Agreements, Non Food Franchises

Number of Units Open

50-100 UNITS

Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

Master Franchise


Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


CARD$MART Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing CARD$MART franchises for sale. We may have CARD$MART franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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