When it comes to franchising, fast-casual brands may be some of the first that come to mind. A brand to consider is Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli. The fast-casual brand offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, homemade soups, fresh-baked cookies and more. Ideal candidates are bold and adventurous; actively participate in their business; have experience as a multi-unit franchise owner; have knowledge of the area you want to develop a location in; and are financially stable. There is wide open territory in the mid-west of the U.S. You will receive great support and training from beginning to end. You'll be assisted with site selection and lease execution. The franchisor also provides ongoing business consultations, new product introductions, brand awareness support, and training on new systems and initiatives. The franchisor is never more than a phone call away. The typical Moose location ranges between 1,600 and 2,400 square feet, depending on the location and potential guest traffic.
The total initial investment for a single Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli location ranges from $315,300 to $685,000, including the initial franchise fee of $35,000. For those who enter into an area development agreement, the development fee will be $35,000 for the first store, $30,000 for the second store and $25,000 for each additional deli. The royalty fees are 5%. The brand is focused on multi-unit franchise development but will consider a single location if the area only supports one unit. You'll be involved in the daily operations of the location. The only alternative is to have an operating partner with at least a 10% equity interest in the business.