Frequently Asked Questions

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What investment is required?
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The estimated initial development costs of a single restaurant range from $625,600 to $892,200, which includes the franchise fee but does not include the lease or purchase of real estate. You will need to demonstrate financial stability, with liquid assets available to devote to this project of $200,000 and an investment capability of $500,000.

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If I don’t meet the financial or operational criteria to become a franchisee, can I partner with someone who does?
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Yes.

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Does Souper Salad provide financing for restaurant development?
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No, Souper Salad does not provide financing. Souper Salad is registered with the SBA Franchise Registry, which expedites the processing of SBA loans should you decide to apply for SBA financial assistance. Souper Salad also has developed relationships with a number of lenders, both conventional and SBA, who are comfortable lending to our franchise restaurant owners.

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What are Souper Salad’s fees?
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The initial franchise fee is $30,000. Royalty fee is 5% of gross receipts and marketing fee is 1% of gross receipts.

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Who will find the site for me to develop?
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The franchisee, working with local commercial realtors, will locate and submit potential sites to Souper Salad for review.

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Does Souper Salad purchase the real estate on behalf of a franchisee, provide real estate lease or build-to-suit arrangements?
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No. The franchisee must lease the property. However, Souper Salad will provide site criteria and work closely with your commercial realtor to find a suitable site.

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How long does it take to open a Souper Salad restaurant from the time I am granted a franchise agreement?
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From the time the site is secured and ready for site work to commence, construction time is typically 60-70 days. Identifying the site, getting the site approval, and completing the property lease can be a lengthy process.

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Must I purchase my equipment from Souper Salad?
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No. Souper Salad does set the specifications for all fixtures, furniture, and equipment for Souper Salad restaurants. We partner with a national equipment and smallwares distributor, who can provide a turnkey experience. The franchisee may choose to purchase fixtures, furniture, and equipment from other sources, but all specifications set forth by Souper Salad must be met.

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Where do I purchase my menu items and other restaurant supplies?
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Souper Salad partners with a national or regional distributor that provides safe, timely delivery of all Souper Salad’s proprietary and nonproprietary food, fresh produce, paper, and cleaning items.

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Is previous food experience necessary in order to be granted a Souper Salad franchise?
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Yes. However, this experience may come from an operating partner.

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What training does the franchisee and restaurant management need to complete prior to opening the Souper Salad restaurant?
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The salaried General Manager must successfully complete a three week course in a company-owned certified training restaurant. All Managers must successfully complete the Souper Salad management training, and we highly recommend that the franchisee complete these courses as well.

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What type of ongoing operational support does Souper Salad provide?
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For the grand opening, Souper Salad provides a skilled team of trainers to assist the restaurant team. For the life of your agreement, ongoing support will be provided by a Souper Salad Franchise Business Consultant (FBC) through continued coaching, business reviews, and evaluation of the execution of Souper Salad’s standards for food service, facility conditions, brand image, and guest hospitality.

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What is the term of the franchise agreement?
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The term of the initial franchise agreement is 10 years with a 10-year renewal option.

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Is Souper Salad a publicly or privately held company?
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Souper Salad is a privately held company.

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