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What Are My Start-up Costs?

A Young Chefs Academy franchise is an affordable and scalable business opportunity

Opening a Young Chefs Academy franchise is easy, and there are many options that can control your start-up costs. Size and location, for example! Our team will work with you to find the best real estate in your community. Some owners start with more than two kitchens at a location, or with more than one location, both of which create a faster path to profitability. Here is a breakdown of our start-up costs:

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment is to Be Made
Initial Franchise Fee $14,900 - $39,900 Lump Sum When you sign Franchise Agreement Us
Grand Opening Inventory $2,500 - $3,500 As Arranged As Incurred 3rd parties
Travel and living expenses for initial training $2,000 - $3,500 As Arranged As Incurred 3rd parties
Real Estate and Improvements $25,000 - $50,000 As Arranged As Incurred 3rd parties
Cabinets, furniture, fixtures, equipment and signs $25,000 - $45,000 As Arranged As Arranged 3rd parties
Office Equipment $2,400 - $3,000 As Arranged As Arranged 3rd parties
Supplies $500 - $1,000 As Arranged As Incurred 3rd parties or our affiliates
Grand Opening, Marketing and Advertising $2,000 - $3,000 As Arranged As Incurred 3rd parties
Deposits, business licenses, permits, etc $1,000 - $2,500 As Arranged As Incurred 3rd parties
Insurance (for 1 year) $1,000 - $2,500 As Arranged As Arranged 3rd parties
Professional Fees $1,000 - $3,000 As Arranged As Arranged 3rd parties
Additional Funds (for 1st 3 months) $18,000 - $27,000 As Arranged As Incurred 3rd parties
TOTAL $95,300 - $183,900

Other requirements include:

  • Living in the territory you wish to own
  • Being able to execute a franchise agreement within three months from the initial request for consideration to begin the qualification process.

Notice of available disclosure formats:

If you qualify as a franchisee prospect, we will furnish you with our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) in paper form unless you request an electronic copy by sending an email request to us. We will provide the paper form of our FDD to you in person if you visit our offices, or we will mail or courier the document to you at our cost.

We will provide the electronic form of our FDD to you in PDF format via email to the address you provide us.  You will need to have Adobe Reader software installed on your computer to open and view the PDF document, and a printer to print at least one receipt page.

You need to sign and date the receipt page and return the original to us via USPS or another delivery service, such as UPS or FedEx.

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