What Does it Cost to Own a Ben & Florentine Franchise?

A breakdown of the costs and fees associated with investing in a Ben & Florentine franchise

Ben & Florentine is ready to transform the American breakfast segment. As IBIS World reports, breakfast restaurants and diners are a $11.1 billion industry in the US Market Size in 2022. By offering a high-end, healthy and delicious all-day brunch menu that changes every six months, Ben & Florentine is the rare first-to-market franchise that is backed by a proven business model that has helped dozens of entrepreneurs realize their dreams of owning a thriving breakfast restaurant that becomes part of the daily fabric of their community.

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Since our founding in 2008 in Montreal, Canada, Ben & Florentine has grown to more than 55 locations, making us the second-largest breakfast franchise in Canada. As we expand into the United States for the first time, Ben & Florentine is excited to replicate our significant growth in Canada by welcoming American entrepreneurs with a passion for breakfast food, customer service and community to get in on the ground floor of the most exciting opportunity in the rapidly growing breakfast segment.

The total initial investment to open a new Ben & Florentine franchise ranges from $619,650 – $947,800*. Our low entry cost has grown out of our proven business model: restaurants in highly visible locations in retail settings, a support network that seeks to lower inventory costs, and industry-leading marketing support.

What do I get for my franchise fee?

As a Ben & Florentine franchisee, you will have the full support of Kahala Brands™ and MTY Food Group™. We run more than 70 brands, including Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry, and have more than 5,500 locations open in almost 30 markets. We specialize in helping entrepreneurs own restaurants, and our franchise owners have access to an immersive initial training platform, ongoing personalized training, an in-house marketing agency and more to help their businesses grow and prosper.

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To appeal to the nation’s ever-expanding appetite, Ben & Florentine is committed to ensuring that the brand always has something new to offer. Our R&D team is always investigating new food trends and products that will show up on your menu every six months. That’s right — we update the menu every six months! Not only does this help keep your guests excited about coming back, it also helps make marketing your restaurant easier, as you will have something new to promote twice a year.

What about financing?

To make the investment even more affordable for new franchisees, Ben & Florentine has relationships with several third-party financial institutions that may be able to help you with financing.

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What markets are available?

Ben & Florentine has prime territory available in markets across the United States.

What is our business model? Ben & Florentine specializes in serving suburban and urban communities with populations that have an above-average annual income. Restaurants are placed in highly visible retail settings, where people already visit frequently. Restaurant layout requires about 3,000 square feet, and we will work with you to help secure real-estate leases that keep ongoing rent costs low and help you secure prime locations in your community.

For a more in-depth look at costs and fees associated with opening a new Ben & Florentine franchise, please review Item 7 from our most recent Franchise Disclosure Document:

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment is to be Made
Initial Franchise Fee $35,000 Lump Sum At Signing of Franchise Agreement Us
Lease Review Fee $0 - $2,500 Lump Sum When you request review by Kahala Management's real estate department Us
Rent / Security Deposit (for 3 months) $12,000 - $30,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Landlord(s)
Travel and Living Expenses (2 persons) while training, not including salaries, if any, for you and your employees $2,500 - $5,000 As Incurred During Training Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, etc
Real Estate Note 2 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2
Architectural Fees (Plans and Consultants) $15,000 - $25,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Licensed and Approved Architect
Leasehold Improvements $312,000 - $468,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Contractors and Vendors
Restaurant Equipment, Furniture, Small Wares, Interior Signage and Menu Panels $125,000 - $180,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Vendors and Suppliers
Exterior Signage $9,000 - $12,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Sign Company
Computer Hardware, Software $7,000 - $20,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
PCI Compliance Costs $150 - $1,300 As billed by third party vendor As billed by third party vendor Approved Vendor
Opening Inventory (food and paper) $20,000 - $25,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
Business Insurance $1,000 - $5,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Insurance Company / Agent
Miscellaneous Opening Costs $27,000 - $55,000 As Incurred As Incurred Us
Grand Opening Marketing $10,000 Lump Sum Earlier of; prior to execution of a lease or prior to construction of premise Suppliers
Depository Account $3,000 Lump Sum; Must be replenished on a regular basis At signing of Franchise Agreement Your bank (We have the right to withdraw from this account)
Additional Funds - 3 month initial period $40,000 - $70,000 As Incurred As Incurred Us, Employees, Various Third Parties
Wine / Beer or Full $1,000 $500,000 As Incurred Government
TOTAL $619,650 - $947,800 (Does not include real estate costs and/or rent for the business location except for the initial security deposit)

*See our FDD for more information. The information provided here is only a summary of the information in the FDD. Your individual results may differ from our estimates for a number of reasons. You should review these numbers carefully with your business advisors.

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