Iheartmacandcheese

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Learn More I Heart Mac and Cheese
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How to Become an I Heart Mac & Cheese Franchisee in 30 Days

STEP 1

Submit Inquiry Form and Download e-brochure

Today

STEP 2

Speak with Franchise Specialist

Within 24 Hours

STEP 3

Submit Franchise Application

2 Days

STEP 4

Review Application with Franchise Specialist

3 days

STEP 5

Receive and Review FDD with Franchise Specialist

5 days

STEP 6

Schedule Discovery Day with Franchisor

14 days

STEP 7

Sign Letter of Intent

16 Days

STEP 8

Become a Franchisee

30 days

How We Will Support You

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TRAINING

Our franchise owners and managers learn how to successfully operate a their franchise business through an intensive series of onsite workshops and hands-on training at our corporate training facility.

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MARKETING

We utilize social media and web presence to give franchise owners the advantage they need to succeed.

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GRAND OPENING

Our corporate team is always on hand during  grand opening events to help franchise owners in the early days of their new business

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SITE SELECTION ASSISTANCE

Out team helps franchise owners select the prime real estate location to maximize their brand awareness and projected income.

Our Numbers

TYPE OF INVESTMENT AMOUNT WHEN DUE

Franchise Fee

$35,000

Upon Signing Franchise Agreement

Real Estate/ Rent

$4,000-$7,000

As arranged

Utility Deposits

$1,000-$2,000

As incurred

Leasehold Improvements / Build Out / Permits

$75,000- $250,000

As incurred

Architecture Expenses

$15,000

As incurred

Insurance

$2,500-$6,000

As arranged

Office equipment and supplies

$500-$2,500

Before beginning operations

Pre-Opening Training Expenses

$1,000 -$3,000

Before beginning operations

Signage

$5,000-$8,000

As arranged

Furniture, Fixtures

and Equipment; POS

$70,000-$80,000

Before beginning operations

Initial Inventory

$5,000

Before beginning operations

Grand Opening Advertising

$7,500

Period spanning one month before and two months after opening

Business Licenses

$500-$1,000

Before beginning operations

Grand Opening Supplies

$3,000

Before beginning operations

Legal & Accounting

$4,000

Before beginning operations

Dues and Subscriptions

$100-$500

Before beginning operations

Audio/Visual/ Security System

$12,000-$15,000

Before beginning operations

Additional Funds

$10,000-$20,000

 

First 90 days of Operation

TOTAL

$251,100 – $464,500

FAQS

Who is the ideal Franchise partner?

Our ideal partner is some who is goal driven with a history of building successful teams or successful in prior business operations.

What is the initial investment requirement?

The initial investment requirement including the franchise fee, initial construction build out, and opening advertising ranges from $216,000 – $355,000. There are a number of varying factors including décor, equipment, and finishing touches.

What is the franchise fee?

$35,000 for the first unit and $17,500 on all additional units

What are the royalty and advertising fees?
Royalty fees are 5% of Gross Sales. 3% of Gross Sales will contribute to the national brand fund. In addition, 1% of Gross Sales must be used for local advertising, internet, and social media marketing. If the Company establishes a Co-Op advertising campaign amongst a variety of regional franchises, a cooperative advertising contribution will be required. Each franchisee must spend a minimum of $3,500 for its Grand Opening Advertising campaign to promote their opening.
Do I need to have prior restaurant experience?

Prior restaurant experience is not required but it is preferred.

Do I need to work in my franchise as an Owner?
While we expect our franchisees to be actively involved in the operation of their businesses, it is not necessary that they are the manager of one of their locations. Typically, our franchisees sign up for multiple locations and hire restaurant managers to manage the individual locations. Then they manage the overall business.
How many employees do I need to hire?

How many employees do I need to hire?

How is our Fast Casual Model different?

Building an I Heart Mac & Cheese franchise is fairly simple compared to most fast casual restaurant concepts as there is: NO need for a hood system in most municipalities NO need for grease traps in most municipalities NO need for gas lines since all of the equipment utilized in the restaurant is electric The utilization of electrical equipment for cooking instead of fryers, gas stoves and other hazardous, fume or flame producing equipment allows for easier and safer operation as well as flexibility on choice of franchise location.

How large of a restaurant do I need to open?

The average space needed to run a franchise is 1400-1700 sq ft or High Volume Areas: 1700-2000 sq ft. The restaurant can be constructed in a smaller location if necessary.

What states are franchises currently available?

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

We are adding new states as we are rapidly growing nationwide.

Contact our business development team to get an updated list.

Meet Our Franchise Partners

I Heart Mac & Cheese is a fast-casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches. Also, on the menu are lifestyle choices with quinoa, broccoli or cauliflower bowls, as well as gluten-free pasta. In 2019, the brand unveiled a new vegan menu featuring plant-based options through an official partnership that was launched with Beyond Meat®. The menu combines award-winning recipes resulting in a grown-up approach to this classic childhood dish.