Since 2001 we have been making it easy to join our family of Lunch Lady franchise partners. Our corporate support team will guide you through the process from initial interest to “open for business”. We continue to provide consulting and guidance on a regular basis. That’s what families do, right?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How much is the Franchise Fee?
The Lunch Lady Franchise Fee is currently $25,000 CDN + applicable taxes.
What does this Franchise Fee include?
The Franchise Fee includes an extensive and intensive two-week training program, start-up support, assistance with lease/site selection and kitchen set-up, network training as well as use of the Lunch Lady name and all associated branding and operating systems.
Does the Lunch Lady provide financing?
Are there any other ongoing Royalties and other fees?
Royalty Fees are 8% of Total Gross Sales for on-going support. There is also an Ad Fund of 1% of Total Gross Sales used for branding and promotional activity.
Are there other start-up expenses?
Franchisees are responsible for all expenses related to outfitting a functional, commercial kitchen and start-up cash flow.
As it can take time to build a customer base and get enough schools on board during the first year, we recommend that you have a cash flow of at least $25K readily available to market and grow your business.
Do you need food service experience to succeed?
While experience in the Hospitality industry is helpful, it is not essential. Creating a successful Franchise depends on effort, good organization, effective management and attention to Customer Service.
Can you operate this business from your home?
Food delivered to schools must be prepared in an inspected commercial kitchen facility. However, franchise owners may choose to stay home to do administrative tasks so long as there is a kitchen manager handling the food production daily.
How many schools does each Franchisee service?
A viable franchise will have access to an Elementary School population of approximately 10,000 students. Since school size varies from region to region, there is no set number of schools. A new Franchisee begins typically with one or two schools and builds the business gradually.
What is the term of the Franchise Agreement?
The initial term is 10 years, with the option to renew for an additional 5-year term.
Is this business for you?
This business is ideal for someone who enjoys working with kids, parents and the Community. It is well suited for someone who would like a more flexible lifestyle.
What else is required to get started?
We require an initial franchise fee of $25K, with an estimated start-up cost of $50K-$125K to set up a commercial kitchen for Lunch Lady operations. A Lunch Lady Franchise owner must be outgoing, fun, and carry management and business experience.