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What experience do I need to become an a la mode shoppe franchise owner?
Our ideal franchise owners are financially qualified, love people, families, and children, and are excited about our brand. You’ll need access to a prime location that meets our guidelines, hold shared values of the A La Mode Shoppe team – we sweat the small stuff! – and should have at least three years of business management experience, preferably in the food and beverage industry, as well as an understanding of the legal requirements and principles of operating a business. We’ll provide the training, tools, and guidance you need to start an ice cream shop and operate it effectively
What is provided as part of the a la mode shoppe franchise program?
We share everything we know – and add sprinkles on top! We are excited to provide everything you need to feel confident about opening your A La Mode Shoppe. We will provide you with seven to ten days of extensive training at headquarters or another location, about six to nine weeks before your targeted business opening. The training covers administrative, operational, and sales/marketing procedures, practical tips, and hands-on job training. This training will be provided for the franchisee and one other designated attendee. Next, we offer the on-site phase of our training program, typically beginning at (or shortly before) the opening of your store. Our trainers will help get you and your staff up to speed. This is typically completed within ten to 14 days. In addition, we will present you with a copy of our confidential operations manual to help you start an ice cream shop that’s primed for growth.
How much will the a la mode shoppe franchise program investment cost me?
The total initial investment necessary to begin operations ranges from $274,000 to $483,000 for a Flagship Shoppe location. For a Scoop Shoppe, the total initial investment necessary to begin operations is from $179,500 to $368,000. The initial franchise fees for either option range from $24,500 to $35,000. As with any new venture, it’s important to have adequate capital to fund the initial business growth stages.
Are there ongoing fees to pay?
We charge a royalty fee equal to 6% of weekly gross revenue. Franchisees will contribute up to 3% of gross revenue to the system marketing fund and are required to commit 1% to local marketing paid monthly, as well as a minimum of $5,000 for the Grand Opening. Collected marketing fees allow us to fund our ongoing support services and the continued development of marketing tools, recipes, training programs, and systems upgrades. For a full list of fees and other program details, please refer to our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
What is the term of the agreement?
The initial term of your agreement is seven years, with three subsequent successor agreement options of five years each.
How do I get started?
If you're interested in learning more about how to start an ice cream shop with A La Mode Shoppe, contact us at (718)-328-2300 or franchise@alamodeshoppe.com. We will discuss the possibility of setting up a meeting, speaking with our key team members, and receiving our FDD which contains all the important details you'll need to make an informed decision
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