Famous Sam's Franchise

'Eatertainment' restaurant and sports bar

In Tucson, Arizona, in 1963, Sam Schantz opened a small neighborhood bar called 'Sam's Tavern.' Serving overstuffed pastrami and ham sandwiches, Sam's Tavern kept customers entertained with pool tables, pinball machines and television. In February 1987, Sam's Tavern incorporated as Famous Sam's Corp., and franchising began the next year. In 1997, Famous Sam's Inc. was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary, and company headquarters moved to Phoenix. Famous Sam's Restaurant/Sports Bars offers reasonably priced casual dining with 'Overstuffed/Oversized' sandwiches and a full bar. Restaurants feature televisions tuned to sporting events and the 'National Trivia Network,' inviting guests to play trivia games. Game areas include pool tables, darts and video games.

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The investment required to open a Famous Sam's Franchise is between $586,000-$1,200,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $30,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Famous Sam's name.

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    20 years

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Famous Sam's News & Press Releases

When did the first Famous Sam's open? 1979
When did Famous Sam's start Franchising? 1989

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2004 29 0 0 0
2003 30 0 0 0
2002 31 0 0 0
2001 30 0 0 0
2000 34 0 0 0

United States: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada,

Expense In-House Third Party
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Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

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46% of all franchisees own more than one unit

100% of current franchisees are owner/operators

Business Experience:

  • General business experience
  • Industry experience preferred, not required; strong management background

  • Your income potential as a Famous Sam's Franchise entrepreneur depends vastly on many factors. As an entrepreneur, the goals to achieve are related to expanding sales while lowering your operation costs and increasing the quality of your products and or services. Each month your operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage / rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items. From one month to the next, you may find your costs fluctuate, but your up-front costs are, for the most part, fixed and they will cover most of the initial setup of equipment, signage and renovations.

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