Tapioca Express Franchise

Tapioca & milk tea beverages

Wayne and Stephanie, passionate about their Taiwanese heritage, opened
the first Tapioca Express store in the San Gabriel Valley in 1999 �" one
of the very first boba chains in the United States. Since the beginning,

Tapioca Express has harvested the finest ingredients from Taiwan and
continually provides quality teas, boba, and snacks. However, we did not
foresee that boba’s popularity would manifest into its own culture and
become an everyday lifestyle. Today, Tapioca Express expands across
California and into other states, including Washington, Texas, and
Virginia. In our two decades of experience in brewing, we focus on
nurturing and enriching communities with the finest teas, coffee, and

Tapioca beverage is a various combination of black or green tea, milk, juice, coffee, and small marbles of tapioca (a.k.a. "black pearl" or "boba", made from Tapioca starch, water, corn starch and natural flavors.) It originated in Tai-Chung City (in Taiwan) around 1981, and soon spread across Asia. In the late 90s, it traveled to North America and has quickly become a raging trendy drink on both coasts. It is perceived as a relatively healthier beverage than soft drinks or coffee, and a lot more fun, too.Tapioca Express was the first in North America to offer a wide selection of high quality tapioca beverage adhering to a consistently high professional standard.

Since opening its first store in the city of Alhambra (located in the Greater Los Angeles, California),

Tapioca Express has become synonymous to quality and innovation.

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How much does it cost to open a Tapioca Express Franchise?

The investment required to open a Tapioca Express Franchise is between $200,000-$420,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $15,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Tapioca Express name.

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    $3K for 2 years

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When did the first Tapioca Express open? 1999
When did Tapioca Express start Franchising? 2000

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2005 66 1 0 1
2004 64 0 0 3
2003 43 0 0 3
2002 43 0 0 3
2001 28 0 0 2
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Equipment No No
Inventory No No
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Payroll No No

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Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 5

100% of current franchisees are owner/operators

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  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Tapioca Express Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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