Happy Joe's Franchise

Pizza restaurant and ice cream parlor

Lawrence Joseph Whitty had worked in the bakery business for years before becoming an assistant manager at a Shakey's pizzeria. He decided to combine his baking skills with the experience he had gained from working at a pizza restaurant, where he would often hear families decide to go out for ice cream for dessert. Combining pizza and ice cream, Whitty opened the first Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor in East Davenport, Iowa, in 1972. His signature item was the Happy Joe's Special, a pizza with Canadian bacon and sauerkraut that Whitty created from leftovers in his mother's kitchen. After a franchisee suggested adding tacos to the menu, Whitty created the restaurant's best-selling product, the Taco Pizza.

Seeking new franchisees in the following regions/states:
 Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin

The total investment necessary to begin operations of a Happy Joe’s Full
Size Restaurant
or Happy Joe’s PizzaGrille Restaurant is $279,750 to
$1,030,625. This includes $0 to $16,500 that must be paid to the
franchisor or an affiliate.
The total investment necessary to begin
operations of a Happy Joe’s DELCO Facility is $164,500 to $423,000. This
includes the $0 to $16,500 that must be paid to the franchisor or an
The total investment to begin operations of a Happy Joe’s
ranges from $24,470 to $132,340. This includes the $0 to
$16,500 paid to the franchisor or an affiliate.

The total investment necessary to begin operations of a Happy Joe’s Area
business ranges from $17,625 to $94,100. This includes the
development fee ranging from $15,000 to $45,000 that must be paid to the

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How much does it cost to open a Happy Joe's Franchise?

The investment required to open a Happy Joe's Franchise is between $24,470-$1,030,625. There is an initial franchise fee of $15,000-$17,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Happy Joe's name.

Individual Unit Costs

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  • Term of Agreement:
    15 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    10% of fee or $2K

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When did the first Happy Joe's open? 1972
When did Happy Joe's start Franchising? 1973

United States: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, Wisconsin


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

On-The-Job Training: 300 hours
Classroom Training: 40 hours

Purchasing Co-ops
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security/Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software

Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising
Social media
Website development
Email marketing
Loyalty program/app

33% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 45

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • General business experience

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Happy Joe's 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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    Happy Joe's

    Happy Joe's

    Happy Joe's
    2705 Happy Joe Dr.
    Bettendorf, IA


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