Dairy Queen Franchise

Quick-service restaurant serving ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken

Frozen yogurt producer J.F. McCullough was trying different things with a formula for another solidified dairy item, originating from his conviction that dessert tasted better when it was delicate and served straight from the cooler, not solidified strong. With his formula culminated, McCullough and his child, Alex, persuaded one regarding their clients to hold a starting offer of the new delicate frozen yogurt, and more than 1,600 individuals appeared to attempt it. In light of that underlying achievement, the McCulloughs opened the primary Dairy Queen area in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois. The main stores sold just delicate serve frozen yogurt - in sundaes, bring home pints and quarts, and cones- - however throughout the years, an assortment of dessert treats were added to the menu, for example, banana parts and Dilly Bars. In the 1950s, some Dairy Queens started serving hot sustenance things. Today, stores framework wide have menus that incorporate franks, cheeseburgers and chicken tenders through Dairy Queen's Grill and Chill idea. The organization likewise offers a DQ Treat idea that offers both Dairy Queen's solidified treats and the sister organization's natural product beverages and smoothies.

International Dairy Queen, Inc., (IDQ) has been creating “smiles and stories” for more than 70 years. Tracing its roots back to 1940, the company, is a leading quick service restaurant franchisor of delicious frozen treats and mouth-watering hot food items. The company is corporately based in Minneapolis, MN, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation, Orange Julius of America and Karmelkorn Shoppes Inc., which develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,400 Dairy Queen® Orange Julius® and Karmelkorn® stores in the United States, Canada and over 25 other countries. All are part of the Berkshire Hathaway family, a company owned by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a single DQ Grill
& Chill® franchise is $1,151,135-$1,936,655.
This includes the
$45,555 that must be paid to the franchisor or affiliate. In addition,
if you enter into a multiple trade area reservation agreement, you will
pay an initial franchise fee deposit determined by multiplying the
number of restaurants you are granted the right to develop by $10,000.

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How much does it cost to open a Dairy Queen Franchise?

The investment required to open a Dairy Queen Franchise is between $1,151,135-$1,936,655. There is an initial franchise fee of $45,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Dairy Queen name.

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When did the first Dairy Queen open? 1940
When did Dairy Queen start Franchising? 1944

United States: Nationwide

International: Worldwide

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: 376 hours
Classroom Training: 32 hours
Additional Training: At existing DQ store

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International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 20 - 100

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed.

Business Experience:

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  • General business experience

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Dairy Queen 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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    Dairy Queen
    8000 Tower, #700,
    8331 Norman Center Dr.
    Bloomington,, MN


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