Kampgrounds of America - KOA Franchise


Dave Drum started Kampgrounds of America in 1961. He and other Billings, Montana, businessmen set up camping facilities off highways 87 and 212 in 1962, when the World's Fair in Seattle was attracting tourists along those routes. As he started franchising that year, Drum opened a system of campgrounds along America's highways. He was forced to use a 'k' in 'kampgrounds' instead of a 'c' because of a copyright challenge. KOA campgrounds offer hot showers, clean restrooms, laundry facilities, convenience stores, swimming pools and playgrounds. Eight of every 10 KOA campgrounds is within 100 miles of a metropolitan area, and some offer economical lodging for tourist destinations. The parent company, KOA Holdings, also owns Franchise Services, whose subsidiaries include franchise companies Sir Speedy, PIP Printing and Comprehensive Business Services.

The investment necessary to purchase an existing KOA campgrounds franchise ranges from
$225,950 to $4,462,925, which includes the initial franchise fee of
$7,500 that the franchisee must pay to the franchisor.

The investment necessary to convert an independent campground to a KOA campground ranges from $26,750 to $482,050, which includes the initial
franchise fee of $11,250 that the franchisee must pay to the franchisor.

The cost to construct a new KOA campground will range from $1,474,100 to
$4,091,900, which includes the initial franchise fee of $30,000 that
the franchisee must pay to the franchisor.

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How much does it cost to open a Kampgrounds of America - KOA Franchise?

The investment required to open a Kampgrounds of America - KOA Franchise is between $26,750-$4,462,925. There is an initial franchise fee of $7,500-$30,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Kampgrounds of America - KOA name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
    10 years

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When did the first Kampgrounds of America - KOA open? 1961
When did Kampgrounds of America - KOA start Franchising? 1962

United States: Nationwide

Canada: Nationwide

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


On-The-Job Training: 30-80 hours
Classroom Training: 40 hours

Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security/Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform

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

2% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 4 - 6

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (95% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • People skills

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Kampgrounds of America - KOA 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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    Kampgrounds of America Inc.
    550 N. 31st St.
    Billings, MT


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