Donatos Pizzeria Franchise



With $1,300 in his pocket and a dream to own his own business, Jim Grote bought a small pizzeria on the south side of Columbus, Ohio and went to work to create a business that was truly unique. Although Donatos has grown and moved into almost 200 neighborhoods, our belief remains the same: "Treat people the way you want to be treated."
You are responsible for:
* Leasehold improvements
* Leasing or purchasing equipment
* Hiring and restaurant operation
Donatos provides:
* Product formulas and operational systems
* Store design guidance
* Equipment ordering guidance
* Edge-u-cation training
* Cultural orientation
* Operations manual
* Periodic evaluations
* Ongoing support

Additional information and qualifications:
Single-Store and Multi-Unit Development Agreements are available depending upon prospective Franchise Partner qualifications as well as geographical considerations.

Prospective Franchise Partner groups need to designate an Operating Partner who must live in the area to be developed and possess prior restaurant or retail management and supervision experience commensurate with the number of restaurants to be developed. An Operating Partner may also be a member of the Franchise Group.

A full Franchise Application, including a Personal Financial Statement, needs to be submitted for each member of the Franchise Partner group. If the Operating Partner is a separate individual, they will need to submit a full resume with work history and skill-set qualifications.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Donatos
franchised business is $386,500 to $698,900. This includes $40,500 to
$42,500 that must be paid to the franchisor or its affiliate. If this is
the second Donatos franchised business, you choose to receive
additional training services or you hire a Donatos Manager for your
franchised business, you must pay the franchisor an additional $15,000
to $40,000.

The company continues to franchise throughout the Midwest, South and
Southeast, with franchised locations serving pizza, subs, salads and
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How much does it cost to open a Donatos Pizzeria Franchise?

The investment required to open a Donatos Pizzeria Franchise is between $386,500-$698,900. There is an initial franchise fee of $30,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Donatos Pizzeria name.

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Donatos Founder To Give $1m For Redevelopment On South Side
The founder of Donatos Pizzeria is donating $1 million to help a $3.2 million city plan to revive the South Parsons Corridor on the city's south side, Columbus Business First reports. The contribution from Jim Grote and his family was announced during Mayor Michael Coleman's annual State of the ...

Donatos Introduces New Brick Oven Style Pizzas
Donatos has launched new Brick Oven Style Pizzas for a limited time. Starting at $10, the new item will be offered in three new signature flavors: pepperoni meatball, Sicilian chicken and five cheese. The pepperoni meatball is covered with aged, smoked provolone and topped with Donatos' signature...

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When did the first Donatos Pizzeria open? 1963
When did Donatos Pizzeria start Franchising? 1991
Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee N/A Yes
Startup Costs N/A Yes
Equipment N/A Yes
Inventory N/A Yes
Accounts Receivable N/A Yes
Payroll N/A Yes


On-The-Job Training: 454 hours
Classroom Training: 4 hours

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


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

To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Donatos Pizzeria 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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Donatos Pizzeria

Donatos Pizzeria

Donatos Pizzeria, LLC
935 Taylor Station Road
Columbus, OH


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