Salsarita's Fresh Cantina vs Zaxby's Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of Salsarita's Fresh Cantina vs Zaxby's including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

 
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
Zaxby's Franchise
Investment $283,150 - $563,900 $343,200 - $695,200
Franchise Fee $30,000 $35,000
Royalty Fee 5% 6%
Advertising Fee 1% Nat'l 1.5% Local 2.87%-5%
Year Founded 1999 1990
Year Franchised 2000 1994
Term Of Agreement 10 years -
Term Of Agreement 10 years -
Renewal Fee 15% of then-current fee -


Business Experience Requirements

 
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
Zaxby's Franchise
Experience
  • Industry experience
  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills
  • Restaurant experience helpful
  • Prospective Franchisees must meet the following criteria to be considered: Collective net worth of at least $1,000,000, with liquid assets greater than $500,000 (liquidity being defined as cash or any asset that could be converted to cash within ten business days). Ability to satisfactorily pass background checks for the following: reasonable credit worthiness, no criminal convictions, no history of extensive litigation, and satisfactory motor vehicle report. Willingness of all investors to personally guarantee any obligations that are required under the license agreement. Willingness to make a commitment to this venture within 60 – 90 days of signing a license agreement. Belief that guest service is of critical importance in restaurant operations.

    Financing Options

     
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    Zaxby's Franchise
      In-House/3rd Party In-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees No/Yes -/-
    Start-up Costs No/Yes -/-
    Equipment No/Yes -/-
    Inventory No/Yes -/-
    Receivables No/Yes -/-
    Payroll No/No -/Yes

    Training & Support

     
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    Zaxby's Franchise
    Training

    Training in Charlotte, NC at our "Burrito Bootcamp" for themselves and their manager. Salsarita's also helps you train your staff in the week prior to opening and running through the first full week of operation. We have Franchise Business Coaches available who can and will assist you in day-to-day operations and to make scheduled visits to your store.

    The initial training program is eight weeks long, consisting of a one-week orientation phase at Zaxby's Franchising, Inc.'s training center, three two-week phases at a training restaurant and the final one-week phase back at ZFI's training center. Ongoing support and training updates, in addition to other business development practices - including onsite inspections - are conducted regularly throughout the franchise system.
    Support Newsletter, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives -
    Marketing Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising -
    Operations International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 20% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 10

    Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (50% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

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    Expansion Plans

     
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    Zaxby's Franchise
    US Expansion Yes Yes
    Canada Expansion No -
    International Expansion Yes -

    Start-Up Costs and Fees Mobile

    Investment
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    $283,150 - $563,900
    Zaxby's Franchise
    $343,200 - $695,200
    Franchise Fee
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    $30,000
    Zaxby's Franchise
    $35,000
    Royalty Fee
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    5%
    Zaxby's Franchise
    6%
    Advertising Fee
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    1% Nat'l 1.5% Local
    Zaxby's Franchise
    2.87%-5%
    Year Founded
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    1999
    Zaxby's Franchise
    1990
    Year Franchised
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    2000
    Zaxby's Franchise
    1994
    Term Of Agreement
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    10 years
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -
    Renewal Fee
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    15% of then-current fee
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -


    Business Experience Requirements

    Experience
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise

  • Industry experience
  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills
  • Restaurant experience helpful
  • Zaxby's Franchise
    Prospective Franchisees must meet the following criteria to be considered: Collective net worth of at least $1,000,000, with liquid assets greater than $500,000 (liquidity being defined as cash or any asset that could be converted to cash within ten business days). Ability to satisfactorily pass background checks for the following: reasonable credit worthiness, no criminal convictions, no history of extensive litigation, and satisfactory motor vehicle report. Willingness of all investors to personally guarantee any obligations that are required under the license agreement. Willingness to make a commitment to this venture within 60 – 90 days of signing a license agreement. Belief that guest service is of critical importance in restaurant operations.

    Financing Options

      In-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    No/Yes
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -/-
    Start-up Costs
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    No/Yes
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -/-
    Equipment
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    No/Yes
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -/-
    Inventory
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    No/Yes
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -/-
    Receivables
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    No/Yes
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -/-
    Payroll
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    No/No
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -/Yes

    Training & Support

    Training
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise

    Training in Charlotte, NC at our "Burrito Bootcamp" for themselves and their manager. Salsarita's also helps you train your staff in the week prior to opening and running through the first full week of operation. We have Franchise Business Coaches available who can and will assist you in day-to-day operations and to make scheduled visits to your store.

    Zaxby's Franchise
    The initial training program is eight weeks long, consisting of a one-week orientation phase at Zaxby's Franchising, Inc.'s training center, three two-week phases at a training restaurant and the final one-week phase back at ZFI's training center. Ongoing support and training updates, in addition to other business development practices - including onsite inspections - are conducted regularly throughout the franchise system.
    Support
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    Newsletter, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -
    Marketing
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -
    Operations
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 20% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 10

    Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (50% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

    Zaxby's Franchise
    -

    Expansion Plans

    US Expansion
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    Yes
    Zaxby's Franchise
    Yes
    Canada Expansion
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    No
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -
    International Expansion
    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina Franchise
    Yes
    Zaxby's Franchise
    -

    Company Overviews

    About Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

    Founded in 2000, Salsarita's Fresh Cantina is one of the fastest-growing Mexican fast-casual Mexican restaurant chains, recognized for its people, food and world-class hospitality. Customers can create delicious made-to-order meals from a flavorful Mexican menu that offers burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, tortilla-crusted pizzas and salads with a wide selection of meats, fresh vegetables and homemade salsas in lively, family-friendly environment. For general information, please visit www.salsaritas.com or call 704-540-9447. For franchising information, please visit http://www.salsaritasfranchising.com or call 866.61SALSA.

    About Zaxby's

    Zaxby's Franchising, Inc., actively seeks highly qualified individuals be become licensees. Prior business experience, financial qualifications, motivation, team spirit and a track record of personal success are all important factors in our evaluation process. Prospective licensees must meet the following criteria to be considered: Collective net worth of at least $700,000, with liquid assets greater than $400,000 (liquidity being defined as cash or any asset that could be converted to cash within ten business days). Ability to satisfactorily pass background checks for the following: reasonable credit worthiness, no criminal convictions, no history of extensive litigation, and satisfactory motor vehicle report. Willingness of all investors to personally guarantee any obligations that are required under the license agreement. Willingness to make a commitment to this venture within 60 - 90 days of signing a license agreement. Belief that guest service is of critical importance in restaurant operations.
    The Zaxby's Mission Statement - Consistently Create Encore Experiences That Enrich Lives One Person At A Time - recognizes the value of all individuals.

    ZFI is committed to developing a diverse community of licensees and, in that regard, the Zaxby's franchise opportunity is open to all qualified applicants, regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity.

    The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Zaxby’s franchised business is $343,200 to $695,200. This includes $40,200 to $45,000 that must be paid to the franchisor or its affiliates. In addition, if you enter into a Multi-Restaurant Development Agreement to develop more than one Zaxby’s restaurant, you must pay the franchisor a fee of $17,500 for each Zaxby’s restaurant scheduled for development and subsequently must pay an additional $17,500 upon execution of the License Agreement for each Zaxby’s restaurant, which amounts are credited towards the initial franchise fee for each restaurant.

    #148 in Franchise 500 for 2021.  Not in Franchise 500 for 2020.