Tapioca Express Franchise

Tapioca & milk tea beverages

Tapioca beverage is a various combination of black or green tea, milk, juice, coffee, and small marbles of tapioca (a.k.a. "black pearl" or "boba", made from Tapioca starch, water, corn starch and natural flavors.) It originated in Tai-Chung City (in Taiwan) around 1981, and soon spread across Asia. In the late 90s, it traveled to North America and has quickly become a raging trendy drink on both coasts. It is perceived as a relatively healthier beverage than soft drinks or coffee, and a lot more fun, too.
Tapioca Express was the first in North America to offer a wide selection of high quality tapioca beverage adhering to a consistently high professional standard.

Since opening its first store in the city of Alhambra (located in the Greater Los Angeles, California), Tapioca Express has become synonymous to quality and innovation. While always apprehensive about consistency and quality, we have been fortunate enough to have established to date a total of forty six strong stores in the nation, and plan to make the family of 100 by the end of 2003.

Here at Tapioca Express, we try to stay one step ahead of our competitors by using high quality ingredients, maintaining a top notch team behind the counter, and providing a friendly environment, all in an effort to bring the nation the best Tapioca drinks its taste buds will ever encounter. We offer over 150 different items on the menu, ranging from juice, tea, milk tea, coffee, to our unique snow bubbles, all individually flavored and expertly prepared to quench the thirst and delight the palate.

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How much does it cost to open a Tapioca Express Franchise?

The estimated investment required to open a Tapioca Express Franchise is between $99,000-$295,900. There is an initial franchise fee of $15,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Tapioca Express name.

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  • Renewal Fee:
    $3K for 2 years

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Tapioca Express News & Press Releases

When did the first Tapioca Express open? 1999
When did Tapioca Express start Franchising? 2000

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2005 66 1 0 1
2004 64 0 0 3
2003 43 0 0 3
2002 43 0 0 3
2001 28 0 0 2
Year U.S.A.
2005 66
2004 64
2003 43
2002 43
2001 28
Year Canada
2005 1
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
Year International
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
Year Corporate
2005 1
2004 3
2003 3
2002 3
2001 2
Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

Newsletter, Meetings, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 5

100% of current franchisees are owner/operators

Business Experience:

  • Industry experience
  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Tapioca Express 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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    Tapioca Express

    Tapioca Express

    Tapioca Express Inc.
    1908 Central Ave.
    South El Monte, CA


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