Happy Joe's Franchise

Pizza restaurant and ice cream parlor


Lawrence Joseph Whitty had worked in the bakery business for years before becoming an assistant manager at a Shakey's pizzeria. He decided to combine his baking skills with the experience he had gained from working at a pizza restaurant, where he would often hear families decide to go out for ice cream for dessert. Combining pizza and ice cream, Whitty opened the first Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor in East Davenport, Iowa, in 1972. His signature item was the Happy Joe's Special, a pizza with Canadian bacon and sauerkraut that Whitty created from leftovers in his mother's kitchen. After a franchisee suggested adding tacos to the menu, Whitty created the restaurant's best-selling product, the Taco Pizza.

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How much does it cost to open a Happy Joe's Franchise?

The estimated investment required to open a Happy Joe's Franchise is between $189,000-$1,096,625. There is an initial franchise fee of $25,000-$30,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Happy Joe's name.

Individual Unit Costs

  • Initial Investment:
    $189,000-$1,096,625
  • Initial Franchise Fee:
    $25,000-$30,000
  • Royalty Fee:
    4.5%-5%
  • Advertising Fee:
    1.5%
  • Term of Agreement:
    15 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    10% of fee or $2K



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When did the first Happy Joe's open? 1972
When did Happy Joe's start Franchising? 1973

United States: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming,

International:

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

Training
On-The-Job Training: 300 hours
Classroom Training: 40 hours

Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings/Conventions
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security/Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software

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

33% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 45

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • General business experience

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Happy Joe's 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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    Happy Joe's

    Happy Joe's

    Happy Joe's
    2705 Happy Joe Dr.
    Bettendorf, IA
    52722

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