Friendly's Restaurants Franchise

Family restaurant


In Springfield, Massachusetts at the height of the Great Depression in 1935, 20 year-old Prestley Blake and his 18 year-old brother Curtis opened an ice cream shop called 'Friendly' that served double-dip cones for 5 cents. The brothers opened a second shop five years later in West Springfield, Massachusetts and added food to the menu. Within a decade, locations opened throughout western Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 1988 Donald N. Smith, the company's current CEO, purchased the company and a year later added an 's' to the name, making it 'Friendly's.'

In May 2000, Friendly's introduced a new food and dessert menu featuring colossal burgers, sandwich wraps, splits, sundaes and Cyclones. Friendly's produces 10 million snack cups and 230,000 gallons of fudge every year. In addition to its restaurants and cafes, Friendly's manufactures a complete line of frozen desserts.

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How much does it cost to open a Friendly's Restaurants Franchise?

The estimated investment required to open a Friendly's Restaurants Franchise is between $498,500-$1,950,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $30,000-$35,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Friendly's Restaurants name.

Individual Unit Costs

  • Initial Investment:
    $498,500-$1,950,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee:
    $30,000-$35,000
  • Royalty Fee:
    4%
  • Advertising Fee:
  • Term of Agreement:
    20 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    $5K



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Friendly's Restaurants News & Press Releases

When did the first Friendly's Restaurants open? 1935
When did Friendly's Restaurants start Franchising? 1996

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2005 188 0 0 348
2004 178 0 0 361
2003 156 0 0 382
2002 158 0 0 392
2001 161 0 0 393
Year U.S.A.
2005 188
2004 178
2003 156
2002 158
2001 161
Year Canada
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
Year International
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
Year Corporate
2005 348
2004 361
2003 382
2002 392
2001 393

United States: Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia,

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

Support
Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations

Marketing
Ad slicks, National media

Franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 62% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • Industry experience

  • Your income potential as a Friendly's Restaurants Franchise entrepreneur depends vastly on many factors. As an entrepreneur, the goals to achieve are related to expanding sales while lowering your operation costs and increasing the quality of your products and or services. Each month your operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage / rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items. From one month to the next, you may find your costs fluctuate, but your up-front costs are, for the most part, fixed and they will cover most of the initial setup of equipment, signage and renovations.

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    Friendly's Restaurants

    Friendly's Restaurants

    Friendly's Restaurants Franchise Inc.
    1855 Boston Rd.
    Wilbraham, MA
    01095

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