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Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

2014 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Hotels

Number of Locations: 473

Total Investment: $6.6M - $8M

Founded: 1986

Began Franchising: 1987

About Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

In 1987 Curt Carlson founded Country Inns & Suites, a companion to his family of hotels and restaurants that includes Radisson Hotels and TGI Friday's. The hotels, which are located in metropolitan and rural areas, feature studios and one-bedroom suites that may have refrigerators and microwaves.

For business travelers, Country Inns offer breakfast rooms, meeting rooms and lobbies that can be used for meetings. Locations also feature pools, coin-operated laundry facilities and exercise facilities. All guests are given complimentary breakfast, cookies and a morning paper. At each hotel, children under 18 stay free with an adult.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 435 8 22 8
2012 442 10 20 8
2011 448 10 18 9
2010 457 14 16 9
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $6,632,920 - $8,000,400
Franchise Fee: $50,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 15 years

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. At franchisee's location: 1 week.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #192 (2014), #134 (2013), #133 (2012), #73 (2011), #97 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #59 (2010),
America's Top Global: #115 (2013), #110 (2012), #63 (2011), #79 (2010),

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