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Initial Investment

LOW: $427,850
HIGH: $802,350

Change in Units

Promoted Opportunities

Company Profile

Founded

1975

Franchising Since

1980 (36 Years)

Corporate Address

3535 Harbor Blvd., #100 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

CEO

Steve Carley

About El Pollo Loco

In 1975, Juan Ochoa opened a roadside chicken stand in Guasace, Mexico, he called El Pollo Loco. Ochoa served chicken the same way his mother did, hand-marinating using an old family recipe and flame-broiling. The stand quickly grew in popularity, and over the next four years, Ochoa’s family opened 85 restaurants in Northern Mexico. The chain moved into the United States in 1980 with the first restaurant opening in Los Angeles.

Over the years, El Pollo Loco has added tacos, burritos and salads to its menu, all featuring the Ochoa family’s chicken. In 1995, the chain entered into a joint venture with Foster’s Freeze to offer soft-serve treats at El Pollo Loco restaurants.

Financials

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$427,850 - $802,350

Net-worth Requirement

$1,000,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$300,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$40,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

4%

Ad Royalty Fee

4-5%

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 131

Lowest Rank: 400

  • 2006 - 400
* Not all years were ranked

Units (Locations)

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Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 2 weeks

Training at headquarters: 6 weeks

Additional Training: At certified training stores

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Internet
Security
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Ad Slicks
National Media

Number of employees required to run: 25

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Updated: November 5th, 2014

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