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Great American Cookies

2014 Franchise 500
#143
At a Glance

Products & Services: Cookies

Number of Locations: 347

Total Investment: $183.4K - $317.2K

Founded: 1977

Began Franchising: 1977

About Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies opened its first store in Atlanta's Perimeter Mall in 1977. From one family chocolate cookie recipe, it added a complete line of cookies and brownies and began franchising in 1978. In addition to regular cookies, most stores feature large plate- or pan-sized cookies with personalized messages for parties or special occasions.
Great American Cookies is part of Global Franchise Group, which also franchises Pretzelmaker, Marble Slab Creamery, and MaggieMoo's.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 319 0 27 1
2013 313 0 30 3
2012 285 0 5 0
2011 275 0 8 0
2010 294 4 7 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Philippines, South America, Western Europe.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $183,350 - $317,150
Franchise Fee: $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 25% off first-store franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 5 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: POP materials

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #143 (2014), #231 (2013), #165 (2012), #116 (2011), #294 (2010),
America's Top Global: #113 (2014), #184 (2013), #131 (2012), #98 (2011),

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