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The Grounds Guys LLC

2014 Franchise 500
#213
At a Glance

Products & Services: Landscape maintenance

Number of Locations: 193

Total Investment: $72.5K - $205.1K

Founded: 2010

Began Franchising: 2010

About The Grounds Guys LLC

Tim van Stralen and his nine brothers founded Sunshine Grounds Care, a landscape maintenance business, in 1987. In 2010, they teamed up with The Dwyer Group to use the experience and knowledge gained in running Sunshine Grounds Care to create and franchise a new company: The Grounds Guys.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 153 40 0 0
2013 141 40 0 0
2012 73 35 0 0
2011 48 35 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $72,490 - $205,090
Franchise Fee: $28,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 2.5-7%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 25% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $100,000
Liquid Cash Available: $40,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 15. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
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. At franchisee's location: 2 days. National & regional meetings : 2-3 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #213 (2014), #299 (2013),
Fastest-Growing: #76 (2014), #53 (2013),
Top New: #6 (2014), #15 (2013),
Top Home-Based: #58 (2014), #81 (2013),
America's Top Global: #128 (2014),

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