Kumon Math & Reading Centers

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Supplemental education

Number of Locations: 25,384

Total Investment: $72.2K - $149.3K

Founded: 1954

Began Franchising: 1958

About Kumon Math & Reading Centers

High school math teacher Toru Kumon developed the Kumon method of learning more than 50 years ago in Japan, when his son was struggling with second-grade arithmetic. Realizing that a strong foundation in the basics--addition, subtraction, multiplication and division--was essential for higher-level math, Kumon created a series of math worksheets for his son to work on after school. With daily practice, Kumon's son gradually expanded his mastery of mathematical skills and by sixth grade was able to solve differential equations and integral calculus problems.

Today, at locations throughout North America, Kumon franchisees apply this method of daily practice and self-paced advancement to children's math and reading skills.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 1,451 330 23,575 28
2013 1,492 328 23,590 27
2012 1,495 328 23,590 30
2011 1,395 327 23,580 30
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $72,187 - $149,319
Franchise Fee: $1,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: $32-$36/student/mo.
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $150,000
Liquid Cash Available: $70,000
Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 2 - 3. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: over 3 months. At franchisee's location: ongoing. At regional offices : ongoing.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #20 (2015), #18 (2014), #16 (2013), #18 (2012), #14 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #22 (2013), #17 (2012), #24 (2011),
Low-Cost: #3 (2011),
America's Top Global: #28 (2014), #4 (2013), #17 (2012), #12 (2011),

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