Pizza Ranch

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Pizza, chicken, salad bar, buffet

Number of Locations: 190

Total Investment: $1M - $2.8M

Founded: 1981

Began Franchising: 1984

About Pizza Ranch

At age 19, Adrie Groeneweg opened the first Pizza Ranch in Hull, Iowa, offering pizza recipes developed by his mother Lorraine. The midwest pizza chain's menu has since expanded to include chicken, buffalo wings, dessert and salad. Customers can order from the menu or eat from a buffet. Franchising began in 1984, and the company's headquarters has moved from Hull to Orange City, Iowa.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 183 0 0 7
2014 181 0 0 7
2013 170 0 0 4
2012 166 0 0 2
2011 162 0 0 2
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Midwest, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $1,032,000 - $2,754,000
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 4%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Liquid Cash Available: $273,000 - $497,500
29% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 75 - 95. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At franchisee's location: 2 weeks. At headquarters & in training restaurant : 5 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #191 (2015), #204 (2014), #179 (2013), #190 (2012), #193 (2011),

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