Kilwin's Chocolates Franchise

At a Glance

Products & Services: Chocolate, fudge, ice cream

Number of Locations: 95

Total Investment: $273.6K - $570.9K

Founded: 1947

Began Franchising: 1982

About Kilwin's Chocolates Franchise

In 1947 Don and Katy Kilwin opened Kilwin's Bakery in Petoskey, Michigan. Soon after opening the bakery, the Kilwins began making candy. Six years later the Kilwins sold their bakery to focus on candy making full-time, and in 1978 sold the candy business to Wayne and Lorene Rose. The Roses began offering Kilwin's franchises in 1982.

Today Kilwin's Chocolates, now owned by Don and Robin McCarty, sells chocolates, fudge and ice cream.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 90 0 0 5
2013 81 0 0 5
2012 79 0 0 3
2011 77 0 0 3
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Midwest, North Carolina, Northeast, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South, South Carolina, Southeast, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $273,636 - $570,944
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $10,000 off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $125,000
28% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6 - 10. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. At franchisee's location: 1 week. Online training; store visits
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Lease Negotiation
Other marketing support: Promotions & marketing assistance

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #265 (2013), #251 (2012), #423 (2011),