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Scooter's Coffee and Yogurt

2014 Franchise 500
#294
At a Glance

Products & Services: Specialty coffee, smoothies, pastries, frozen yogurt

Number of Locations: 109

Total Investment: $237.5K - $310.5K

Founded: 1998

Began Franchising: 2001

About Scooter's Coffee and Yogurt

Seeing the success of the specialty-coffee industry in California, Don and Linda Eckles returned to their Midwestern roots and opened their first drive-thru coffeehouse in 1998 in Bellevue, Nebraska. They named it Scooter's based on a nickname one of their daughters had earned while playing softball. They began franchising Scooter's Coffee in 2001, and later added frozen yogurt to the menu at some locations alongside their coffee.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 109 0 0 0
2012 100 0 0 0
2010 75 0 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: $237,500 - $310,500
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $20,000 credit toward first-year product
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
Operations
10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3 - 12. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2-4 weeks. At franchisee's location: 1-3 weeks. At existing coffeehouse
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Ad & PR support, social media

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #294 (2014), #234 (2013), #310 (2011), #301 (2010),