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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

2014 Franchise 500
#323
At a Glance

Products & Services: Chocolates, confections

Number of Locations: 292

Total Investment: $115.6K - $468.7K

Founded: 1981

Began Franchising: 1982

About Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

On Memorial Day Weekend, 1981, Franklin Crail wasn't on vacation; instead, he was opening the doors to a new business. That weekend, residents of Durango, Colorado, got the world's first taste of a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Today, visitors to any of the company's more than 200 U.S. locations can watch fudge being made, bite into fresh caramel apples, and purchase a variety of candies and chocolates.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 219 56 11 6
2012 238 54 6 8
2011 232 54 4 10
2010 263 47 3 11
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $115,600 - $468,665
Franchise Fee: $24,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $50,000
Operations
25% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 7. 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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Accounts Receivable
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 7 days.
Ongoing Support: Meetings, Grand opening, Field operations/evaluations

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #323 (2014), #278 (2013), #259 (2012), #235 (2011), #136 (2010),
America's Top Global: #178 (2013), #195 (2012), #183 (2011), #109 (2010),

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