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Smashburger Franchising LLC

2014 Franchise 500
#205
At a Glance

Products & Services: Burgers

Number of Locations: 256

Total Investment: $545.5K - $894.5K

Founded: 2007

Began Franchising: 2008

About Smashburger Franchising LLC

After over 20 years working in the restaurant industry, for companies such as McDonald's, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut and Quiznos, Tom Ryan started his own restaurant in 2007: Smashburger. Named for the way its burgers are cooked (by smashing a ball of ground beef onto the grill), Smashburger offers customers a variety of bun and topping choices. Chicken and veggie burgers are also available, as well as hot dogs, salads, sides and shakes.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 106 1 7 142
2013 111 1 7 98
2012 91 0 1 73
2011 83 0 0 59
2010 52 0 0 41
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico, South America, Western Europe.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $545,500 - $894,500
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5-6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 15 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $2,000,000
Liquid Cash Available: $1,000,000
Operations
100% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 25. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 3 weeks. At franchisee's location: 3 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #205 (2014), #203 (2013), #265 (2012),
Fastest-Growing: #89 (2013), #64 (2012),
Top New: #6 (2013), #10 (2012),
America's Top Global: #164 (2013), #200 (2012),

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