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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#343 Ranked #277 last year
- Initial investment
$517K - $1.1M
- Units as of 2022
381 15.1% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchise.
Many people love to sink their teeth into crunchy pieces of fried chicken dripping with succulent juices. Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken understands the love for good fried chicken with a memorable crunch to boot. This franchise with South Korean roots was born from the desire of Jinduk Seo to share flavorful chicken recipes with the world in 2002.
For the love of South Korean food, Jinduk traveled to New York in 2006 to open his first restaurant after running 20 restaurants in his home country. Jinduk single-handedly created and perfected his signature sauces and chicken recipe, attempting to give them that special touch and taste. Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken is hand-battered, double-fried, and hand-brushed with their sauces for the crunch that the company prides its chicken on.
Since beginning to franchise in 2006, Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken has expanded to over 100 U.S. franchises to go along with more than 250 international locations.
Why You May Want to Open a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken Franchise
When you open a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchise, you will own part of a dream that led one man to create signature Asian dishes in the U.S. The franchisor offers varied dining experiences, including the traditional sit-down, sports bar, and quick-service restaurants appealing to families, corporates, and busy professionals alike.
A franchisee with Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken must be ready to be the principal in charge of the daily running of the restaurant. You have to be hands-on; this opportunity may not work for you if you want a passive investment. While any previous restaurant and hotel experience may not be necessary to become a franchisee, it may come in handy.
Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.
What Might Make a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken Franchise a Good Choice?
Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken will afford its franchisees with on-site and initial training to bring you up to speed with the company’s operations. Additionally, you will receive the right to use the franchisor’s logos and signage at your location. You will also access a location setup package that includes layout, site assistance, approval, and interior design. For your daily operations, a cooking and operations manual will be provided.
To be part of the Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchise team, you should make sure that you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company’s set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
How To Open a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken Franchise
As you decide if opening a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchise is the right move for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.
Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement with Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchising team questions.
A typical Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchise agreement runs for ten years. Franchisees may be allowed to renew their agreement if they meet the franchisor’s requirements.
About Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken
- Franchising Since
- 2006 (16 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.
- # of Units
- 381 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $516,994 - $1,097,419
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- $10,000 off first-unit franchise fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 120 hours
- Classroom Training
- 30 hours
- Ongoing Support
NewsletterMeetings & ConventionsGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite Selection
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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