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2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#49 Ranked #28 last year
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Initial investment
$112K - $547K
Units as of 2022
1,807 17.3% over 3 years

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Cinnabon franchise.

Cinnabon is a well-known bakery franchise that started in Seattle, Washington in 1985. The company's first franchise opened a year later in Pennsylvania, and since then, it has opened more than 1,500 franchises across the United States and in dozens of other countries. 

The father and son team who started the brand had one mission: to make the best cinnamon roll ever. Looking at the company's presence throughout the world, they may have come pretty close to accomplishing that goal. Put simply: it strives to be a lovable, nostalgic brand. The product is tasty and smells amazing. On top of that, it could be a fun business to run. 

Why You May Want to Open a Cinnabon Franchise

Have you tasted a Cinnabon cinnamon roll before? If you meet the qualifications, you might open a franchise location on taste alone. The aroma of fresh bread laced with cinnamon makes many people drool. But outside of its delicious frosted rolls, the brand may be incredibly recognizable to its customers and franchisees. 

Like its dough, Cinnabon could be on the rise. And you might be the first Cinnabon location in your community. The brand is continuing to expand its name to reach all 50 states, and your franchise could be the newest one on the block.

As a franchisee, you don't necessarily have to own a full bakery. There might be other options for you. You might choose to open a co-brand store, a kiosk, or a co-brand kiosk. With your location, no matter how big or small, you may be promoting the company's mission to spread warmth with crave-able baked goods.

What Might Make a Cinnabon Franchise a Good Choice?

When you walk into a Cinnabon bakery front, the smell of the cinnamon roll may feel like it sells itself. Because the company usually selects its locations in high-traffic areas, many noses are making purchasing choices. Because of this attraction, the brand has won various accolades for its gooey rolls. 

Cinnabon has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 many times in the past several decades. This ranking is 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. With significant appeal to many generations, the iconic cinnamon roll may not go out of style.

To be part of the Cinnabon team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should be prepared for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, or renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.

How To Open a Cinnabon Franchise

To start your Cinnabon franchise journey, you should submit a franchise request form. Along with providing basic information, you may need to specify if you're interested in opening one or more locations.

It's generally great if you have restaurant experience, but it's not typically required. One of Cinnabon's evaluation methods is their shadow training at a Cinnabon location. If you perform well, your chances of being approved might go up. Once you pass the initial qualifying steps, you might undergo a series of training, including a bakery manager training program and grand opening support. 

The construction of your Cinnabon site may depend on the build-out and location. But once it's ready to go, the most challenging thing might just be not eating the product!

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Company Overview

About Cinnabon

Industry
Food
Founded
1985
Parent Company
Focus Brands LLC
Leadership
Tracey Young, Chief Brand Officer
Corporate Address
5620 Glenridge Dr. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30342

Business Overview

Franchising Since
1986 (37 years)
# of employees at HQ
63
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchisees in the following international regions: Asia, Middle East, Europe (Eastern), Europe (Western), Canada

# of Units
1,807 (as of 2022)

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Cinnabon 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
$5,500 - $30,500
Initial Investment
$112,000 - $546,800
Net Worth Requirement
$300,000 - $580,000
Cash Requirement
$40,000 - $260,000
Veteran Incentives
$10,500 off full bakery franchise fee
Royalty Fee
6%
Ad Royalty Fee
1.5-3%
Term of Agreement
20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes
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Financing Options

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Third Party Financing
Cinnabon has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

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
36 hours
Classroom Training
20 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Yes
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes
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Updated: December 12th, 2022