Cookies By Design

Cookies By Design

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Initial Investment

LOW: $111,500
HIGH: $187,500

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1987 (29 Years)

Corporate Address

1865 Summit Ave., #605 Plano, TX 75074


Gwen Gilliam

Parent Company

The Cookie Bouquet Inc.

About Cookies By Design

When she lost her job, single mother Gwen Willhite had to figure out what to do next. Combining two traditional gifts–flowers and sweets–Willhite developed a new business: Cookies by Design/Cookie Bouquet. Each bouquet was arranged with custom-molded, hand-decorated sugar and cinnamon brown sugar cookies in baskets for all holidays and occasions. The company, which Willhite started in her home, soon grew into a chain of shops that began franchising in 1987. Within 10 years, Cookies by Design/Cookie Bouquet had grown to more than 175 shops in 115 cities across the United States.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$111,500 - $187,500

Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Cookies By Design has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
startup costs, equipment

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 328

Lowest Rank: 437

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following regions/states:
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Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 2 days

Training at headquarters: 2 weeks

Ongoing Support
Toll-Free Line
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Ad Slicks
Regional Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 5

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Updated: July 31st, 2014

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