DirectBuy Inc.

DirectBuy Inc.

Consumer buying club
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
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Initial investment
$359K - $904K
Units as of 2015
52 -51.4% over 3 years

Company Overview

James L. Gagan founded UCC TotalHome in 1971 and began franchising the following year. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, the private company has over 90 locations throughout North America.

About DirectBuy Inc.

Industry
Services (Other)
Founded
1971
Parent Company
United Consumers Club Inc.
Leadership
Mike Bornhorst, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1972 (49 years)
# of employees at HQ
330
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Canada

# of Units
52 (as of 2015)

Franchisor Information

Social
Facebook, Twitter
Corporate Address
8450 Broadway, P.O. Box 13006
Merrillville, IN 46411-3006

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a DirectBuy Inc. 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
$75,000
Initial Investment
$359,000 - $904,000
Net Worth Requirement
$100,000 - $200,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000 - $200,000
Veteran Incentives
20% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
22%
Ad Royalty Fee
3%
Term of Agreement
12 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing
DirectBuy Inc. offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee

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
5 weeks
Classroom Training
4 weeks
Additional Training
At regional meetings
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Online Support
Field Operations
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
9-12
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021