- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#378 Ranked #476 last year
- Initial investment
$146K - $429K
- Units as of 2022
52 160.0% over 3 years
From acai, pitaya, and coconut bowls to smoothies, natural juices, artisan toast, and everything in between, Acai Express Superfood Bowls has been serving active, health-conscious fruit lovers since 2013. Acai Express Superfood Bowls works to complete a mission to marry an active lifestyle and an appreciation for honest, organic, and nutrient-rich foods.
Hector Westerband started the Acai Express Superfood Bowls and smoothie concept in Puerto Rico with the goal to create a franchise system that would be easy to operate and scale. When Westerband's food trucks grew from one to thirteen, it became clear that a proven business concept was born. Today, the quick-service bowl and smoothie concept may appeal to the health-conscious in every generation.
Why You May Want to Start an Acai Express Superfood Bowls Franchise
If you are passionate about living and advocating for a healthy and active lifestyle, Acai Express Superfood Bowls may be a good fit for you and your business aspirations. If your liquidity matches their requirements, you may qualify to open an Acai Express Superfood Bowls franchise.
While no restaurant experience is needed, you will receive training from corporate to start you off on the right foot. Franchisees will need to work hand-in-hand with Acai Express Superfood Bowls to build, stock, train, prepare and launch their Acai Express Superfood Bowls franchise. They will do this using a proven business model and a dedicated team of professionals that will guide them every stel of the way.
What Might Make an Acai Express Superfood Bowls Franchise a Good Choice?
If you're looking to join a business passionate about healthy living and an active lifestyle, you may be the perfect fit for the Acai Express Superfood Bowls way of life. If you decide to join Acai Express Superfood Bowls, you'll need to value communication and transparency as much as they do. You will have access to support from the Acai Express Superfood Bowls team throughout the setup process and for as long as you're running the business.
Acai Express Superfood Bowls helps franchisees with site selection, lease execution, construction, design, coordinating vendors, employee and management training, marketing training, and ongoing support from the moment you sign onto the team. Franchisees also may receive business best practices and operational guidance, so even if you're a first-time business owner, you may find your footing in no time.
How To Open an Acai Express Superfood Bowls Franchise
To be part of the Acai Express Superfood Bowls 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 prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set liquid capital requirements.
Both the franchisee and Acai Express Superfood Bowls will need to go through a mutual evaluation, during which time you will decide if you're a good fit for each other.
Acai Express Superfood Bowls will take new franchisees through a multi-week training program, including one week at their corporate offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico and another in your newly acquired store. The training covers company culture, product offerings, customer service, operations, management, marketing, IT, finances, supply chain, and other crucial information to plant your feet firmly on the path to possible success.
About Acai Express Superfood Bowls
- Franchising Since
- 2014 (2023-2014 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas
- # of Units
- 52 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Acai Express Superfood Bowls 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
- $145,850 - $429,000
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
- $50,000 - $75,000
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of 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.
- In-House Financing
- Acai Express Superfood Bowls offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee
- Third Party Financing
- Acai Express Superfood Bowls has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory
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
- 41 hours
- Classroom Training
- 40 hours
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
- 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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