Macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, chips, fries
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James Christiano and Cody Kilroy founded Cheezly’s in 2018. Their love for cheesy food and the idea to create a big restaurant chain brought them together. They took the time to develop a proven business model and began franchising two years later.

Cheezly’s started off on a vacant plot of land in a custom-built food trailer before opening their first store in New York. Cheezly's had to move to a traditional brick-and-mortar storefront after the success of their food trailer. They offer a wide range of seriously cheesy dishes. Customers may have the option to order online for pickup or delivery.

Why You May Want To Start a Cheezly’s Franchise

If you like cheesy food and pride yourself in customer satisfaction, Cheezly’s could be an excellent franchise for you. Cheezly’s is actively pursuing prospective franchisees who fit the Cheezly’s business model. Franchisees should have a good work ethic, determination, and a love of new opportunities. Having restaurant experience is essential, and some business knowledge can be highly beneficial. 

Franchisees who fit the bill may enjoy being surrounded by like-minded franchisees who are committed to operational excellence and the advancement of their businesses. 

Cheezly’s also offers the opportunity for digital kitchens. This concept provides an entirely digital experience where customers place their orders online and have their meals delivered to them without having a traditional storefront to operate and maintain.

What Might Make a Cheezly’s Franchise a Good Choice?

As a franchisee, you'll be working alongside the Cheezly’s corporate team. Together, you'll strive towards the protection and betterment of the brand as a whole. To do this, employees will need to be trained according to company standards, and operating standards need to be adhered to at all times. You will need to build a loyal customer base through advertising and otherwise promoting the franchise.

To be part of the Cheezly’s 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.

Cheezly’s may offer a discount on the franchise fee for veterans who were honorably discharged if they meet the qualifications.

How To Open a Cheezly’s Franchise

As you decide if opening a Cheezly’s 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 Cheezly’s 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 the Cheezly's franchise, take time to research and learn whether this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Cheezly’s franchising team questions. Is it time to make your cheesiest dreams come true?

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About Cheezly's

Related Categories Miscellaneous Quick-Service Restaurants
Founded 2018
Leadership Jim Christiano, Founder & CEO
Corporate Address 17 Centereach Mall
Centereach, NY 11720
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2020 (2023-2020 years)
# of employees at HQ 6
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units 1 (as of 2020)

Information for Franchisees

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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.

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$124,500 - $434,950
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$10,000 off franchise fee
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20 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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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 40 hours
Classroom Training 40 hours
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Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
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Updated: December 12th, 2022