Great American Cookies

Cookies, cookie cakes, brownies
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Franchise 500 2023
2024 Franchise 500 Rank
#274 Not ranked last year
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Initial investment
$196K - $412K
Units as of 2023
410 Increase 8.8% over 3 years

Company Overview

Great American Cookies opened its first store in Atlanta's Perimeter Mall in 1977. From one family chocolate cookie recipe, it added a complete line of cookies and brownies and began franchising in 1978. In addition to regular cookies, most stores feature large plate- or pan-sized cookies with personalized messages for parties or special occasions.
Great American Cookies is part of Global Franchise Group, which also franchises Pretzelmaker, Marble Slab Creamery, and MaggieMoo's.

About Great American Cookies

Industry Food
Related Categories Cookies, Baked Goods, Miscellaneous Baked Goods
Founded 1977
Parent Company FAT Brands Inc.
Leadership Taylor Wiederhorn, Chief Development Officer
Corporate Address 9720 Wilshire Blvd., #500
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Social Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1977 (47 years)
# of employees at HQ 315
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchises worldwide.

# of Units 410 (as of 2023)

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.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$25,000
Initial Investment Information Circle
$195,800 - $412,150
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
$1,500,000
Cash Requirement Information Circle
$500,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
25% off first-store franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
6%
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
4%
Term of Agreement Information Circle
15 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 256 hours
Classroom Training 44 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
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? Information Circle
No
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
No
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
Yes
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Updated: December 12th, 2022