Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, ice cream
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Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
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Initial investment
$487K - $1.2M
Units as of 2023
41 Increase 0.0% over 3 years

Company Overview

Lawrence Joseph Whitty had worked in the bakery business for years before becoming an assistant manager at a Shakey’s pizzeria. He decided to combine his baking skills with the experience he had gained from working at a pizza restaurant, where he would often hear families decide to go out for ice cream for dessert. Combining pizza and ice cream, Whitty opened the first Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor in East Davenport, Iowa, in 1972. His signature item was the Happy Joe’s Special, a pizza with Canadian bacon and sauerkraut that Whitty created from leftovers in his mother’s kitchen. After a franchisee suggested adding tacos to the menu, Whitty created the restaurant’s best-selling product, the Taco Pizza.

About Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream

Industry Food
Related Categories Pizza, Ice Cream, Miscellaneous Quick-Service Restaurants
Founded 1972
Parent Company Dynamic Restaurant Holdings LLC
Leadership Tom Sacco, CEO
Corporate Address 5239 Grand Ave.
Davenport, IA 52807
Social Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1973 (51 years)
# of employees at HQ 21
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchises worldwide.

# of Units 41 (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
$30,000
Initial Investment Information Circle
$486,850 - $1,164,250
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
$450,000
Cash Requirement Information Circle
$150,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$10,000 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
6%
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
1.5%
Term of Agreement Information Circle
20 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

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

Third Party Financing Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

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 335 hours
Classroom Training 11-21 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
No
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
No
# of employees required to run 45
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
Yes
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Updated: December 12th, 2022