Howard Johnson by Wyndham

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Franchise 500 2023
2023 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Ranked #421 last year
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Initial investment
$281K - $10.2M
Units as of 2022
299 Decrease 11% over 3 years

Howard Dearing Johnson opened a soda fountain at a medicine shop he'd purchased in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1925. With an old-fashioned freezer, Johson made strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream, adding hamburgers and hotdogs later to what was to become Howard Johnson's restaurant.

Ten years later, Howard Johnson's sandwich stands and ice cream shops numbered 25 in the state of Massachusetts. In another five years, Howard Johnson's restaurant hit 100 stores all along the Atlantic coast. By 1954, there were 400 restaurants in operation. In the same year, the Howard Johnson guest chain facilities opened their first franchise location in Savannah, Georgia.

With over 150 franchises in the U.S. and a strong international presence, Howard Johnson by Wyndham offers franchisees the opportunity to establish and run a well-recognized hotel brand.

What Makes Howard Johnson by Wyndham franchise an attractive option?

As part of the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, a Howard Johnson is a smaller guest facility with contemporary mid-market furnishings and conservatively sized meeting rooms. A full-service restaurant is preferred, but guests are offered a free continental deluxe breakfast if a location doesn't have one.

A Howard Johnson location may have curb appeal, offering extensive banquet options as well as room service, express check-out, a fitness center, and a swimming pool.

Even though the franchisor recommends that you manage the hotel, you can hire an individual manager or management company with significant hospitality experience. Howard Johnson by Wyndham may be a good opportunity for you if you have experience in the hospitality industry and a passion for serving others. 

What Might Make Howard Johnson by Wyndham Franchise a Good Choice?

Howard Johnson by Wyndham offers development incentives to aid with the conversion or construction of your facility. As a franchisee, you can implement a transformative guest experience with innovation alongside the longstanding Wyndham tradition. You'll be part of hundreds of franchises in North America and international markets, operating in the economy and midscale segment of modern hospitality.

Complimentary rise and dine breakfast, along with high-speed Wi-Fi internet, are trademarks of the Howard Johnson by Wyndham brand. You may operate as a full-service primary destination with an experience that includes a restaurant, fitness facilities, bar, and business and event facilities, depending on the total investment and location size. If your franchise is part of the luxury Wyndham vacationing chain, your location may also offer amenities like spas, golf, beach facilities, or tennis.

How to Open Your Own Howard Johnson by Wyndham Franchise

When you choose to franchise a Howard Johnson by Wyndham location, you will need to make an initial investment. The scale of the lodge will determine investment sizes; the Howard Johnson scale includes extended stay, value, midscale, lifestyle, upscale, and distinctive. 

As you make your decision to purchase a Howard Johnson by Wyndham franchise, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it will not allow for a large amount of  growth.

After your initial investment, you may need to complete training with Howard Johnson by Wyndham to learn their business practices and values. You might even learn how to make lasting connections with guests as they visit your location.

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Company Overview

About Howard Johnson by Wyndham

Industry Lodging
Related Categories Hotels & Motels
Founded 1925
Parent Company Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Leadership Geoff Ballotti, CEO
Corporate Address 22 Sylvan Wy.
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Social Facebook, Instagram

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1954 (69 years)
# of employees at HQ 8,000
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units 299 (as of 2022)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Howard Johnson by Wyndham 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 Information Circle
Initial Investment Information Circle
$280,553 - $10,196,598
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
50% off application/franchise fees; development incentive of up to $4,000/room
Royalty Fee Information Circle
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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.

In-House Financing Howard Johnson by Wyndham offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, inventory
Third Party Financing Howard Johnson by Wyndham has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 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 Up to 30 hours
Classroom Training 41-81 hours
Ongoing Support
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

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