Kolache Factory

Kolaches, pastries, coffee
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Franchise 500 2023
2024 Franchise 500 Rank
#371 Ranked #459 last year
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Initial investment
$642K - $937K
Units as of 2023
60 Increase 5.3% over 3 years

Kolache Factory was founded in Houston, Texas, in 1981 by co-founders Jerri and John Banks after they recognized the need for fresh, high-quality breakfast. The company is committed to food innovation, craftsmanship, and authenticity by serving fresh kolaches and other specialty products. The brand sources gourmet coffees and diverse traditional pastries such as strudel niks, croissants, and cinnamon rolls.

At first, its co-founders struggled to convince customers to try their fresh, high-quality kolaches. Some people in Houston had never tasted this Eastern European treat before. After implementing various strategies for product awareness, however, it wasn't long before kolaches were in high demand for breakfasts, afternoon snacks, and business meetings. Today, the company has more than 55 units across the United States. Of those 55, over 25 are franchised locations.

Why You May Want to Start a Kolache Factory Franchise

As a Kolache Factory franchisee, you'll enjoy the independence of being your own boss, yet benefit from the company's support. The company's multi-week intensive training program may help you stay well-informed on a wide array of subjects, including food preparation, store operations, customer service, quality control, inventory control, marketing, and cash register systems.

Kolache Factory is a unique company, just like the products it serves, and is passionate about providing its customers with innovative products. The persistent quest for unique experiences using different choices, flavors, and ingredients may be what the factory is all about!

What Might Make a Kolache Factory Franchise a Good Choice?

To some, breakfast is king, commanding respect as one of the strongest-performing meals in the food industry. Pair this with a restaurant chain, and you may be in business! Stocked with more than 25 different kolache varieties, the company strives to produce high-end products that are tasty and affordable for every consumer. 

Some kolaches cost less than a few dollars each, with their more "expensive" kolache equaling out to less than $5.00. This price range may make it easy for someone to pick up a dozen or more for a meeting, breakfast at home, or just to enjoy themselves. 

To be part of the Kolache Factory 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 the existence of ongoing fees that will include advertising fees and royalty fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.

How to Open a Kolache Factory Franchise

The ideal Kolache Factory candidate is passionate about owning a community-oriented business. Having restaurant or bakery experience will work in your favor, but it isn't always necessary. At the very least, however, you'll need to be a strong manager with significant business experience and strong social skills. With Kolache Factory, you have to be involved in daily operations; absentee ownership is not allowed.

Location may or may not be an issue for you, depending on where you're looking to franchise. The Kolache Factory is currently only targeting about a dozen states for franchise opportunities. You may need an area developer agreement for locations outside of this range.

The Franchise Disclosure Document can provide more in-depth information about its opportunities and ownership requirements. This information can help you weigh the pros and cons of moving forward with your own Kolache Factory franchise.

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Company Overview

About Kolache Factory

Industry Food
Related Categories Miscellaneous Baked Goods, Baked Goods, Sandwiches, Miscellaneous Quick-Service Restaurants, Breakfast/Brunch Restaurants
Founded 1982
Parent Company Kolache Factory
Leadership Dawn Nielsen, COO
Corporate Address 23240 Westheimer Pkwy., #A
Katy, TX 77494
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2000 (24 years)
# of employees at HQ 16
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming

# of Units 60 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Kolache Factory 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.

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$641,900 - $937,400
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 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 Kolache Factory 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 220 hours
Classroom Training 7 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
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
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
# of employees required to run 6-8
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022