- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#459 Ranked #372 last year
- Initial investment
$432K - $709K
- Units as of 2022
59 1.7% 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.
About Kolache Factory
- Parent Company
- Kolache Factory
- Dawn Nielsen, COO
- Corporate Address
23240 Westheimer Pkwy., #A
Katy, TX 77494
- Franchising Since
- 2000 (2023-2000 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is offering new franchisees 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
- 59 (as of 2022)
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.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $431,900 - $709,400
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
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-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Interested in ownership opportunities like Kolache Factory? Request a free consultation with a Franchise Advisor now.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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Ranked #1 in Miscellaneous Baked Goods in 2022
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Ranked #459 in 2023
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