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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#313 Ranked #181 last year
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Initial investment
$387K - $699K
Units as of 2020
162 1.9% over 3 years

Company Overview

With $1,300, Ohio State University sophomore Jim Grote bought a small pizzeria in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963 and named it Donatos Pizza. He began franchising the concept in 1991. In 1999, McDonald's purchased Donatos, but the Grote family bought it back in 2003. The company continues to franchise throughout the Midwest, South and Southeast, with franchised locations serving pizza, subs, salads and desserts.

About Donatos

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Pizza, Sandwiches
Founded
1963
Parent Company
Donatos Pizzeria LLC
Leadership
Tom Krouse, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1991 (30 years)
# of employees at HQ
72
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia

# of Units
162 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
935 Taylor Station Rd.
Columbus, OH 43230

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Donatos 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
$30,000
Initial Investment
$386,500 - $698,900
Net Worth Requirement
$1,000,000
Cash Requirement
$200,000
Royalty Fee
5%
Ad Royalty Fee
5%
Term of Agreement
20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

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
Donatos 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
48 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
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?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Ranked #313

Franchise 500 Ranking

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Updated: February 8th, 2021