Happy Joe's
Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, frozen yogurt

About
Founded

1972

Franchising Since

1973 (45 Years)

Corporate Address

2705 Happy Joe Dr., #I
Bettendorf, IA 52722

CEO

Lawrence Whitty

Financial Requirements
Initial Investment

$310,250 - $1,045,625

Net-worth Requirement

$500,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$300,000

Ongoing Fees
Initial Franchise Fee

$25,000 - $30,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

4.5%

Ad Royalty Fee

3.5%

Support Options
Ongoing Support

Purchasing Co-ops

Newsletter

Meetings/Conventions

Toll-Free Line

Grand Opening

Online Support

Security/Safety Procedures

Field Operations

Marketing Support

Co-op Advertising

Ad Templates

National Media

Regional Advertising

On-The-Job Training:

5 days

Classroom Training:

25 days

Absentee Ownership Allowed
Number of Employees Required to Run:

45

Bio
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.
Cost
Initial Investment: Low - $310,250 High - $1,045,625
Units

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:

Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following regions/states:
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming, Midwest, Southwest, Canada, Middle East, Mexico, Western Europe
Franchise Financing
Using 401(K)/IRA Funds
  • Tax Penalty-Free
  • Debt Free
  • Expert Guidance
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Disclaimer

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Updated: September 11th, 2017
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