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1973 (44 Years)
2705 Happy Joe Dr., #I Bettendorf, IA 52722
About Happy Joe's
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.
$310,250 - $1,045,625
Liquid Cash Requirement
Initial Franchise Fee
$25,000 - $30,000
Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new units internationally.
Operations & Franchisor Support
Training Onsite: 5 days
Training at headquarters: 25 days
Absentee Ownership Allowed
Number of employees required to run: 45
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Updated: October 6th, 2016
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