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Initial investment
$1.4M - $5.2M
Units as of 2022
366 11% over 3 years

Company Overview

The first Hooters Restaurant opened in Clearwater, Florida, in 1983. The company, known for its Hooters Girls waitresses, began franchising in 1986. The beach-theme restaurants feature sports displayed on flat-screen TVs and a menu offering seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken wings and alcohol.

About Hooters

Industry
Food
Founded
1983
Parent Company
Hooters of America LLC
Leadership
Sal Melilli, CEO
Corporate Address
1815 The Exchange
Atlanta, GA 30339

Business Overview

Franchising Since
1986 (37 years)
# of employees at HQ
180
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
366 (as of 2022)

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Hooters 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
$75,000
Initial Investment
$1,438,250 - $5,231,250
Net Worth Requirement
$2,500,000 - $3,000,000
Cash Requirement
$1,500,000
Veteran Incentives
10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
5%
Ad Royalty Fee
2%
Term of Agreement
20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes
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Financing Options

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Third Party Financing
Hooters 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
942 hours+
Classroom Training
64.5 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Social Media
SEO
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
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Updated: December 12th, 2022