Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson


Initial Investment

LOW: $162,320
HIGH: $8,731,136

Change in Units

-3.9% -16 UNITS (1 Year)
-7.7% -32 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1954 (62 Years)

Corporate Address

22 Sylvan Wy. Parsippany, NJ 07054


Geoff Ballotti

Parent Company

Wyndham Hotel Group

Ticker Symbol

About Howard Johnson

With a loan of $500, Howard Dearing Johnson purchased a small patent medicine shop in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1925. He used an old-fashioned, hand-cranked freezer in the store's basement to make vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream for the shop's soda fountain. Three years later, with menu additions like hot dogs and hamburgers, he opened the first Howard Johnson's Restaurant. By 1935, there were 25 Howard Johnson ice cream and sandwich stands in Massachusetts. Five years later, with more than 100 restaurants on the Atlantic Coast, Johnson opened the first turnpike restaurant on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 1954, when the company operated 400 restaurants, the first Howard Johnson hotel opened in Savannah, Georgia.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$162,320 - $8,731,136

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Howard Johnson offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs

Howard Johnson has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
startup costs, equipment, inventory

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 112

Lowest Rank: 349

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 3-4 days

Training at headquarters: 4 days

Ongoing Support
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Regional Media
National Media

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Updated: September 30th, 2016

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