Howard Johnson by Wyndham

Howard Johnson by Wyndham

Hotels
Total Units
322 42 added in 3 years
11.5%
2021 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
Initial investment
$337K - $9.9M

Company Overview

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.

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About Howard Johnson by Wyndham

Industry
Lodging
Related Categories
Hotels & Motels, Lodging,
Founded
1925
Parent Company
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Leadership
Geoff Ballotti, CEO
Ticker Symbol
WH

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1954 (67 years)
# of employees at HQ
14,200
Where seeking
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
# of Units
322

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
22 Sylvan Wy.
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Information for Franchisees

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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
$35,000 - $38,000
Initial Investment
$336,552 - $9,898,595
Royalty Fee
4.5%
Ad Royalty Fee
4%
Term of Agreement
20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing
Howard Johnson by Wyndham offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, inventory
Third Party Financing
Howard Johnson by Wyndham has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: equipment, inventory

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
Up to 30 hours
Classroom Training
38-70 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
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

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Franchise 500 Ranking History

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