Kampgrounds of America (KOA)

Kampgrounds of America (KOA)

Campgrounds and RV Parks
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#413 Ranked #363 last year
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Initial investment
$30K - $9.2M
Units as of 2020
519 4.8% over 3 years

Company Overview

Dave Drum started Kampgrounds of America in 1961. He and other Billings, Montana, businessmen set up camping facilities off highways 87 and 212 in 1962, when the World’s Fair in Seattle was attracting tourists along those routes. As he started franchising that year, Drum opened a system of campgrounds along America’s highways. He was forced to use a “k” in “kampgrounds” instead of a “c” because of a copyright challenge.

KOA campgrounds offer hot showers, clean restrooms, laundry facilities, convenience stores, swimming pools and playgrounds. Eight of every 10 KOA campgrounds is within 100 miles of a metropolitan area, and some offer economical lodging for tourist destinations.

The parent company, KOA Holdings, also owns Franchise Services, whose subsidiaries include franchise companies Sir Speedy, PIP Printing and Comprehensive Business Services.

About Kampgrounds of America (KOA)

Industry
Lodging
Related Categories
Campgrounds
Founded
1962
Parent Company
KOA Holdings
Leadership
Toby O'Rourke, President & CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1963 (58 years)
# of employees at HQ
85
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Canada

# of Units
519 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
550 N. 31st St.
Billings, MT 59101

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Kampgrounds of America (KOA) 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
$7,500 - $30,000
Initial Investment
$30,250 - $9,172,925
Net Worth Requirement
$500,000 - $3,000,000
Cash Requirement
$500,000 - $3,000,000
Royalty Fee
8%
Ad Royalty Fee
2%
Term of Agreement
5 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

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

Third Party Financing
Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment

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
24 hours
Classroom Training
31.5 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
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?
Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
4-6
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Ranked #413

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Updated: February 8th, 2021