Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc.

Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc.


Initial Investment

LOW: $386,125
HIGH: $540,586

Change in Units

+9.5% +10 UNITS (1 Year)
+18.1% +19 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1982 (34 Years)

Corporate Address

1050 Bay View Rd. Petoskey, MI 49770


Don McCarty

About Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc.

In 1947 Don and Katy Kilwin opened Kilwin's Bakery in Petoskey, Michigan. Soon after opening the bakery, the Kilwins began making candy. Six years later the Kilwins sold their bakery to focus on candy making full-time, and in 1978 sold the candy business to Wayne and Lorene Rose. The Roses began offering Kilwin's franchises in 1982.

Today Kilwin's Chocolates, now owned by Don and Robin McCarty, sells chocolates, fudge and ice cream.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$386,125 - $540,586

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Inc. has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Veteran Incentives

$10,000 off franchise fee

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 251

Lowest Rank: 497

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Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following regions/states:
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Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 5 days

Training at headquarters: 9 days

Additional Training: Online training; store visits

Ongoing Support
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Ad Slicks
National Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 6 - 10

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Updated: July 29th, 2016

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