Learning Express Toys

Learning Express Toys

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Initial Investment

LOW: $199,875
HIGH: $384,150

Change in Units

-1.6% -2 UNITS (1 Year)
0.0% 0 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile

Founded

1987

Franchising Since

1990 (26 Years)

Corporate Address

29 Buena Vista St. Devens, MA 01434

CEO

Sharon DiMinico

Parent Company

Learning Express Inc.

About Learning Express Toys

While chairing the Board of Directors at her childrens' nursery school, Groton Community School, Sharon DiMinico pitched the idea of raising revenue for the school by opening a specialty toy store. The school opened the first Learning Express store in Acton, Massachusetts, in 1987. DiMinico opened a second store in Needham six months later. And in 1990, she began franchising.

Financials

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$199,875 - $384,150

Net-worth Requirement

$300,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$125,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$35,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

5%

Financing Options

Veteran Incentives


$5,000 off franchise fee

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 206

Lowest Rank: 483

  • 2006 - 483
* Not all years were ranked

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 4 weeks

Training at headquarters: 1 week

Additional Training: At toy fair, annual convention

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Internet
Security
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Ad Slicks

Number of employees required to run: 8 - 12

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Updated: June 30th, 2016

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