Scooter's CoffeeCoffee, espresso, smoothies, pastries, breakfast items
- 2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#103 Ranked #225 last year
- Initial investment
$512K - $890K
- Units as of 2021
317 69.5% over 3 years
About Scooter's Coffee
More from Scooter's Coffee
Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast. Our business model is built around speed and service. Combining coffeehouse quality with drive-thru speed, our focus is on fast and friendly coffee. Our drive-thru coffee kiosks are built to serve as many customers as possible, as quickly as possible. That means more money for our franchisees.
Franchising since 2001, Scooter’s Coffee has over 300 locations with another 140 slated to open in 2021 alone. Scooter’s Coffee is projecting 1,000 locations by 2024. We currently have available territories in 28 states across the U.S.
Scooter’s Coffee offers two build out models: the drive-thru coffee kiosk and drive-thru coffeehouse. With the importance of site selection, we don’t leave anything to chance. The Scooter’s Coffee real estate team will analyze years of sales data to ensure optimal site selection in your market and work hand in hand with you throughout the entire build out process.
We also take pride in the continuous support we provide franchisees even after they open. From training to marketing to product innovation, we never stop strengthening our system and resources. We believe in high quality products, not just for our customers, but for our franchisees as well. When you join Scooter’s Coffee, you have a whole team of industry experts behind you to help you succeed.
In fact, we feel so strongly about having high quality products, Scooter’s Coffee has built its own distribution company, Harvest Roasting. This centralized supply company elevates the economies of scale provided by buying supplies for the entire system.
Scooter’s Coffee is ranked #103 – up from #225 – on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® and is #49 on Franchise Gator’s Top 100. Scooter’s Coffee was also the winner of the Franchise Times Zor Award in the Get Caffeinated category.
We are looking for people with an interest in growing the Scooter’s Coffee brand. Do you share our values of integrity, love, humility, and courage? Then we want to talk to you! Candidates are required to have a minimum net worth of $500K, with liquid assets of $100K. No previous business ownership required.
#BeAmazing, join Scooter’s Coffee.
- Franchising Since
- 2001 (20 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
- # of Units
- 317 (as of 2021)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Scooter's Coffee 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
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $512,000 - $890,000
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- $20,000 credit toward first-year product
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Scooter's Coffee has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
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
- 104 hours
- Classroom Training
- 56 hours
- Additional Training
- At existing coffeehouse
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Ad TemplatesRegional AdvertisingMarketing Planning & SupportSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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