- 2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#117 Ranked #354 last year
- Initial investment
$302K - $492K
- Units as of 2020
85 46.6% over 3 years
About Uptown Cheapskate
More from Uptown Cheapskate
Fast-growing resale clothing franchise is looking for hungry entrepreneurs
Take the thrift store experience where it’s never been before as an Uptown Cheapskate franchise owner
As the secondhand clothing industry explodes, we are working to meet the demand for a more sustainable way to shop by offering franchise opportunities to ambitious entrepreneurs. We are leaders in the second-hand fashion industry focused on serving the communities in which we exist and offering an upscale resale shopping experience.
You Won’t do it Alone
The decision to franchise with Uptown Cheapskate means that you’re never going to be alone in your business. We know that the majority of our franchisees join our brand without any prior experience in the retail industry, and many have never owned a business before. It’s for this reason that Uptown Cheapskate has designed an industry-leading training and ongoing support platform designed to help you thrive in business from day one and every day after.
Find Purpose in your Entrepreneurial Pursuit
The best kind of entrepreneurs know that there’s more to life than making money – it’s what you do with that money that’s important. Likewise, business owners know that they’re not in business by themselves, especially if they’re successful because it takes an entire community to make a business successful.
Our franchise owners deliver an unmatched resale shopping experience that provides tremendous savings on in-fashion items all year long. More than that, our owners are committed to giving back, donating thousands of items to local charities every year.
Hear it from our Franchisees
- Franchising Since
- 2008 (13 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Australia/New Zealand, Europe (Eastern), Europe (Western), Central America, Canada, South America, Mexico
- # of Units
- 85 (as of 2020)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Uptown Cheapskate 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
- $301,579 - $491,579
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% off franchise fee
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
- Uptown Cheapskate 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
- 33 hours
- Classroom Training
- 65.5 hours
- Additional Training
- At existing store
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd 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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