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2022 Franchise 500 Rank
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Initial investment
$358K - $676K
Units as of 2021
70 21.3% over 3 years

Company Overview

The first Zoup! opened in 1998 in Southfield, MI, a suburb of Detroit. Over the next five years, the founders opened five more Detroit-area locations, and in 2003 they began to franchise the concept. Zoup! restaurants feature 12 rotating daily varieties of soup, including low-fat, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Made-to-order salads, grilled sandwiches and baked goods are also available.

About Zoup! Eatery

Industry
Food
Founded
1998
Parent Company
Zoup Systems LLC
Leadership
Eric Ersher, Founder & CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
2003 (19 years)
# of employees at HQ
21
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia

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

# of Units
70 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
28555 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Zoup! Eatery 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
$39,900
Initial Investment
$357,900 - $675,500
Net Worth Requirement
$400,000 - $500,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000 - $180,000
Veteran Incentives
$2,500 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
6%
Ad Royalty Fee
2%
Term of Agreement
10 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
Zoup! Eatery 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
222 hours
Classroom Training
31 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
10-14
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021