Updated December 22, 2020.
Detailed Estimates of Dunn Brothers Coffee Franchise Costs Based on Item 7 (Estimated Initial Investment) of Dunn Brothers Coffee’s 2020 Franchise Disclosure Document
Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop
- Except where otherwise noted, all fees that you pay to the franchisor or its affiliates are non-refundable. Third-party lessors, contractors, and suppliers will decide if payments to them are refundable.
1. Initial Franchise Fees (including training and support fees and grand opening marketing): $32,500 to $37,500
- The Initial Franchise Fees have three components: (i) $5,000 fee for franchise rights, (ii) $7,500 fee for grand opening marketing expenses, and (iii) $25,000 for training and support for a new Dunn Brothers franchisee or $20,000 for a franchisee who already owns and operates a Shop.
- The franchisor also offers discounted Initial Franchise Fees for franchisees committing to open 2 to 3 Shops.
- During a 120-day period beginning 2 weeks before your Shop opens, you must spend a minimum amount of $7,500 on approved grand opening marketing. These funds will be collected upon signing of the Franchise Agreement. Franchisor will reimburse these required fees upon submission of actual costs incurred.
2. Architecture Design, Approval, and Permit Fees: $3,000 to $22,700
- The franchisor encourages you to use its designated architect for your blueprints and site plans. If you do not use the designated architect, you must pay the designated architect to review and consent to your blueprints and site plans.
- The current fee for the review of your blueprints and site plans is $3,000.
3. Leasehold Improvements: $144,000 to $190,000
- The Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop ordinarily will be leased rather than owned. The franchisor estimates that an average Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop will have approximately 1,600 to 1,900 square feet.
- The current estimate for an average build out is approximately $120 per square foot with the potential for landlord construction credits ranging from $20 to $30 per square foot.
- The exact cost will depend on several factors, including the condition of the premises, whether you elect to do more than the minimum required renovations, the landlord’s agreement to reimburse you for certain improvements, the size and location of the premises for your Shop, local market conditions, and other economic factors.
- A space previously occupied by a coffee shop or a similar use likely will result in lower leasehold improvement costs.
- The franchisor must approve the leasehold improvements before you begin construction.
- You may incur fewer leasehold improvement expenses if you open a Non-Roasting Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop.
4. Sewer and Water Access Charge: $0 to $10,000
- This amount estimates the connection fees for water and sewer access, assessed by the local municipality, and is based on many factors, including the use, rates, Shop size, and seating capacity.
- The low end assumes these fees are paid by your landlord.
5. Prepaid Rent, Security Deposit, Utility Deposits, Business Licenses, and Attorneys’ Fees: $0 to $16,000
- You usually must pay one-month base rent as a security deposit to the landlord.
- The franchisor estimates that for a Shop having 1,600 to 1,900 square feet, the base rent obligations will be approximately $15 to $35 per square foot, although in certain locations in major metropolitan markets, the monthly base rent may be higher.
- In addition, landlords may require you to pay a percentage of gross sales, to which a credit in the amount of base rent is applied.
- Leases are usually “triple net” and therefore impose an obligation toward common area maintenance costs, insurance charges, real estate taxes and special assessments, HVAC charges, utility charges, water and sewer charges, security charges, trash removal charges, mall charges, promotional and marketing charges, food court charges, and charges for membership in a merchants association.
- This amount also includes utility and security deposits, business licenses, and attorneys’ fees related to your purchase of the Franchise and purchase or lease of your Shop. Deposits are generally refundable, but license fees are not.
6. Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment: $190,200 to $201,393
- To insure uniform quality of products and services throughout the Dunn Brothers Coffee system, you must purchase or lease equipment that the franchisor has approved. The estimated initial investment assumes the franchisee purchases all equipment.
- You and the equipment suppliers will determine the precise amount of any initial or periodic equipment payments at the time of the transaction. The payments ordinarily are not refundable. Investment obligations beyond the initial cash outlay requirements will be necessary and you may finance at your discretion.
7. Roaster and Associated Leasehold Improvements for Venting: $0 to $24,700
- If you open a Non-Roasting Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop, you will not have to purchase a roaster or incur costs for venting.
8. Drive Thru Leasehold Improvements and Equipment: $0 to $15,000
- All shops that operate out of traditional locations will have a drive thru. If you operate a Shop at a non-traditional site (such as convention centers, libraries, or colleges), you will likely not have a drive thru.
9. Travel Expenses While Training: $0 to $4,400
- You must pay travel and living expenses of any person you send to training. In addition, you also may have to pay compensation to any attendee during the training program.
10. Opening Inventory: $9,000 to $12,000
- You must purchase your opening inventory of coffee, coffee beans, beverage-related products, food items, and paper products from approved suppliers. Payments will usually be due to these suppliers when the order is placed. In the future, the franchisor or one of its affiliates may be an approved supplier of these products.
11. Insurance Premiums: $2,800 to $6,700
- Insurance estimates for annual commercial general liability and property premiums, umbrella/excess liability premiums, and workers’ compensation/employer’s liability premiums.
12. Additional Funds – 3 Months: $14,500 to $50,000
- This amount estimates your initial start-up expenses not otherwise mentioned in the table, including payroll costs, rent, advertising, taxes, small wares, paper and cleaning supplies, and telephone hook-up. It does not include product inventory costs beyond the opening inventory costs identified in the table.
- The amounts are estimates, and the franchisor cannot guarantee that you will not have additional expenses starting the business.
- This amount may be lower if you open a Non-Roasting Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop.
13. Total: $396,000 to $590,393
- This total is an estimate of your initial investment and is based upon the franchisor’s estimate of average costs and market conditions prevailing as of the date of the disclosure document and the franchisor’s experience in the business.
- Current Dunn Brothers Coffee Shops may elect to have additional equipment or leasehold enhancements such as a community room, fireplace(s), patios with furniture, walk-in refrigerators and/or freezers, or upgraded esthetics that are not included in the franchisor’s recommended shop design.
- You must bear any deviation or escalation in costs from the estimates in this Item 7 or estimates that the franchisor gives during any phase of the development process.