Updated June 15, 2021.
Detailed Estimates of Kilwins Chocolates Franchise Costs Based on Item 7 (Estimated Initial Investment) of Kilwins Chocolates’ 2021 Franchise Disclosure Document
1. Initial Franchise Fee: $30,000 to $40,000
2. Lease/Rent: $2,550 to $10,010
- If you do not own a location for your Store, you must purchase or lease a space. The estimate above is for one month of rent. You will probably need to lease a space at least four months in advance and be prepared to pay first and last month rent; however, you may attempt to negotiate an abatement from the landlord.
- Store locations include resort and tourist areas, downtown storefronts, entertainment centers, and shopping centers.
- For Stores opened from 2019 to 2020, lease rates per square foot ranged from $25.50 to $120, with annual rates between $30,600 and $120,120 and are representative of the first year rent for 21 stores.
- Monthly rents for the stores opened in Kilwins’ target size range in the past two years ranged from $2,550 to $10,010.
3. Plans and Construction (includes architectural and building permits): $155,000 to $424,985
- Kilwins will provide you, at no charge, its Manual and construction requirements based on an AutoCAD formatted layout to include an equipment schedule and specifications for the Store. You must adapt, at your expense, the layout Kilwins provides, subject to its approval.
- Kilwins provides no other drawings unless it offers you the option to engage it to construct a Kilwins-Build Store and sign an Architectural and Engineering Agreement and a Store Construction Agreement with it.
- If Kilwins offers you the option to engage it to construct a Kilwins-Build Store, Kilwins will hire an architect and contractor, obtain permits and a certificate of occupancy, and you will pay the Cost of Work (which will be equal to the plans and construction costs, plus a construction management fee of 10%). These costs do not include sales or use tax applicable to your location. Construction costs including markup, but without architectural fees for a Kilwins-Build Store, range from $99.06 to $330.09 per square foot.
4. Store Construction Oversight and Review Fee: $5,000
5. Equipment: $83,593 to $180,208
- The franchisor requires franchisees to purchase equipment needed to operate the Store, such as ice cream dipping cases, walk-in freezers, refrigerators, marble tables, stoves (gas or electric), sinks, cabinetry, fixtures, graphics, and many other miscellaneous items. You will need to obtain the exact equipment Kilwins specifies and in some cases from the vendor it specifies.
- If you enter into the Equipment Management Agreement, Kilwins will procure the equipment used in the Store, and you will pay the cost of equipment (which will be equal to Kilwins’ cost to procure and manage the installation of select items from the equipment list, plus a 7.5% management fee).
6. POS: $11,135 to $14,701
- Kilwins requires its franchisees to purchase a Kilwins Point of Sale (POS) system consisting of a PC-based hardware platform combined with proprietary Kilwins POS software. The costs reflect a 7.5% equipment management fee.
7. Inventory: $23,787 to $44,279
- Start-up inventory of products and supplies will vary based on expected volume of business and size of storage areas in the building. This estimate is for the initial inventory only.
- If you elect to have Kilwins construct a Kilwins-Build Store, it will install an opening merchandise inventory in a quantity and variety that it estimates is appropriate for the size, location, and market of your Store.
- These costs reflect all available discounts offered by affiliated suppliers.
8. Signs and Awnings: $5,014 to $21,193
- Kilwins will provide assistance to you in designing your signs and awnings; you must submit the final design to Kilwins for its review and approval. You will pay your sign and awning fabricator directly.
- If you elect to have Kilwins construct a Kilwins-Build Store, it will obtain and install the signs and awnings used in the Store, and it will charge you a management fee for its services equal to 7.5% of the signage cost.
9. Advertising: $5,000
- Kilwins will assist you in tailoring a marketing plan appropriate to your market and Store. The estimate is for the initial marketing efforts you will need to make, which include the Grand Opening marketing program.
10. Insurance: $2,621 to $28,751
- This estimate is for the annual premium for the policies required under the Franchise Agreement. You must obtain general liability insurance and product liability insurance with minimum limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence, $2,000,000 in the aggregate, which you will have to obtain through third parties, such as your own insurance agent.
- The range does not include Florida coastal locations.
11. Training Expenses: $1,341 to $6,000
- The estimates assume travel, meals, auto, and lodging, for two individuals. The cost you incur will vary depending upon factors such as the distance traveled, mode of transportation, per diem expenses actually incurred, and the number of persons who will attend training.
- If you send more than two persons to attend training, Kilwins estimates that the additional cost, on a per person basis, will range from $1,000 to $3,000.
12. Business Licenses: $50 to $2,010
- Local, municipal, county, and state regulations vary on what licenses and permits are required by you to operate. These fees are paid to governmental authorities before starting business.
13. Professional Fees: $1,500 to $11,046
- The estimate is for legal, accounting, administrative, traffic studies, demographic studies, and miscellaneous other professional fees that you may incur before you open for business, including (among other things) to assist you in reviewing the Franchise Agreement.
14. Additional Funds (3 months): $20,000 to $76,000
- You will need additional capital to support on-going expenses, such as payroll and utilities, to the extent that these costs are not covered by sales revenue.
- You will need to have staff on-hand before opening to prepare the Store for opening, training, orientation, and related purposes. Kilwins estimates that you will need approximately 100 hours of staff time to get ready for your opening.
15. Security Deposits: $150 to $1,800
- The figure is the estimated cost of telephone and utility deposits.
16. Total: $346,742 to $870,984
- Kilwins relied on its own experience and information provided to it by its franchisees when preparing these figures.