🍟 Week 24: Not Your Typical QSR Franchise
Plus: A legacy KFC franchisee sells out
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Today’s rundown includes:
Headlines: A 90 location KFC owner sells his locations
Franchise of the Week: Taco Bell
Breakdown: Clean Eatz - a hot QSR with multiple revenue streams
Twitter Watch: Chick-Fil-A crushes competitors on a per location basis
Let’s dive in 👇
Fowler Foods sells stake in 90 KFC Locations
After 57 years of ownership of KFC, the Fowler Family sold stakes in their 90 KFC restaurants. They also (in a separate transaction) sold a Taco Bell restaurant.
As these deals typically go, the sale price was not disclosed, but it is widely speculated that the deal terms exceed $100 million.
Fowler Foods President Chris Fowler said,
“It was the right time. There are a lot of people out there that want to grow in this business and it’s their time.
The Wolf’s Take 🍟
This deal reminds me of the recent Pacific Bells sale to private equity. Both CEOs have been in the business for multiple decades, and both decided to cash out after some difficulty during covid.
Chris Fowler’s final quote says it all:
“I’m tired. This was the right time.”
Enjoy a well-deserved retirement, Chris! 🤝
Floyd MayWeather’s Fitness Franchise Goes Global 🥊
The undefeated boxing legend opened locations in Moscow & St. Petersburg
PureGym Launches First US Location 💪
The 500 unit chain from the UK requires no contractual commitment with its affordable model
Franchise of the Week
Taco Bell 🌮
Units Open: 7,567
Investment Range: $576k - $3.4M
Average Revenue per Location: $1.6M
Did you know?
Taco Bell is named after it’s founder, Glen Bell, a California entrepreneur who owned a miniature golf course and a hot dog stand before striking gold with tacos. The very first tacos were just 19 cents!
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Breakdown: Clean Eatz
Founded in 2012; franchising since 2015
Based in North Carolina, 70 locations open & 70+ in development
A unique QSR that focuses on healthy foods & offers additional revenue streams via meal plans, grab N' go, and marketplace products
Fees + Investment
Royalty: 6% of gross sales
Brand Fund: 2% of gross sales
Franchise Fee: $49,500
Initial Investment: $116,000 - $585,000
The below table represents information from 32 franchisees that operated for the full year 2020
The Wolf’s Take 🍟
The numbers speak for themself - median EBITDA of $210k from an investment that will cost anywhere from $116k-$585k is a fantastic return.
I especially like this brand because they prioritize health for their customers, which is something that I think will become increasingly important for restaurants over the coming years.
They also aren’t just a traditional dine-in/take out restaurant, as they offer meal plan selections and pre-packaged food options via their “grab N’ go” program. This differentiates them from competitors, and gives them the ability to reach more customers than the average QSR!
Resources & Press
Twitter Watch 👀
Yes that $5.013M is the average annual revenue of a Chick-Fil-A 🤯
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Stay grindin’ to those with new years workout resolutions 👇
h/t Jerry News
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