If Dan Cathy would have kept his bless-ed mouth shut, I wouldn’t have written this post about his Chick fil A franchise being for the birds.
In a nutshell, the food franchise he runs is an empire. And, speaking of birds, even a Cardinal knows that it’s an empire.
Furthermore, for people interested in the franchise costs for a Chick fil A, you need to know that it’s among the lowest cost, most bizarre franchise systems in the world.
In. The. World.
Why The Chik fil A Franchise Is For The Birds
These are the reasons:
1. The Chik fil A franchise fee is only
$5,000. $10,000. Wait. Let’s try that again. How much does a Chick fil A franchise cost?
Again, the franchise fee for franchising one Chik fil A is only $10,000.
In contrast, almost every other franchise opportunity currently being offered in the United States has a franchise fee of around $35,000. But there’s more. There are several other things that make the entire Chick fil A franchising cost low.
Things that make the opportunity a non-franchise in my eyes.
Chick fil A: Costs For This Non-Franchise
- Potential “franchisees” only pay a $10,000 franchise fee
- Franchise operators don’t own a thing
- Franchise operators have no equity in “their” business
- Operators are not allowed to own any other businesses
- Chick fil A chooses the location
- Chick fil A owns the location
As a matter of fact, Chik fil A restaurants are not really “franchise businesses.” Instead, they’re company stores with an Operator in place who pays a $10,000 fee to manage the business and share in the profits.
Chick fil A Franchise | Franchise Costs For Chick fil A
Dan Cathy’s franchising system isn’t even a distant cousin to the typical franchise system seen today all over the world. The low $10,000 Chik fil A franchise cost is the giveaway here. For example, as I said, the average franchise fee for any other franchise is around $35,000. And the total investment cost is close to $200,000 on average. But there’s more.
If you were to buy a Chik fil A franchise, theoretically you would have an opportunity to build equity. Equity = good.
For example, imagine how you would feel, if after working your tail off-and building your franchise business up for 10 years or so, you could sell it and deposit a check for $600,000 into your checking account. Go ahead. Close your eyes and imagine it.
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The $600,000 you just made…that’s called equity. Really. That’s what my friend, Carol Roth, who’s background includes investment banking says, too.
Or, maybe you decide that instead of cashing in, you want to keep things in the family. In other words, you want to pass it on to your heirs. No problem. Just do it.
But, if you “owned” a Chick fil A franchise, you aren’t allowed to do that.
In other words, once your “franchise” agreement is up, it’s up. You can’t sell the business to a family member…or anyone else. Would you like to know why?
Because you don’t own a thing when you’re a Chick fil A franchise owner.
You Bought Yourself a J O B
That’s right. Sometimes (in franchising) you actually are buying a job*.
Like when you write a check for $10,000 to Chick Fil A.
*A high-paying job, supposedly. I read somewhere that the average Chik fil A operator makes around $200,000 a year.
I was going to point out a few other key differences between a real franchise business and a
fake hybrid franchise business model, but I’m way too aggravated to do that now, so I hope you’ll forgive me.
But, if you want to learn more about the greatest business model ever invented, when it’s done the right way, read this franchise article.
What I’m Angry About
Today, I’m angry about the fact that Chick fil A, the food franchise with well over $3 billion dollars in revenue, can get away with calling their “opportunity” a franchise.
That’s because a true franchise business allows people to invest in their own business and have something to show for it when they’re ready to exit it.
A true franchise business is a partnership. (Careful, Joel…the word “partnership” may be considered a dirty word in Chick fil A’s uptight kitchens.)
Finally, I hope I’m not the only one in my industry who feels that Chick fil A is an embarrassment to the franchise industry-because of their butchering of the original and current franchise model.
As a matter of fact, they should be thrown out of whatever franchise association they’re members of. But, not for religious reasons. I’m not going there, again. (Probably) But, I did go there in this post about the President of Chick fil A.
More About Chik fil A
Finally, here’s a video I did about the Chik Fil A “franchise.”
Additionally, in my view, Chick fil A is not a franchise.