Planet Smoothie’s Entry Point Is Far Lower than Most Food Franchises
A specific menu with minimal equipment needs means a food franchise that can be situated in small spaces, saving on real estate and other expenses
Many entrepreneurs dream of owning a food franchise, but soon come up against the hard reality of the costs associated with a full kitchen of ovens, stoves and other equipment, not to mention seating area and the staff required to make it all work. Now contrast that with a Planet Smoothie® franchise, which is a scalable opportunity with a much lower entry point.
“Even small-scale restaurant franchises that are based on in-line models for food courts or strip malls have a lot of overhead,” explains John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “They cook, so they need stoves and ovens and kitchen space. And that means they also need kitchen staff as well as front-line personnel. A Planet Smoothie franchise removes all that.”
Adaptable site model yields savings
Because a Planet Smoothie franchise can be a stand-alone site, folded into a strip mall or other retail center, and scaled down to fit in a train station, convenience store or even a kiosk in a high-traffic office building, the brand can fit the franchise owner’s growth plans both now and in the future.
“Some first-time franchisee may just want a kiosk while they learn how to own and operate a business,” John says. “Others may be ready for a larger store. Whatever the case, the scalability of a Planet Smoothie franchise means that they can open in the space they have in mind. And because of the fresh nature of Planet Smoothie’s menu, they can avoid the expense of a large onsite storage area for inventory.”
Staffing, equipment have low threshold
That’s not the only way a Planet Smoothie franchise owner can save money from the outset. Blenders are the main — and pretty much only — equipment needed, and staffing is only needed to help customers at the counter.
“Larger restaurants or food-oriented franchise brands need kitchen prep staff, at the very least,” John says. “A Planet Smoothie franchise has counter staff who handle everything from greeting customers to taking orders, making smoothies and then completing the sale. They are well-trained in every aspect of the business, so they can do it all. That makes them versatile and means an owner can do a lot with a small staff pool and salary base. It’s just one more way Planet Smoothie is an economical, easy to operate business opportunity.”
Planet Smoothie is a smoothie franchise that sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use healthier, natural ingredients. In a side-by-side comparison, Planet Smoothie’s products generally have less sugar and fewer calories — a big competitive advantage as Americans actively seek out healthier options. Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as part of the Kahala Brands™ family.