We realize that purchasing a franchise can be an exciting, and sometimes scary, proposition and we are here to help. Below we have compiled some of the questions that we are most frequently asked. If you are still interested after checking them out, simply complete our Franchise Inquiry and we will be in touch soon.
How long does the franchisee application process take?
The application process can happen very quickly or take a year. A lot depends on how quickly you feel comfortable moving. We are happy to keep working with you until we mutually decide to move forward or not. You will never get any high-pressure sales from us.
Does The Donut Experiment assist me with any financing?
TDE does not offer any assistance with financing at this time.
Does The Donut Experiment sell territories?
We are open to the possibility of selling territories based on specific situations. If you are interested in a specific territory or geographic location please contact us for more information.
What is the initial investment for a TDE franchise?
The total investment to open a TDE location is approximately $135,000 to $275,000 (including the franchise fee).
What financial requirements do you require?
We came from limited financial beginnings so we understand that it can be difficult to scrape together the money to start your own business. For this reason, we work with each applicant to determine whether or not they can raise the capital necessary to open a TDE location. We do not want to miss out on working with some great people just because they do not have a big enough bank account.
What characteristics does The Donut Experiment look for in a franchisee?
We are looking for honest, hardworking individuals who are excited about opening their own TDE location. We are building our corporate family and are looking for like-minded people to share in that experience.
I know of a great location for a TDE shop. What should I do?
Please take some time to fill out our franchise inquiry page and we will be in touch!
Will you find a site for me to develop?
You know the area where you work, live and want to open a TDE location. We will share our experiences with site selection and work with you to find that perfect spot.
What type of training will I receive?
As a franchisee, you will receive several weeks of training and opening assistance. We will make sure you are 100% ready to take the helm of your new store before we leave you on your own. In addition, you will have unlimited support from us after opening.
How long does it take to open a TDE Franchise?
There are a lot of variables that go into opening a new store and the timeframe can vary drastically depending on your site selection and geographic location.
What professional qualifications are required to become a TDE franchisee?
We do not have specific “qualifications” for franchisees. Every candidate is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and we are very open to talking with people from all walks of life. Just about anyone can be trained to own/operate a TDE location and no restaurant experience is necessary.
What is the ideal size of a TDE store?
All financial numbers are based on a 1200sf store but smaller and bigger stores are possible. Please contact us for more information.
Does each franchise have an exclusive territory?
Absolutely, we will agree on your specific territory during the application process.
Why should I choose The Donut Experiment over other donut franchises?
TDE is a smaller company and is not a corporate machine. If you want a personal experience where you are not just another number or paycheck, then we are the business for you. We provide an exceptional level of service to our franchisees and value their input. Our goal is to work with our franchisees to successfully grow the company together.
THE DONUT EXPERIMENT® franchises will not be sold to any resident of any jurisdiction until the franchise offering has been exempted from the requirements of, or duly registered in and declared effective by, such jurisdiction* and the required Franchise Disclosure Document has been delivered to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law. Upon inquiry you will be informed if a franchise opportunity is currently available in your state or other jurisdiction. An offer of a franchise is made only by the means of the TDE Franchise LLC Franchise Disclosure Document. Prospective franchisees are encouraged to obtain and carefully read the TDE Franchise LLC Franchise Disclosure Document thoroughly and evaluate any franchise offering with an attorney or advisor before deciding to sign an agreement or spend any money.
*Pre-sale Registration States: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin
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