Quick Summary — Smoothie King
Startup Costs: $263,550 to $531,535
Revenue Range: $87,000 – $737,000
What is this franchise about?
For over four decades, Smoothie King has provided customers with smoothies that have a purpose: to promote a healthier lifestyle and support individual goals. It’s more than just throwing fruit into a blender, it’s a balanced blend of ingredients — no additional flavors or artificial ingredients — that satisfies cravings and serves up smiles.
What does it sell — and how is money made?
- Smoothie King owns over 950 units across the globe providing specifically designed smoothies and healthy retail products to meet customers’ goals.
- Each franchise is responsible in operating a unit that offers smoothies consisting of real fruits, fruit juices, and fruit and vegetable purees combined with nutritional supplements, other blended products, and meal replacement items that are custom made to order
- Consumers also benefit from Smoothie King’s nutritional retail merchandise, which includes: vitamins, herbs, supplements, minerals, and nutritious snack items.
What type of entrepreneur is it perfect for?
Being able to give customers a healthy and nutritional product is one thing but being able to contribute to their fitness and lifestyles goals is an even greater achievement. If serving smoothies with a purpose sounds intriguing to you, then this is the right franchise for you.
Locations: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CN, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IO, KA, KE, LO, ME, MD, MS, MI, MN, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PE, RI, SC, SD, TE, TX, UT, VE, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY
Smoothie King Franchise Overview
Smoothie King commitment to Cleaner Blending
Smoothie King is devoted to making every blend better. Their different blends range from Fitness Blends, Slim Blends, Wellness Blends, and Take a Break Blends. Each of these are specifically crafted to help customers reach their health and fitness goals. That means customers get the same great taste with 0 grams of added sugar in many Smoothie King purpose blends. No sacrifices. No compromises. No kidding.
How to start franchising with Smoothie King
1. Complete Franchise Request Form
In order to begin the process, you must first fill our franchise request form. Upon confidential review of your information and preliminary approval, you will be notified of our mutual interest. You can also use the print version (.pdf), complete it fully and fax it to 985.635.6987, attn: Smoothie King Franchise Development Manager. You may want to review our frequently asked questions page.
2. Visit Smoothie King Home Office
A Franchise Development Representative will schedule an interview with you at our Home Office in Dallas, TX. During this visit, you will get an in-depth introduction to the Smoothie King operation and training facilities, meet our executive staff and management team and have the opportunity to visit existing franchise locations.
Smoothie King will evaluate your financial statements, credit history and background information. If necessary, we reserve the right for a second interview. Upon approval, a franchise agreement will be delivered to you.
4. Enter Franchise Agreement
After receiving the agreements and waiting seven calendar days, you will then send back the signed and notarized agreements along with the franchise fee of $30,000. At this point, you are now a Smoothie King franchisee and are ready to get your new business open!
As soon as possible, you will be required to attend a one-day orientation class. At this class we will discuss all of the steps involved in opening your store. This will include budgeting, financing, planning, site selection, ordering, construction and much more. Once complete, you will schedule a meeting with our real estate department to begin the site selection process.
Franchise Success Stories
James Shafer is a muti-unit franchisee of Smoothie King. What makes him unique as a franchisee? He’s not afraid to put in some work. When two of his managers called in sick, Shafer was at the restaurant blending smoothies for customers.
“I think it’s important to show your team that everything is everyone’s job,” Shafer told Smoothie King’s website. “What better way to do that than work a full day in-store?”
Before he began working with the franchise, Shafer operated several cell phone retail stores. Considering his prior experience managing multiple locations, he felt ready to take on multiple Smoothie King locations.
While many may shy away from the opportunity to work with several teams of employees, however, Shafer felt up to the challenge. Considering most of his Smoothie King employees tend to be younger or young adults, he saw this as an opportunity to introduce them to the working world.
“Before, most of my employees were adults. Now they’re younger, and this is probably their first job,” Shafer told Smoothie King. “It’s important to get them started off on the right foot, and I’m excited to be a part of that development.”
“[Wan Kim] came to the US from South Korea to study and became quickly alarmed at how many calories he was taking in. So Kim started replacing greasy meals with nutrient-rich drinks from Smoothie King and developed a love of the brand’s health-focused product.” From Entrepreneur.
“Smoothie King launches ‘clean blending’ platform” From Nation’s Restaurant News.
Smoothie King does work with third parties that can help prospective franchisees finance their franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, among other aspects of the franchising process.
Smoothie King offers thorough training programs and support systems for new franchisees. There are three different phases behind the program, including: orientation, management training, and store opening. Each of the phases is geared towards assisting the new franchisee in opening their Smoothie King location. Not to mention, the franchise also provides ongoing support for franchisees as well.