Frequently Asked Questions
What is an FDD?
Franchise Disclosure Document. This document explains in detail the franchised business, investment requirements, and our mutual rights and obligations in the franchise relationship. It also contains examples of the agreements you will sign to become a franchisee.
What is the franchisee fee?
Franchisee Fee is $40,000
What is the royalty fee? What are the marketing and advertising fees?
The royalty fee is 4% of weekly gross sales. Marketing Fund is currently 0.5% and Local Store Marketing is 1%
If I don’t meet the financial criteria to become a franchisee, can I partner with someone who does?
Yes, you must supply us with an application and personal financial statement for each member of your potential franchise group.
Does Village Inn provide financing for restaurant development?
No, Village Inn does not provide financing.
What do I receive for being a Village Inn franchisee?
A strong brand name known for over 50 years
- Rights to open and operate a Village Inn restaurant
- Initial and ongoing training in all aspects of running the business
- Local area marketing and collateral support
- Business development consultation and field support
- Ongoing research and development
- Peer interaction at owner’s conferences and regional meetings
- Architectural prototype plans and restaurant layout design support
- Proprietary products and volume pricing
- …and much more
What qualifications does Village Inn seek in its potential franchisees?
The minimum non-financial qualifications include previous success in business, supervisory and/or training experience, and the ability to work well with our organization and move forward with the project in a timely manner.
Do I have to work in my restaurant?
No, but we are not looking for absentee owners. If you have prior restaurant management experience, you may complete training to act as the general manager. If you are not planning to work in the restaurant full time, we will require you to hire an experienced manager to operate the Village Inn.
How much money can I make?
We encourage our prospective franchisees to conduct significant due diligence during the discovery process and contact existing franchisees with questions on marketing, finances, sales volumes, operations, etc. The amount of profit or loss is dependent on a number of factors, including the ability of the franchisee to manage the business, drive sales volume, and control operating costs. In addition, we disclose an Item 19 – Financial Representation in our FDD to aid in your due diligence of the franchise opportunity.
How do I know if a Village Inn franchise is right for me?
Like owning and running any small business, a Village Inn franchise is not for everyone. You must be willing to work long hours, be comfortable with such areas as personnel management, financial management, marketing, and business development. Having strong communication, motivation, and customer service skills is also very important in this business. For the right individual or entity, Village Inn can be a very rewarding business opportunity.
What kind of training will I receive?
Each potential franchisee and his or her manager candidates will attend training in a certified training restaurant, complete our comprehensive management-training program and be certified as “Trained” before opening and operating a Village Inn franchise. This in-depth course will familiarize you and your managers with every aspect of Village Inns proven business systems
Will I receive opening assistance and ongoing support?
Yes, after signing the franchise agreement and paying the franchise fee, you will immediately begin receiving assistance from the Village Inn’s training and operations department. Prior to and upon opening, you will receive on-site assistance. Throughout the course of your business operation, you will receive continuous assistance from our operations department. Your assigned franchise business consultant will periodically visit your restaurant for on-site consultation and quality assurance evaluations.
Who will coordinate my grand opening? Will Village Inn provide marketing support?
Your Village Inn Franchise Consultant and a Village Inn Marketing Rep will help you plan & manage your grand opening, as well as provide materials and programs designed to make the grand opening a success. Marketing campaigns, in store POP, menus and advertising material such as TV, radio, print ads, etc are developed and made available to Village Inn franchisee to purchase for use in your market area.