East of Chicago Pizza is a proven franchise system, which has thrived for over twenty years in the ultra-competitive pizza industry. We have more than 80 locations in six states and in 2013, East of Chicago continued its impressive growth by surpassing 48 consecutive months of same-store-sales increases, the addition of 12 new locations, all while breaking the $30 million mark in franchise-wide sales.
WHO ARE MY CUSTOMERS?
They could be anybody. East of Chicago Pizza appeals to all ages and is priced for any income level.
After 20 years, we’ve developed some specific data regarding the bulk of our customers from market studies and national pizza segment demographics. Generally speaking, our typical customer:
• Has a household income exceeding $25,000.
• Is 18 to 49 and looking to purchase a pizza with quality, value and convenience influencing their decision.
• Leads a busy lifestyle and orders delivery or goes out to eat several times per week.
WHO MAKES A GOOD EAST OF CHICAGO PIZZA FRANCHISEE?
Opening an East of Chicago Pizza franchise does not require past experience. If you have experience, it is an advantage since you already understand the time commitment and what it takes to be successful. If you don’t have experience, you are in a great situation since you don’t have any pre-existing ideas about what you should be doing. Our experienced team of support personnel will help you make the most of your time and answer any questions. Plus, you can take advantage of the experience and wisdom of our franchisees, area developers, and our vendors.
Our ideal candidate has a background in restaurant management, preferably franchise restaurants; strong management skills; the ability to consistently motivate themselves and those around them; and the willingness to devote time and energy to the business.
WHAT ARE MY STARTUP COSTS?
Compared to some other pizza franchise systems, East of Chicago Pizza is a fairly low-investment proposition. Here’s a rundown of our startup costs:
Franchise Fee: $20,000
Lease and utility deposits: $10,000–$15,000
Business licenses and permits: $1,000–$3,000
Leasehold improvements: $30,000–$152,000
Restaurant furniture, fixtures and equipment: $35,000–$142,000
Office equipment and supplies: $2,000–$5,000
P.O.S. computer/cash register, software, training and installation: $17,000–$21,500
Initial inventory: $8,000–$25,000
Grand opening advertising: $5,000–$10,000
Legal and accounting: $4,000–$7,500
Additional funds (payroll, working capital): $17,000–$40,000
We’ve begun an aggressive nationwide expansion.
East of Chicago has established a nationwide distribution network. We have identified key territories for immediate expansion. If you are interested in an area agreement, East of Chicago is prepared to assist you with your new territory.
STEP 1:Request For Consideration. When you have researched us online and are interested enough to begin a conversation with us, filling out the form will move you to the next step, which is our initial webinar. We’ll be in touch with you shortly after you fill out the form and will schedule an appointment.
STEP 2: Introductory Webinar. We have a 10-minute presentation followed by open Q&A. This is an informative and personalized introduction to what we do, how we do it, and, most important, what’s in it for you.
STEP 3: Receive our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). After the webinar, we’ll send you our franchise application and a non-disclosure agreement. Once you have completed these and faxed them back to us, we’ll send you an electronic copy of our FDD. You’ll need to sign, date and return the receipt page as soon as you get it.
STEP 4: Sample our food/learn about our culture. This is by far the most important step. We want you to try our product (hot out of the oven) at one of our stores. Visiting a location, seeing how we make the dough fresh every day, and eating our food will help you understand our culture and why East of Chicago is so successful.
STEP 5: Execute Agreements. When you sign and return the FDD receipt, a 14-day clock starts ticking. The Federal Trade Commission mandates a two-week waiting period before you finalize your agreement. We’ll deliver your completed agreements for the territory you selected, then you sign the contracts and start the next chapter of your life!
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THE EAST OF CHICAGO PIZZA STORY
In 1991, East of Chicago Pizza was founded on our signature fresh pan pizza, devotion to quality, and the belief customers deserve the best tasting pizza with every bite. We believe our commitment to these three principles is the driving force behind our growth and success.
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