The timeline varies depending on a few factors. Generally, with a takeover of an existing food use space, turnaround time is about 6-8 weeks from the close of escrow. If taking over a similar business, then 4-6 weeks. With an empty shell build-out, it could be 3-4 months or longer depending on your county’s permit/inspection process.
California’s initial franchisee fee is $30,000. This fee will cover training (up to 3 people) in our corporate-owned stores in the SF Bay Area, a 2-person support team for your store’s opening, and operational resources for you to get started.
Development estimated cost is $217K to $498K. This cost is dependent on the site size, location, and condition. It includes construction costs, equipment costs, initial raw materials, local agency fees, and additional funds for the early months of operation.
Upon signing a Franchise Agreement, Gong cha will provide sample floor plans, CI files, equipment lists, and more to get you started in building your tea shop. We will also provide feedback on floorplans, location selection, and interior design as needed, based on our previous experience.
For regional/national-wide promotion, the master franchisor will provide and pay for advertising. For local territory promotion, franchisees are responsible for providing their own local advertising. Prior to implementing the promotion, franchisees must let their assigned account manager know the details of the local promotion for approval.