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Starting a quick-serve restaurant can seem like a daunting task. However, we at Simple Simon’s Pizza make the process simple. If you’re interested in opening a pizza place, we’ll outline all of each of the steps to open a franchise restaurant.
1. Discovery – The First Steps to Owning a Restaurant Franchise
Introductory phone call
Once you’ve made the decision to start exploring franchise restaurant opportunities, your first step will be to schedule an introductory phone call with a member of our franchising team. This initial conversation is meant to help us get to know you better and answer any questions you have about franchising with Simple Simon’s Pizza.
During the call, we’ll ask you questions about your experience in the restaurant industry, your financial situation and your business goals. We’ll also tell you more about our company, our franchise model and what it’s like to be a Simple Simon’s Pizza franchisee.
New Franchise application submittal
If you choose to move forward in the process after your introductory call, you’ll fill out and submit a new franchise application. This form helps us gather additional information about you and your business goals.
Financial Approval and FDD Review
After your meeting, we’ll review your application and financials to make sure you meet our requirements for franchising with Simple Simon’s Pizza. If everything looks good, we’ll send you our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which contains detailed information about our company, our franchise model and what is necessary to make the leap to Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise ownership.
Discovery Day at Simple Simon’s Pizza Headquarters
After you’ve had a chance to review the FDD and decide that franchising with Simple Simon’s Pizza is right for you, we’ll invite you to attend a Discovery Day at our headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This day-long event will give you an inside look at our company and our franchise model.
You’ll also visit a local Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise to see our concept in action and meet some of our existing franchisees. This is your chance to ask any remaining questions and get to know the Simple Simon’s Pizza team.
Site Selection and Market Research
After Discovery Day, it’s time to start looking for the perfect location for your Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise. We’ll work with you to select a territory that meets our criteria for population density, demographics and competition.
Once you’ve selected a territory, we’ll provide you with a market research report that contains detailed information about the local economy, consumer spending habits and competition in your area. This report will help you fine-tune your location selection and develop a targeted marketing plan for your new franchise.
Franchise Agreement for Your New Location
After you’ve selected a location and completed your market research, it’s time to sign your Simple Simon’s Pizza Franchise Agreement. This agreement spells out the terms of your franchise, including your initial investment, royalty fees and other important details.
2. Development – From Financing to Finalization of your Franchise Location
The development stage of opening a Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise is when everything comes together to get your restaurant up and running. This process starts with finding the right location and securing financing for your franchise. Once you have a signed lease and the necessary funding in place, our team will help you finalize your build-out plans and get your restaurant ready to open.
Introduction to SBA Lending Specialist
If you need help financing your Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise, we’ll introduce you to a Small Business Administration (SBA) lending specialist. The SBA is a government agency that provides loans and other financial assistance to small businesses.
A lending specialist can help you navigate the SBA loan process and connect you with the resources you need to secure financing for your restaurant endeavor.
Secure Site Location Via Real Estate Contract or Lease on Retail Space
The next step in opening your Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise is to secure a location for your restaurant. We’ll work with you to find a location that meets our criteria for build-out. Once you’ve found a location you like, you can negotiate a lease or purchase contract.
Procure Quotes From Contractors and Equipment Vendors
After you’ve secured a location for your Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise, it’s time to start planning your build-out. We’ll help you develop construction plans and procure quotes from contractors and equipment vendors.
Proceed with Permitting, Build-out and Equipment Ordering
Once you have the necessary financing in place, you can proceed with permitting, build-out and equipment ordering. Our team will help you navigate this process and make sure everything is on track for a successful opening.
After your restaurant is up and running, our team will provide you with comprehensive training on all aspects of the Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise system. This training will cover everything from pizza making and customer service to marketing and management.
Schedule your Location’s Grand Opening!
After you’ve completed training and your restaurant is ready to go, we’ll help you schedule and promote your grand opening. This is an important event for generating buzz about your new franchise and attracting customers.
3. Grand Opening – You’re in Business as a Franchisee!
The grand opening of your business is a huge day for any entrepreneur and that’s no different for a Simple Simon’s Pizza franchisee. Our team will help you plan and strategize the promotion of your grand opening and our team will be on hand to support you on opening day.
This is an exciting time for you and your franchise, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. With our support, you’ll be ready to open your doors and start serving delicious pizza to your community in no time.
Market prep via social media
As you get closer to your grand opening date, we’ll help you prepare for the launch of your Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise with marketing assets to start your own social media marketing campaign. This campaign will generate buzz about your new restaurant and help you attract customers on opening day.
Opening day support
On opening day, our team will be on-site to support you and answer any questions you may have. We’ll also help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise so you can start serving pizza to your community as quickly as possible.
Pizza Preview Night
Before your grand opening, we’ll host a Pizza Preview Night for you and your invited guests. This is a great opportunity to show off your new restaurant and give your guests a taste of what’s to come.
After all of the preparations are complete, it’s time for your grand opening! This is an exciting time and we’ll be here to celebrate with you and ensure all of the details are running smoothly during your big event. Plus, we’ll stop by regularly to ensure everything continues to run smoothly for you and your team in the months ahead.
4. Open a Franchise with Simple Simon’s Pizza
Are you ready to open your own Simple Simon’s Pizza franchise? We’re here to help you. From finding a location to training and ongoing contact and support, our franchisee’s have the guidance and assistance they need to be successful. Plus, our straightforward franchising process can get you up and running in as little as six to eight months.
If you’re interested in franchising with us, reach out for more information and a member of our team will be in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you!