Steps to Become a Franchisee
It’s no surprise that opening a restaurant takes time and hard work. That’s why we provide you with a talented support team and a highly efficient opening process. On average, it could take six to eight months from the time you begin your journey until the day you open your doors. Below is an outline of the various steps you will encounter along the way.
Step 1: Complete Your Blimpie Franchise Application
Start the process today by submitting a completed Blimpie franchise application via online, mail or fax. A Blimpie representative will review and respond to your submitted application and send you Blimpie’s Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
Step 2: Receive a Franchise Disclosure Document
Once you submit an application, a Blimpie representative will review and respond to you directly and send over Blimpie’s Franchise Disclosure Document. The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) explains the Blimpie franchise in detail and includes a sample franchise agreement. After we receive your signed acknowledgement of the FDD receipt, you can begin the discovery process of owning your own Blimpie restaurant.
Step 3: Complete Discovery and Sign Your Blimpie Franchise Agreement
Blimpie’s Franchise Development team will assist you with the research and further learning opportunities needed when making this type of commitment. Conversations with your designated Blimpie representative will be essential to your sub sandwich franchise due diligence. Validation calls to Blimpie franchisees and visiting existing Blimpie stores will also be beneficial. Upon mutual approval to move forward as a new Blimpie sub sandwich franchise owner, you will sign a Blimpie franchise agreement.
Step 4: Secure Your Blimpie Sub Sandwich Franchise Location
Finding a premier location for your sub sandwich business is essential. With help from a Blimpie Representative, an authorized broker or your designated regional Blimpie representative, we provide assistance in finding and selecting a great location for your sub sandwich restaurant. We are with you every step of the way!
Step 5: Build & Outfit Your Blimpie Sub Sandwich Restaurant
With the help of your designated Blimpie representative, the build-out process begins, including site plans and design specifications. Blimpie works with industry leaders to design and build your sub sandwich restaurant, ensuring that each location matches the established brand identity. Your designated Blimpie representative will help you with your official construction documents, including mechanical, plumbing and electric plans, as well as assist with any build-out/design questions you or your contractor may have.
Step 6: Open Your Blimpie Sub Sandwich Restaurant
To maximize the grand opening for your Blimpie sub sandwich franchise location, we recommend working with your designated Blimpie Marketing Manager to start planning your Grand Opening four to eight weeks prior to your scheduled opening. As we mentioned earlier, your training will include a five day course at KTEC (Kahala's Training and Education Center), as well as an additional ten days of in-store training at a Blimpie Training Store. You will receive a grand opening kit complete with banners, posters, balloons, menu fliers and loyalty cards. You will also be presented with a detailed local store marketing manual which includes ideas and specific examples of successful local store marketing initiatives used by your fellow Blimpie franchisees.
Throughout the entire opening process you will be in constant contact with your Blimpie team. Together you’ll work through a checklist from the time you sign your Blimpie franchise agreement to the time you open your doors to your first sub sandwich restaurant customers. Rest assured that when you become part of the Blimpie sub sandwich franchise family, you’ll never be alone.