Franchising Opportunities
 
 

Ready to live the sweet life?

Sweet Factory is Franchising

 
 
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America's Favorite Candy Store

Owning a Sweet Factory franchise can provide you with an exciting and rewarding business opportunity with simplified operations and will back you up with a dedicated franchise support staff. 

 

Why Sweet Factory?

It's not just the bright, colorful, fun-to-shop stores. We operate successful corporate locations which provides us with daily insight into the operations of the business and allows us to offer strategic opportunities for our franchisees' success. We have the best selection of the most in-demand candies, including bulk, counter goods, candy-related gifts, sugar-free, and kosher products. We can source the most in-demand and unique products because of our volume and supplier relationships. Our one-price format, new modern store design, colorful self-serve bins, and well-conceived merchandising make our products hard to resist.

We are THE "Candy Authority," executing a winning formula for retail success that sets the standard for bulk candy retailers.

 

Opening Support

Our goal is to equip you with all the tools you need to open and run a successful operation. Our team of experts in Real Estate, Merchandising, Design, Construction, and Operations are always ready to help you. Site visits are conducted periodically to make sure your store is delivering the premium candy buying experience. Prior to opening, hands on training is conducted in store, and you will have a Franchise Trainer with you during your store opening. 

Ongoing Support

As a Sweet Factory franchise owner, you will receive the benefits of operational support and consultation from our Corporate Support Center staff.  Additionally, there are creative marketing programs to enhance your store's performance. Our ongoing support, service, and quantity discount programs will enhance your opportunity for success. Site visits are conducted periodically to ensure your store is delivering a premium candy buying experience and to coach and mentor you on optimizing the success of the store.

 

Ease of Operations

Our bulk candy store format is well-suited for owners of all experience levels.  Starting on opening day, our training programs and ongoing support ensure that your location runs smoothly. Product is shipped directly to stores from vendors at company negotiated prices. 

Minimal Labor Cost

Once you open, your location typically requires two employees to operate on a day to day basis. Depending on our owner's level of involvement in daily operations, our format can be flexible to suit minimal labor costs throughout the year.

 

Low Franchise Royalties

Our low royalty fee allows the franchisee to keep more of their hard earned money without sacrificing the support necessary for continued success. Currently franchise royalties are 5%. In addition, we are not currently collecting an advertising fee, allowing you to utilize your marketing funds directly for your store.

 
 

$25.2B

Confectionery Market

Be part of the 25.2B dollar confectionery industry. With consumer engagement on the rise, confectionary sales continue to gain steady momentum year over year.

SOURCE: NCA 2017 Sweet Insights Report

 

2-3x

Per Week

Most people enjoy chocolate and candy 2-3 times per week.

SOURCE: USDA, NHANES 2008-2014, 210 Analytics shopper research; NCA 2017 Sweet Insights Report

 
 

29

Locations in the United States

Sweet Factory corporately operates stores and many of our locations are franchisee owned.

 

92%

Of American Shoppers

92% of Americans agree that candy is always a treat.

SOURCE: USDA, NHANES 2008-2014, 210 Analytics shopper research; NCA 2017 Sweet Insights Report

 
 
 

20+

Years of Franchising Experience

Sweet Factory continues to be the nation's premier retail candy store since 1993.

 

90%

Of American Shoppers

90% of American shoppers give gifts of candy and chocolates to loved ones each year.

SOURCE: 210 Analytics shopper research; The Hartman Group; Mars Wrigley Confectionery Research; NCA 2017 Sweet Insights Report

 

Take an inside look with our store photos below:

 
 

The Bulk Candy Store

Sweet Factory has created a bright, colorful, and fun environment. We have a design appealing to customers of all ages, blended with a polished modern aesthetic.

As the premier candy store brand in the nation, Sweet Factory has offered the unique candy store experience for millions of customers for over 20 years. From unique candies from all over the world to nostalgic collectibles, we offer a wide variety at a one-price format - truly delivering the "kid in a candy store" experience.

Ideal Locations

Ideal site locations include Class A shopping malls, lifestyle centers, outlet centers, travel destinations, and locations with high foot traffic. Typical layouts range from 800 sq.ft. to 1200 sq.ft. of retail space.

 

Site Guidelines

  • Class A Mall or Lifestyle Center with overall mall retail sales in excess of $500/sq.ft.

  • Location size of 800-1200 sq.ft. with a minimum of 18ft of frontage or kiosk opportunity

  • High traffic area, near the center of the mall, or main mall corridor

  • Corner location or locations with great visibility and foot traffic

 
 

Testimonial

From our franchisees:

"My store in Valencia has been in operation since 2004 and I get many compliments such as "my favorite store in the mall".
Yes, it is easy to operate and easy to train new employees.  The suppliers of our hundreds of candy products have given me excellent service over the years...next day service has been very helpful in keeping the products available to our many customers.
I would highly recommend this business as easy to operate and fun for everyone."

- Jerry Holly / Westfield Valencia Town Center - Valencia, California

 

 

Franchise Investment


Initial Franchise Investment Estimates

$35k

Initial Franchise Fee

$365k-$1.115m

New Store Buildout (Total)

$300k-$2m

Purchase of Existing and Operating Location (Total)


Financial Qualifications

$35k

Initial Franchise Fee

$100k

Liquidity

680+

Credit Score (if financing is required)


Note: This website and the franchise sales information on this site are not an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can be made only through the delivery of a franchise disclosure document to you and in your state if we are first registered, filed, excluded, exempted or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in your state. Certain states require that we register the franchise disclosure document in those states. The communications on this website are not directed by us to the residents of any of those states. Follow-up or individualized responses to you that involve either effecting or attempting to effect the sale of a franchise will be made only if we are first in compliance with state registration or notice filing requirements or are covered by an applicable state exclusion or exemption. The following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. If you reside, plan to operate or will communicate about the franchise in one of these states, you may have certain rights under applicable franchise laws or regulations. Note: This advertisement is not an offering. An offering can only be made by a prospectus filed first with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Such filing does not constitute approval by the Department of Law.

 
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Franchising Process

 
 

Get in touch today

To get started, complete and submit our online inquiry. A representative will reach out to you to discuss the steps outlined below, answer questions, and provide more information regarding the franchise opportunity. 

1. Inquiry and Discussion

Upon contacting us, a representative will reach out to you to discuss details of the franchise, answer any questions, and provide additional information.

2. Request for Consideration

After our initial call, we will provide you with a franchise application. The franchise application will be reviewed and you will be disclosed with our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which provides important details regarding the Sweet Factory franchise opportunity.

3. Franchise Disclosure Document 

You will review the FDD and any questions with a franchise representative, and return the FDD receipt.

4. On-site Tour

An on-site store tour will be scheduled. You will gain valuable insight into daily operations with key company representatives.

5. Sign franchise agreement 

Franchise agreement will be prepared and provided for your signature to move forward with the process.

6. Site Selection 

We have established site criteria to properly evaluate locations and we put that expertise to work for all franchise owners.

7. Design and Construction 

We will make available to you at no charge, our standard plans and specifications for a prototypical store, including exterior and interior design and layout, fixtures, furnishings, and signs.

8. Training 

We are committed to providing a training program that covers the following subjects: customer service, store standards, store organization, POS training, opening and closing, employee scheduling, merchandising, project management, office administration, physical inventory, and much more.

 

9. Grand Opening and Ongoing Support 

Our goal is to equip you with all the tools you need to run a successful operation. Our team of experts in Real Estate, Merchandising, Design, Construction, and Operations are always ready to help you. Site visits are conducted periodically to make sure your store is delivering the premium candy buying experience. In addition, you will have a Franchise Trainer with you during your store opening.