Advice for Buying a Restaurant and Selling a Restaurant

Featured Listing -- 8 Franchise Units in a Major Market EBITDA of $434,000

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Apr 17, 2017 3:30:13 PM

This featured listing is an amazing opportunity to anyone looking to expand their portfolio into a multi-unit franchise ownership. This package concentrates all the authority for a national brand into a single operator in a major market.  You get a money driving food truck and eight locations that are pumping out volume between $500,000 to $646,000 at each door.

The opportunity, priced at $1.695,000 is a smart buy.  The volume of these locations is over $4.765 million.  Currently handled with a smart District Manager in place, all the operational controls are already there!  The $434,218 in EBITDA calculations includes the franchise royalties, the district manager and store level management. These types of sales and revenue do not come along every day! Plus there is a right to develop another location adding to that bottom line.

Unmatched opportunity with this fully dressed out Food Truck that is plugged into the entire local scene including all major sporting events (think final 4) and much more. This will not remain in the restaurant brokers’ inventory for long.

These eight locations are quick casual National Sandwich Franchises with limited hours keeping labor cost low. No alcohol or frying of food makes these locations easy to run. The payroll for the District Manager and store leadership is all calculated in the EBITDA on these franchises for sales. This is an award winning, top ranked brand that is showing consistent growth and expansion and has a superior support system.  However, a buyer must demonstrate strong liquidity (7 figures or more) and have relevant multi-unit food service experience to qualify for this outstanding opportunity.

Located in a booming part of the nation that is full of sunshine this area rates among the top 10 best states in job creation. You will have business year around waiting to eat up this delicious concept.  A wealthy and thriving community among all the states gives this southwest destination a bottom ten ranking poverty.

Ready to eat up this rare opportunity. Bring us your net worth of 7 figures and show you previous multi-unit experience. The franchise is ready to make a deal! All stores have long term leases with favorable terms.  This is an award winning, top ranked brand that is showing consistent growth and expansion and has a superior support system

Current ownership team is moving out of the business to pursue other opportunities and is interested in making a deal happen quickly.  Let's talk terms!

This should qualify for SBA lending with no issues and the restaurant brokers will have you in front of our resources for a quick approval.  We must see liquidity of $1,000,000 on this transaction in order to meet the brand requirements.  Send directly to Certified Restaurant Broker Robin Gagnon for a complete package on these franchises for sale.

expansion and has a superior support system.  However, a buyer must demonstrate strong liquidity (7 figures or more) and have relevant multi-unit food service experience to qualify for this outstanding opportunity.

Located in a booming part of the nation that is full of sunshine this area rates among the top 10 best states in job creation. You will have business year around waiting to eat up this delicious concept.  A wealthy and thriving community among all the states gives this southwest destination a bottom ten ranking poverty.

 

 
 
Listing ID:5454 Restaurant Broker Robin Gagnon    
Franchises for Sale - Major Market 8 Units $4.8 MM in Sales
Lease:
Monthly Rent: $
Inside Sq. Ft.
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$1,695,000


Robin Gagnon
(404) 800-6701

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Buying a Franchise Restaurant for Sale? Don’t Sabotage Your Approval with These Mistakes

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Apr 11, 2017 4:37:06 PM

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In the course of buying a franchise restaurant, there are a number of hurdles to overcome, not the least of which is the franchise approval.  For most brands, that includes a process for application, followed by a Discovery Day and culminating in an approval for the franchise restaurant buyer.  How does this go “off the rails” and result in a turndown?  Here are the surefire mistakes we’ve seen that destroy a relationship before it gets going.  The Restaurant Brokers can nearly guarantee a non-approval once you start down these paths to self-destruction or non-approval.   

Franchise approval starts and ends with the very thing each franchise restaurant for sale brand is actually selling to you.   They are selling access to their trademark, their trade secrets and a defined way of doing business.  For virtually every brand, the word “process” is critical so the first, most critical step is following their procedures in applying. 

Sabotaging Your Approval by Attempting to Leapfrog to Approval without a Contract 

Here’s one path to denial; changing up the application process.  For almost every franchise restaurant resale, the brand requires that first and foremost, you have an offer in place with the seller before you begin working on franchise approval.  The only exception to this is for a current franchisee of the brand.

Most franchise brands have a right of first refusal.  They want to hear from that franchisee – the one they are in an existing business relationship with, before they start talking to you as a potential buyer.  Therefore, until you and the seller have agreed on a price and come to initial terms, you should not circumvent the application process and go directly to the brand. The seller will either ask his restaurant broker to handle this or will take care of it himself.  In either case, the seller authorizes the first introduction.   

Certain buyers attempt to evade this requirement and go into the approval process as a “new buyer” and then tell the brand it’s for a resale.  This is a classic bait and switch.  Trust us when we tell you that the franchise development team working with you does not like this approach.  Their compensation for new sales is usually very different from resales and souring the relationship with the Area Developer or person who will be overseeing your success (and the transfer process) for the near and long term is not an advisable step and will quickly lead to a turn down.  If you are not trustworthy, why should an established brand bring you on board their team? 

Sabotaging Your Approval by Ignoring the Process & Timelines

Some franchise restaurant buyers come to We Sell Restaurants and simply don’t believe they have to follow the laid out application process.  A brand says they want to see proof of funds first and the buyer says, I’ll show it when we’re further down the road.  The franchise requests that every partner be available for the Discovery Day and only one of the two attends.  The brand says all the paperwork to attend Discovery Day must be submitted by the first and they get it in on the 10th.

A franchise is based on a business process, a shared set of systems and an approach to the industry that generates the fastest route to success.  For many brands, it’s not about the results of each step in the process, it’s that you can follow directions and execute to a planned outcome.  Think about it.  If a franchise restaurant requires consistency across locations, why would the brand welcome you with open arms if you are in fact, a maverick that simply wants to do it your own way?  If you want to keep from sabotaging your approval, follow the process, in order and in a timely manner.

Sabotaging Your Approval by Asking for Concessions First!

 As a restaurant broker, I have to admit that even I am shocked by this one but I see it at least once in every twenty or so transactions.  Buyers will have their first call with the franchise and despite having been prepped up front to understand the length of training or the menu items or any manner of things, they immediately begin complaining (and negotiating) about these items on their first call with the brand.

Is it possible to get concessions related to the time of training or the menu items or the service of alcohol or any other item a buyer may have on their mind?  The answer is…sometimes.  The time to raise these issues however is not on the first call. Think about this like a first date or a “getting to know” you call.  Any item you want to attempt to negotiate should be much further down the road in discussions.  For example, a requested one on one with Operations at your Discovery Day may be a time to bring your resume and point to your relevant experience and ask for a shortened time frame for training.  But just as you would never tell a first date, that having five kids is part of your life plan and it’s a “take it or leave it” proposition, hold any thoughts on concessions until the franchise has met you, decided they like you and have offered to have you come on board.  You’ll be much more successful on the “ask” and keep from shooting yourself in the foot on being approved in the first place.

Avoid these three ways of sabotaging your franchise application and you are well on your way to approval.  Fall into the trap of one of these and you should go ahead and start looking at other brands. Looking for a franchise restaurant for sale?  Check out our inventory at these links.

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Restaurant Brokers Eric and Robin Gagnon Appear on Commercial Real Estate Show

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Apr 7, 2017 10:04:51 AM

We Sell Restaurants founders Eric and Robin Gagnon, the nation's Restaurant Brokers are guests on this week's Commerical Real Estate Show hosted by Michael Bull and airing coast to coast.  The April 5 show focused on the restaurant sector, including performance, forecasts, and strategies.

America’s Commercial Real Estate Show™ has been in production for more than six years.  It has been covered by most major medimb-headshot.jpga sources and has a loyal following on both iTunes and the show website.  Show host Michael Bull is a respected industry expert with an affable style always knowing what the audience wants next. He hand picks respected guests who join him to share market intelligence, forecasts and strategies related to chosen weekly topics.

Topics ranged from the size of the industry ($799 billion in restaurant sales) along with the more than 1 million Restaurant locations in the United States.

Bull asked his guests to provide their insight on the growth of the industry and some of its challenges.  Some of those challenges, according to the Restuarant Brokers, include regulatory hurdles and minimum wage increases which affect restaurants disproportionately.  On the flip side, the duo reveals that small business optimism has never been higher and for that reason, they see continued growth in the industry.Bull asked the Broker's for one sentence to describe the outlook for 2017 sales, "With people settling into the new administration the consumer confidence is going to lag what is happening in the stock market and we are looking forward to it being huge."

Want to listen to the entire show?  Click the graphic below or click this link to listen to the show for the latest insights on industry trends.

 

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The Gagnons are a dynamic duo and husband and wife team.  The nation's leading restaurant brokers, they founded We Sell Restaurants, the nation's largest restaurant firm focused on selling restaurants. For a number of years, they hosted their own syndicated radio show, “We Sell Restaurants.”   They are national speakers on both the restaurant and business brokerage industry and have appeared at the national conferences for the International Franchise Association, the International Business Brokers Association as well as othe rgroups.  Their book, Appetite for Acquisition was named Best of 2012 by Small Business Book Awards and has a five-star rating on Amazon.

The two have trademarked their brand, “We Sell Restaurants” and are franchising nationwide. They share their knowledge through one of the most extensive training programs available to the industry. Their multi-platform training program leads to the nation’s only Certified Restaurant Broker designation.

Topics: buying a restaurant, selling a restaurant

Top Ten Restaurants for Sale - March 2017

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Apr 5, 2017 3:09:47 PM

 We Sell Restaurants jumps into spring with some hopping action on listings. These listings make it to the top due to the most signed Confidentiality Agreements.  Our March results are showing showing buyer interest across all areas of the country and every type of price point. Our Broward County market is seeing the spring love with starting the list off with 3 listings!

This eye catching restaurant for sale location in Parkland Florida is fully equipped with a SRX Liquor License. On the market for less than 30 days and this listing is In Contract. The South Florida restaurant market is HOT!

Listing ID:5314 Restaurant Broker Ken Eisenband    
Restaurant and Bar for Sale has SRX Liquor License - Fully Equipped
Lease: Negotiable with Landlord
Monthly Rent: $5397.27
Inside Sq. Ft. 2500
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$99,000
City:Parkland

Ken Eisenband
(561) 350-3365

 Broward County buyers are clicking away while looking for more information on this Pizzeria for sale that's a bargain at only $55,000! Take advantage of this fully equipped location that is ready for a new owner to roll in the dough!

Listing ID:5311 Restaurant Broker Ken Eisenband    
Pizzeria for Sale -- Fast Casual Italian Restaurant in Broward County
Lease: Expires January 31, 2018 plus 2 three year options
Monthly Rent: $4612.78
Inside Sq. Ft. 1716
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$55,000
City:Tamarac

Ken Eisenband
(561) 350-3365

 Sunshine and sand comes with this restuarant for sale listing. Located just off A1A in Ft. Lauderdale this new location is starving for a new owner due to owner relocation. Fully equipped, loyal customer base and growing numbers is sure to serve up a buyer.

Listing ID:5297 Restaurant Broker Ken Eisenband    
Restaurant for Sale - Fully Equipped location Seeking New Owner
Lease: Expires February 28, 2021
Monthly Rent: $3244
Inside Sq. Ft. 1200
Outside Sq. Ft. 150
Price:$125,000
City:Fort Lauderdale

Ken Eisenband
(561) 350-3365

 Franchise? Under 100k? Yes and yes! Join the franchise world with a quick casual location that is already dishing up sales. Buyers love this listing in Gwinnett County!

Listing ID:5320 Restaurant Broker Robin Gagnon    
Restaurant franchise for Sale in Gwinnett County Georgia
Lease: Expires October 2017
Monthly Rent: $2519 including CAMS
Inside Sq. Ft. 1400
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$85,000
City:Duluth

Robin Gagnon
(404) 800-6701

John’s Creek is one of the hottest locations is Georgia! Buyers prove that with this restaurant space for lease. Ready for a new concept, this location offered by Restaurant Broker Cyndi Weinbaum has already received multiple showings.

Listing ID:5274 Restaurant Broker Cyndi Weinbaum    
Restaurant Space for Lease in Johns Creek, Georgia - Great Location
Lease: Negotiable
Monthly Rent: $$20.00 PSF + $4.43 CAM
Inside Sq. Ft. 1200 (Adjacent site can be added bringing total to 2400 Square Feet)
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$0
City:Johns Creek

Cyndi Weinbaum
 

 Location, Location, Location! This Sports Bar for sale serves up beer and bar food!  Desirable location for buyers looking for a busy area. Inside and outside seating can serve up revenue for a new owner!

Listing ID:5323 Restaurant Broker Steve Weinbaum    
 
Sports Bar For Sale in the Kennesaw, Ackworth, Dallas area of Georgia
Lease: Negotiable - 9 months remain on current lease
Monthly Rent: $6580
Inside Sq. Ft. 4470
Outside Sq. Ft. 500
Price:$199,000


Steve Weinbaum
(770) 714-4552

 Austin Texas made our list with this make your own or take it now concept.  This high demand area has an open and operating restaurant for sale location that can seat 90 happy customers.  Fill up the seats and have a money making machine!         

Listing ID:5317 Restaurant Broker Dave Duce    
New Pho Restaurant for Sale in Austin Offered by the Restaurant Brokers
Lease: Expires 2026
Monthly Rent: $6200
Inside Sq. Ft. 2442
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$160,000
City:Austin

Dave Duce
(512) 773-5272

 Looking to generate a nice living from day one? This location has buyers wanting to know how they can earn SIX figures in Gwinnett County. This tasty listing won’t last long!

Listing ID:5321 Restaurant Broker Cyndi Weinbaum    
Italian Restaurant for Sale in Gwinnett County GA - Highly Profitable
Lease: 4 years left with 2 5 year options
Monthly Rent: $5259 with CAMS
Inside Sq. Ft. 3226
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$475,000


Cyndi Weinbaum
 

Looking for a restaurant for rent space to completely make your own? This location has a great rate and buyers are lining up to find out what the need to make their restaurants dreams come true.

Listing ID:5186 Restaurant Broker Cyndi Weinbaum    
2nd Generation 1850 Sq. Ft Restaurant Space for Lease in Norcross!
Lease: Negotiable
Monthly Rent: $1800
Inside Sq. Ft. 1850
Outside Sq. Ft. N/A
Price:$0
City:Norcross

Cyndi Weinbaum
 

Low Rent equals BIG savings and more money in your pocket. This equipped restaurant for lease location in hot Inman Park area features ridiculously low rent for the Altanta Metor.  Great Opportunity to keep a low overhead while making your own concept for under $50,000. 

Listing ID:5193 Restaurant Broker Steve Weinbaum    
Inman Park Atlanta Restaurant For Sale - $1000 per Month Rent!
Lease: 3 years with 2+ years remaining
Monthly Rent: $$1000 plus $1400 annual property taxes
Inside Sq. Ft. 1000
Outside Sq. Ft. n/a
Price:$49,990
City:Atlanta

Steve Weinbaum
(770) 714-4552

Spring is warming up the air and the buyers are keeping the top 10 listings HOT!  Small business confidence is booming and buyers are tired of sitting on the sidelines. 

 

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Restaurant Sales -- March Brings Green to the Industry's Bottom Line

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Mar 17, 2017 12:50:29 PM

Sales may have slipped nationwide in February but restaurant owners are hopeful for a March turnaround. National reporting on sales and traffic indicated a very tough February.  Same-store sales fell 3.7 percent in February, with traffic declining 5.0 percent.  What contributed to the decline?  A few items including weather and shifts in the holiday timing of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, plus delayed tax refunds by the IRS could be factors, based on feedback the restaurants brokers are hearing. 

st-paddys-day-2049043_1920.jpgValentine’s Day sales can spread across an entire weekend and are especially good when the date falls on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  For 2016, Valentine’s was on Monday, close enough to the weekend that Friday and Saturday reservations along with Sundays were all strong.  Moving to 2017, the event was on Tuesday, one of the slowest traffic days for restaurants.  Couple that with many restaurants closed on Monday (that would have opened last year for the holiday) and you just didn’t see the lift in February sales you would normally see for the event.

Another contributor to a slow February is the delay of roughly 40 million tax refunds.  The IRS held onto refunds for filings with Earned Income Tax Credits this year.  In prior years, over 30 million families received refunds in late January which would have contributed to February sales.

That’s the bad news. What’s the good news?  March is here!  St. Patrick’s Day kicks off on a Friday this year versus a Thursday last year.  With all the alcohol and food associated with St. Paddy’s Day, coupled with March Madness (basketball tournaments), we are anticipating a strong March.  Couple that with the late tax refunds hitting in March not February, upticks in consumer optimism and reports of more jobs being created in almost every sector and March could be a banner month for restaurant sales. 

For St. Patrick’s Day, the alcohol sales are unmatched.  Green beer is on the menu at many pubs and restaurants.  Guinness alone will rack in a 13 million pints consumed for the St. Paddy’s holiday which we believe will straddle the entire weekend.  With a pint costing an average of $6 that is 78 billion dollars added to the food and beverage business for the holiday. 

People all over celebrate this holiday with eating, drinking, parades and even some cities dye their entire rivers green. With the first St. Patrick’s day celebrated since 1903 it has grown to a holiday that can help the restaurants rack in their pots of gold.

Most restaurants will be serving up traditional Irish meals with a selection of corn beef and cabbage, cabbage soup, or good olé meat and potatoes. What lead us to these tasty dishes on this holiday? The potato became such a staple in the Irish diet when a terrible potato plague struck the crops in 1845, 1846 and 1847, the impact was catastrophic. Traditional corned beef and cabbage became known as thousands immigrated to the America during the potato famine, most landed in New York City. They joined other immigrants from Europe in the tenements of lower Manhattan. Here their neighbors mostly came from Eastern Europe and an important food in their diets was corned beef. It was cheap sided with plentiful amounts of cabbage and potatoes

 The Irish, many of whom had seldom been able to afford meat were introduced to this nourishing and tasty dish. They adopted it as their own and the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with an ideal time to indulge in this ingenious combination of flavors and textures. Today more than 26 billion pounds of beef and two billion pounds are produced in the US each year. With the dish having an average price of $10 per plate that is lots of added profit to any restaurant.

The only caveat to all this good news for March is that Easter timing also moves.  While this will have limited impact for fast casual, pubs and other sectors, traditional restaurants that serve as “Special Occasion” locations may see the impact as March volume shifts to April.

The restaurant brokers don’t have a crystal ball but we’re hoping this Saint Patrick’s Day brings a lot of green to our clients and drives restaurant sales to new heights.  After a tough February, it’s time for a little pot of gold for the industry.

Want to see the latest listings by the restaurant brokers?  Follow this link to see our restaurants for sale. 

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We Sell Restaurants Expands into the State of Minnesota

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Mar 14, 2017 2:02:38 PM

We Sell Restaurants Expands to Minnesota

We Sell Restaurants, the restaurant brokerage franchise selling more restaurants than anyone else nationwide, annouSt Louis.jpgnces their newest franchisee in the Twin Cities Market. Scott Ruby, a licensed real estate agent in Minnesota, has purchased the rights to represent We Sell Restaurants in the area.  The Minnesota location is scheduled to open in April 2017.

This new location marks the 10th franchise unit for the restaurant brokerage brand which began offering franchise units in 2012.  Scott Ruby, the latest franchisee is a graduate of University of South Dakota.  Scott is married to Molly Ruby who is also a licensed real estate agent, and they are the proud parents of three thriving children.

Eric Gagnon, President of We Sell Restaurants, say of the expansion, “We have had tremendous demand from the Twin Cities market for a local franchisee.  We have listed and sold several million dollars in restaurants over the past few years in this market.  Expanding with a local office allows us to provide a superior customer experience for those buying and selling restaurants.”

Scott has extensive expertise in both sales, operations and business management.  He will open his new We Sell Restaurants office with the mission to provide exceptional, unparalleled service to our clients.  

Robin Gagnon, co-founder of the brand says, “Scott is the ideal candidate for our restaurant brokerage brand.  He is focused on reaching his goals, through efficiency, focus on the market as well as client demand, and through application of his fantastic interpersonal skills. He has a dedication for providing uncompromised customer service which makes every transaction he manages seamless and stress free.”

Scott will undergo one of the most thorough training programs in the nation for business brokerage before embarking on his new role.  He will undergo testing before being awarded the title of Certified Restaurant Broker, a distinction held by only a few individuals nationwide. 

Restaurant buyers and sellers in the Minneapolis / St Paul market can expect to hear from Scott starting in April 2017 as the marketing kicks off in the area. Scott looks forward to working with the local restaurateurs, franchisees and potential buyers as they buy and sell restaurants

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Latest Franchise Restaurant Sales and Deals Announced by the Industry

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Mar 1, 2017 10:15:22 AM

Franchising continues to grow and much of this is fueled by restaurants.  The IFA (International Franchise Association) recently reported that they expect Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Florida to be the largest growth states this year.  Does that play out in actual openings?  We looked high and low for the latest franchise restaurants opening around the country from published reports and here's what we found by region.   Looks like the IFA may be onto something!  They did leave Georgia off the list where we're are seeing business pop.  Restaurant Broker Robin Gagnon noted that "Franchise deals are moving quickly along with the entire market right now."  Here's the latest franchise restaurant sales and deals we found by region. 

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Southern Bound Brands!  

Halal Guys opened January 28 in red-and-yellow building on the corner of Chamblee Tucker Road and Buford Highway in Chamblee in Atlanta, GA.

Two Huddle House restaurants are opening.  The first in Jackson is planned this year while the second one in Forsyth, Georgia, is scheduled to open in 2018.The Jackson location will be Huddle House's 100th restaurant open and under development in Georgia

Atlanta-based GPS Hospitality, a rapidly growing franchisee group, said it will expand into five new states with the acquisition of 194 Burger King restaurants.  The stores are located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida. Approimatley  30-40 stores each year going forward are going to be getting a remodel.

MOD Pizza announces its ninth franchise partner – Southern Pie, LLC – who will develop MOD stores in Georgia and Alabama. MOD has over 195 locations in 20 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as five locations in the UK.

An existing franchisee of Tropical Smoothie Cafe - Glen Johnson has inked a deal for 20 more stores in Texas.  He has already opened the first one -- Lubbock.  Johnson is the president of Rockland Ventures.  He currently has 22 open locations in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Uncle Maddio's Pizza signed Linda Zamboni, the former director of operations, franchise consultant and franchisee for McDonald's to open five units of the fast-casual pizza chain in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area of Florida over the next five years. 

Sonny's BBQ sold nine of its 10 company-owned locations. Six of the stores are in the Orlando area and three in Gainesville.

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen has acquired 44 restaurants. Franchised units involved are in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. Cheddar's, which now owns 139 of its 164 locations

Little Rock, Arkansas is in the news again.  This time, Potbelly Sandwich Shop is opening a store there this spring. 

Jacqueline Mansfield of Miami, Florida has signed an 18 unit development deal with CoreLife Eatery.  Mansfield plans to open at least three CoreLife restaurants this year, the first to open in May in Florence, Kentucky. The next unit will be in The Summit at Fritz Farm, a premier retail facility located in Lexington. The third to open will be in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, in front of the new Costco. 

Western Bound

Despite the high costs of development often cited by these restaurant brokers, California continues to attract those opening new franchise restaurants.  Broken Yolk Café, a breakfast and lunch concept with large portions, is slated to open the second quarter of 2017 in the city of Corona.  Del Tacos just opened in Clovis and Fresno, California and fast-casual seafood concept Slapfish finalized a franchise agreement to build five locations in the San Diego area.

In other western states, franchise restaurants are opening.  Phoenix's Pizza LLC are opening the first full-service Godfather's Pizza, in South Jordan, Utah, 17-miles south of downtown Salt Lake City. This is the first restaurant in the couple's multi-unit franchise agreement with the pizza chain.

Arizona-based, Grabbagreen® is opened a second location in the Denver Metro area on Friday, January 20.  .

Forget the U.S. -- these are International deals recently announced.  

Yogurtland, announced its continuing international expansion with the opening of its first location in Singapore.  Hooters just announced the opening of a new international location in Managua, Nicaragua.   The Pie Hole is launching its first international franchise location in Tokyo. The Tokyo store is located just steps from the busiest train station in the world, Shinkjuku station in LUMINE Shinjuku. This is the first Pie Hole unit of 10 slated for Japan.  

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar is heading south of the border with an eight-unit deal in Mexico. The new locations will join the 13 existing Boston's in Mexico, and will be owned by seasoned hospitality group Desarrollos Juventud. The group is targeting areas of Torreón, Saltillo, Tijuana, Mexicali, Hermosillo, León, San Luis Potosi and Aguascalientes for restaurant development.

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Franchise Restaurants On the Rise - Sector Expected to grow by $36 Billion This Year

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Feb 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The numbers are in and they are impressive.  The International Franchise Association has released its annual Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2017.  The entire franchise sector is expected to grow by $36 billion in 2017, led by restaurants.. 

The group says the growth will be fueled by business and job additions, led by continued strong performance by the industry that uses the model most: Restaurants.  The report, released early in 2017 says output by franchise businesses is expected to grow to $710 billion in 2017, up from $674 billion or 5.3 percent in 2016, good news for the restaurant brokers.

HIS Markit Economics did the study for the IFA.  They suggest that the franchise sector will grow at a faster rate than the overall economy.  The report forecasts a number of factors including:dollar-544956_1280.jpg

  • Count of franchise establishments: Expected to increase by 1.6 percent to 744,437 locations.
  • Job Growth: Expected to provide nearly 7.9 million jobs, up 3.3 percent from 2016.
  • Gross Domestic Product: The franchise sector is expected to have a gross domestic product of $426 billion, up $21 billion or 5.2 percent from 2016.

The lion’s share of the forecast growth for 2017 will occur in the franchise restaurant industry.  Restaurants are the largest share of the franchise business with unit counts by large chains like Subway and McDonald’s driving this position as well as restaurant chains using franchising as their means to growth.

Eric Gagnon, President of We Sell Restaurants is not surprised by the report saying, “We have seen franchise restaurant sales continue to grow in all categories of service.  We expect 2017 to be a record breaking year as more stores come online and turn over.”

The report anticipates the highest growth to originate in full-service restaurants, where employment is expected to grow by 3.9 percent in 2017 and output is expected to grow by 6.8 percent, to $67.5 billion.

Quick-service restaurants, the highest turnover category for the restaurant brokers is expected to employ more than three times any other business sector that commonly uses franchising. The number of quick-service workers is expected to grow 4 percent in 2017 to 3.6 million. And output by quick-service restaurants is expected to grow by 6.7 percent to $237.6 billion.

Combined, quick- and full-service restaurants represent nearly 59 percent of the 7.9 million people that franchises are projected to employ in 2017. They are expected to represent 43 percent of franchise businesses’ total projected output for the year.

“Franchising is an American success story,” IFA president and CEO Robert Cresanti said of the results.  The Restaurant Brokers at We Sell Restaurant agree.  The firm not only resells franchise restaurants but is also franchising their concept nationwide in response to the increased demand.  Their goal is to sell more restaurants than anyone else. PERIOD.

 

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Restaurant Sales in a Trump Economy -- What's the Impact?

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Feb 16, 2017 8:24:51 AM

The new White House is making a number of changes that affect the restaurant industry.  What will this mean to restaurant sales?  Here are key areas where the restaurant brokers see impact for the industry.   

President Trump2.jpgNew Labor Secretary was In and now he's Out

If you haven't been living under a rock, you've heard that Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants was nominated to the Trump cabinet as Labor Secretary.  As of yesterday, that nomination was withdrawn.  That's a shame since having someone from the industry was seen as a win for those of us in the restaurant business.   

At a recent apeparance at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference Puzder told the crowd, “We have a government-mandated restaurant recession."  He went on to say, “The government did not intend this result. But it shows what happens when government tries to manipulate the economy. You cannot mandate the benefits of economic growth without actual growth.”

The overall concensus from the industry was that his nomination was a powerful one and most were cheering the decision to bring him onto the cabinet.  Now we'll take a "wait and see" approach to see what background the next nominee has and hope that will bring good news for restaurant sales.  There are several "hot button" restaurant issues in the pipeline for this administration including:  joint employer issues for franchisors, minimum wage laws and of course, Obamacare. 

Supreme Court Pick 

President Donald Trump recently nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  If approved, Gorsuch, who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit since 2006, would replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.  

The nomination was applauded by the National Restaurant Association, which recently asked the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to existing laws that prevent cooks and dishwashers from sharing in tip pools. 

Angelo Amador, executive director of the NRA’s Restaurant Law Center, described Gorsuch as “an experienced and knowledgeable judge who had extensive bipartisan support when he was confirmed to the 10th Circuit unanimously. We look forward to again having a full bench in the U.S. Supreme Court to decide cases of critical importance to our industry and the economy in general.”

Hospitality attorneys see the choice of Gorsuch, if confirmed by the Senate, as generally positive for employers. Since this pick is pending approval by the House and Senate, we'll sit back and see if he's able to make it through an increasingly divided Washington.

Corporate Tax Rate

All signs point to reduced corporate taxes under President Trump.  If he keeps his word on this promise, which was reiterated last week, we could be looking at serious growth in bottom lines for corporations which are mostly, small businesses like your local restaurant owner.  The stock market has moved into uncharted territories on the strength of this committment from the commander in chief.  With more money in the pockets of Americans, we are sure to see higher restaurant sales.

Immigration

Those fighting the new administration and its resolve to protect the borders are trying to bring the fight direct to the restaurant scene.  Today there is a nationwide "sick out" called for with illegals failing to come to work aimed at closing the doors of restaurants.  There are several celebrity chefs who are voluntarily shuttering today in solidarity (Rick Bayless for example).  This hot button issue seems to have reached a fevered pitch for a President most Americans elected based on a law and order approach.  The complextities of this one and its ultimate affect on restaurant sales is yet to be seen.

Obamacare

President Trump has already advised the IRS not to levy the Obama Care imposed $2500 fines against those filing 2016 returns that don't include health insurance.  The Congress will be addressing a repeal (according to some) or a revision (according to others). Either way, the industry is in critical need of a new look at legislation that brought tremendous new costs onto their books and into the households of most Americans over the course of its implementation. 

Small Business Optimism

Optimism on Main Street has soared in the President Trump's election.  The National Federation of Independent Business' survey said small-business sentiment for December hit its highest level since 2004.  That was an increase of 7.4 points in December to 105.8, up from November's 98.4. That was the largest month-over-month index change since it began in 1986.

How will the same index look today?  That's an unknown with President Trump facing an intrangient Democratic party and collusion among some long time government employees and hold-overs from the Obama administration.  Let's hope the good news from this report continues since members' perceptions were that business conditions would improve and that accounted for 48 percent of the month's increase.

What about restaurant sales?  The same survey said sales expectations also increased by 20 percentage points, as did the percentage of owners who believe now is a good time to expand, which is up 12 points.  The National Restaurant Association also reported optimism in December's Restaurant Performance Index. The industry expanded in December, albeit at a slower rate than in November. The association said that the index, a monthly measure of the state of the industry, closed out 2016 at 100.5, down slightly from 100.7 in November.  The association considers the industry to be in expansion mode when the index reaches above 100.

Operators are also “cautiously optimistic” about business conditions, with 33 percent saying they expect conditions to improve in the next six months. Only 15 percent expect conditions to worsen.

Restaurant Sales

What will restaurant sales look like under a Trump economy?  We have to see how much of his agenda is actually permitted to proceed and if he can truly get through the impasse being created in Washington.  It's clear that America sent him to Washington to make changes to the status quo.  At only three weeks in office (really just three weeks?), heads are spinning from his attempt to move forward on an aggressive agenda that includes all these points affecting restaurant sales.

All of these items will have implications for buying and selling a restaurant but if January and early February are any indication, the number of buyers in the market ready to get into the business are hitting record numbers and transaction counts for restaurants sold will hit record heights.  The restaurant brokers are setting new records with transactions for this year more than 65% ahead of last year.

Topics: buying a restaurant, selling a restaurant

Top Ten Restaurants for Sale in January 2017 by the Restaurant Brokers

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Feb 6, 2017 1:49:08 PM

The New Year is here and buyers across the nation are looking for new careers. The first part of any year has people looking to reach their New Year's resolutions. Many want to lose weight, get more organized, work on a promotion. It looks like our buyer’s resolutions have been to start new careers by working for themselves. From Georgia, Florida, to Colorado, and Texas buyers are motivated to fuel their New Year's resolution of owning a restaurant for sale.  

Price do not seem to be intimidating this year’s buyers. The listings with the most signed confidentiality agreements range in price from lease space with no key money to $599,000. Buyers are wanting to earn more this year which means they are looking to invest more in their futures.

 
Starting the list of the top ten restaurants for sale it this one that has it all. This listing was popular to buyer looking for a  downtown Atlanta location with a bar and 6 figure income. No wonder it  was on the market for less than 30 days and this location already has a contract with a backup and multipe offers. 
Listing ID:5245 Restaurant Broker Cyndi Weinbaum    
Million Dollar Bar for Sale in Atlanta - Unmatched Profits Owner Financing
Lease: 3 years left with 5 year option
Monthly Rent: $4727.81 including CAMS
Inside Sq. Ft. 3000
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$599,000
City:Atlanta

Cyndi Weinbaum

That Atlanta market is feeling the love with another listing on the top 10 restaurants for sale list.  This vegan concept come fully equipped with super rent and great location for under $50k. This listing won't last long.

Listing ID:5193 Restaurant Broker Steve Weinbaum    
Inman Park Atlanta Restaurant For Sale - $1000 per Month Rent!
Lease: 3 years with 2+ years remaining
Monthly Rent: $$1000 plus $1400 annual property taxes
Inside Sq. Ft. 1000
Outside Sq. Ft. n/a
Price:$49,990
City:Atlanta

Steve Weinbaum
(770) 714-4552

This Moe's franchise restaurant for sale by Restaurant Broker RObin Gagnon not only had some of the most clicks, it made the phone ring off the hook! This popular franchise is driving buyers to find out more. This franchise restaurant for sale has been on the market for less than 30 days and it is destined to have a contract shortly.  Six figure earnings and a great brand!  Who could ask for more in satisfying their dream of buying a restaurant? 

Listing ID:5251 Restaurant Broker Robin Gagnon    
Franchise for Sale - Moe's Southwest Grill Nets Over $120,000
Lease: Expires July 2017+ 3-5 year options
Monthly Rent: $4130
Inside Sq. Ft. 2400
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$399,995


Robin Gagnon
(404) 800-6701

Coming in from the west, this cafe for sale located in Texas is ready for a new owner. This fully equipped location is emphasizes made from scratch dishes and is turnkey ready.  Restaurant broker Dominique Maddox is fielding the inquiries on this one. 

Listing ID:5183 Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox    
Cafe for sale in Texas has the recipe for success. Ready for new owner!
Lease: Negotiable
Monthly Rent: $2000 including CAMS
Inside Sq. Ft. 2971
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$125,000


Dominique Maddox
(404) 993-4448

Texas makes the list of top ten restaurants for sale again with this unique drive thru location that's rolling with buyer interest. This location is offered at an incredible price of under $50k and is sure to roll off the market soon.

Listing ID:4958 Restaurant Broker Dave Duce    
Purchase this Restaurant for Sale with Drive-thru and Outdoor Patio in Austin, TX!
Lease: expires August 2020
Monthly Rent: $3675
Inside Sq. Ft. 1000
Outside Sq. Ft. 250
Price:$45,000
City:Austin

Dave Duce
(512) 773-5272

The sunny state of Florida is dishing up buyers  that are ready for a quick casual concept. This sandwich shop for sale location  in Cocunut Creek Florida comes with a busy shopping center and plenty of hungry shoppers at a low price of $50,000.

Listing ID:5238 Restaurant Broker Ken Eisenband    
Sandwich Shop for Sale in Coconut Creek Florida has Prime Location
Lease: Expires March 31, 2019
Monthly Rent: $5438
Inside Sq. Ft. 1600
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$50,000
City:Coconut Creek

Ken Eisenband
(561) 350-3365

Football season may be coming to an end but the party has just begun for this sports bar and grill for sale in Denver.  Buyers love the idea of a sports bar and a grill and this includes an entertainment venue.  Located in the greater Denver Metro area, this location is ready to score a buyer!

Listing ID:5244 Restaurant Broker John Kesterson    
Sports Bar and Grill - Entertainment Venue for Sale in Denver Metro Area!
Lease: New lease to be executed by buyer
Monthly Rent: $6197
Inside Sq. Ft. 3610
Outside Sq. Ft. Approx 400
Price:$114,900


John Kesterson
(720) 473-3726

This restaurant space for lease is one of the hottest locations in the Atlanta, Georgia market right now.  Second generation space is hard to find! This restaurant space for lease has the buyers with their own concepts clicking away.

Listing ID:5274 Restaurant Broker Cyndi Weinbaum    
Restaurant Space for Lease in Johns Creek, Georgia - Great Location
Lease: Negotiable
Monthly Rent: $$20.00 PSF + $4.43 CAM
Inside Sq. Ft. 1200 (Adjacent site can be added bringing total to 2400 Square Feet)
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$0
City:Johns Creek

Cyndi Weinbaum

This profitable restaurant for sale location is ready to swim off the market from the coast of Florida with buyers clicking to see more. This already established sushi location has a ready client base. If you have your own concept it can be converted. This one is priced to move.  The unheard of low price listing will not last.  

Listing ID:5087 Restaurant Broker Ken Eisenband    
Profitable Restaurant for Sale in Tamarac Can Easily Convert to Any Concept
Lease: Expires April 14, 2020
Monthly Rent: $2037.50
Inside Sq. Ft. 1200
Outside Sq. Ft. 0
Price:$49,000
City:Tamarac

Ken Eisenband
(561) 350-3365

Our restaurant buyers love sandwich franchises for sale by the restaurant brokers.  This location is in a great area with established hungry clients.  The minimal hours and fantastic lease have buyers looking at this hot listing.

Listing ID:5255 Restaurant Broker Robin Gagnon    
Sandwich Franchise for Sale in Dunwoody - Highest Growth Area
Lease: 5 Year Lease with 5 - Year option to renew
Monthly Rent: $7119
Inside Sq. Ft. 2621
Outside Sq. Ft.
Price:$155,000
City:Sandy Springs

Robin Gagnon
(404) 800-6701

January has proven to be one of the busiest times of year. It is a great time for buyers to fulfill their resolutions to work for themselves and sellers to move their business. All across the United States, We Sell Restaurants has seen an increase in interest and listings moving to contract fast. Now is the time to fulfill that resolution! Don't ait because it may not be there for long.

 

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