As Così continues to grow, so does the enthusiasm for this distinctive franchise offering. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions.
Q: What is the initial investment required for a Così franchise?
A: The initial cost of a Così franchise ranges from $762,600 to $899,800, which pays for build-out expenses and certain start-up expenses. Part of this investment is the initial franchise fee, which is $40,000 for the first Così opened or $35,000 for each additional Così opened.
Q: What is the minimum net worth and cash (liquid assets) required to acquire a franchise?
A: We require a minimum net worth of $900,000 with $450,000 in liquid assets.
Q: What is the franchising royalty?
A: There is a 5% franchising royalty.
Q: What are your advertising fees?
A: Initially Così will require an advertising fee of 1% for systemwide marketing strategies and materials and 1% for local marketing efforts. Così has the right to require advertising fees up to 5%.
Q: Does Così offer financing options?
A: At this time, Così does not offer financing assistance. Financing options may be pursued through third parties.
Q: What is the availability of opportunities in my region?
A: We are currently eligible to franchise in 47 states including the District of Columbia.
Q: What if I am interested in becoming an international Così licensee?
A: We are currently offering international licenses for development of international development areas. However, we do not allow sublicensing.
Q: What is the average square footage of a Così franchise?
A: Franchised Così restaurants are currently required to be 2,700- 3,200 square feet.
Q: What is the term of the franchise agreement?
A: The initial term of your Così franchise agreement is ten years, with two subsequent successor options of five years each.
Q: What is the process of getting a franchise?
A: After meeting our requirements, the franchise process takes approximately 5 months from initial contact to store opening.
This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, or a country whose laws regulate the offer and sale of franchises, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.