Blimpie - Own a Store


Have a question about owning a Blimpie franchise? You'll find your answer here.

How much does a Blimpie franchise cost?  

The franchise fee for your first franchise is $18,000. The franchise fee for multiple units may be discounted for additional franchises based on certain conditions and criteria.  The estimated initial investment for a traditional Blimpie restaurant will be between $130,450 and $359,050*.

*More detailed information is available in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

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What are the financial requirements to qualify for a Blimpie?

To purchase a Blimpie franchise, you will need a credit score of 600, a net worth of $250,000, and the required liquid capital of $50,000.

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If I don't meet the financial or operational criteria to become a franchisee, can I partner with someone who does?

Yes, you can. As long as your partner owns at least 50% of your organization, this is acceptable.

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Will you help me secure financing?

No, Blimpie does not offer financing.

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Is Blimpie listed in the Small Business Adminstartion (SBA) Registry?

Yes, the franchise registry ( is a national online listing of approved franchise systems whose franchisees will receive accelerated loan processing through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Through this process, small business owners are provided with streamlined and faster loan processing. Franchise systems not listed on the site are not eligible for expedited loan processing through the SBA.

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Is there a continuing royalty fee?

The continuing royalty fee is 6% of gross sales, excluding sales tax. A $200 weekly minimum may apply to traditional locations.

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Is there an advertising fee and what does it cover?

Currently the advertising fee is 4% of gross sales. Fees go to National Marketing, Brand Building and Local Marketing. Your Blimpie representative will be able to provide additional information.

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I've never built a store before. How does all of this work?

Your Area Representative and the Blimpie team will guide you through all phases of the site selection, lease negotiation, construction, training, grand opening and ongoing processes for marketing and operations.

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How do I find premier locations?

Our Area Representative and Real Estate teams work at securing the best locations in each city. Once you become a franchisee, you can also work with the Blimpie team to research and suggest outstanding Blimpie sites.

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I'm not a marketing expert. How do I build sales?

Building sales takes effort on many different levels - from running your business with monitored food costs, to strong operations, to local store marketing, to most importantly ensuring that you give every customer a reason to return. The Blimpie Marketing Team will assist you by creating national marketing initiatives and advertising that are key to building sales. Increasing sales takes diligent effort in all areas of your business.

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What if there is already a Blimpie in my town?

Blimpie has mapped out a range of site opportunities globally. If a store already exists in your area, there may be enough local demand to support more stores. Ask your Area Representative or Franchise Development Manager to discuss opportunities.

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How many people may attend training?

Up to two people are included in the training process as part of the initial franchise fee. Additional staff may attend for a fee.

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What are the steps I must complete to own a franchise?

There are five main steps to owning a franchise:

  1. Complete Your Application
  2. Sign Your Franchise Agreement
  3. Secure Your Location
  4. Build & Outfit Your Store
  5. Open Your Store

Read the details by visiting our Steps to Becoming a Franchisee page.

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The information on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise; nor is it directed to the residents of any particular jurisdiction. The following states currently regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise until we have completed the applicable registration or obtained the exemption from registration, and completed the applicable disclosure requirements. Regardless of what state you reside in, an offering can only be made by a franchise disclosure document. In addition, several countries regulate the offer and sale of franchises.