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Round Table Pizza is the fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S. with over 500 restaurants in nine western states and five foreign countries. Headquartered in Concord, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Round Table has built a reputation as the pizza brand of choice and market share leader in the most competitive and discriminating restaurant markets in the country. We are recognized throughout the West for gourmet taste, quality and menu innovation.

The key differentiator between Round Table and other branded pizza chains is our product. Every Round Table restaurant rolls fresh dough every day and tops every pie with fresh cheese and only the freshest ingredients. In this day and age of frozen dough, frozen cheese and frozen toppings, Round Table is unique in the pizza segment.

One of the major reasons for the success of the Round Table brand is our franchise owners and their strong commitment to product quality, service and proactive local community involvement. We are committed to franchising as our primary business model. Approximately 80% of Round Table restaurant businesses are owned and operated by franchisees.

Our evaluation and selection of new franchise candidates is based upon a number of different factors. We look for individuals with a track record of success in business, the ability to manage and develop people and strong customer service skills. Foodservice industry experience as an owner/operator or manager with P & L responsibility is strongly required.

Round Table is seeking qualified individuals who want to partner with a proven brand leader in the pizza segment to join our crew.

Qualifications

The Round Table application and candidate evaluation process is thorough and rigorous. We consider this process the foundation of our long-term commitment to the Round Table brand and our restaurant system.

We have developed the following minimum qualifications to ensure that each new franchisee, and ultimately the Round Table franchise system as a whole, is as operationally sound and successful as possible. These qualifications apply to all new franchise candidates, regardless of whether they are seeking to develop new restaurants or acquire existing franchises:

  • Foodservice industry experience as an owner/operator or manager with P & L responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage people
  • Customer service skills
  • Strong business acumen and financial management skills
  • $200,000 in unleveraged liquid assets
  • $500,000 net worth

What does Round Table Pizza offer you?

  • A significant inventory of both “in–fill” territory and area development opportunities in California, the Northwest and Southwest regions.
  • Multiple options to joining the Round Table system including building new restaurants, purchasing existing restaurants, area development agreements and non–traditional venues.
  • Local and regional industry–leading support in operations, training, food safety, advertising, local store marketing, real estate, site selection, construction, equipment and purchasing.
  • Round Table offers an opportunity to own your own business backed by Round Table support team.
  • Round Table offers compelling portfolio diversification options and growth opportunity for franchisees of other food service concepts.
  • Round Table offers an outstanding non–traditional license program for contract concessionaires.

Options to become a franchisee

Round Table offers five (5) restaurant franchising options to approved franchisees:

1. Build/develop new traditional restaurant(s):

  • Concept: Typically located in a high profile retail shopping center. 55–140 seats. Offering dine–in, carry–out and delivery.
  • Size: 2400–4000 square feet
  • Capitalization: $576,000–$758,000
  • Initial Fees: $25,000 for first restaurant; $12,500 for additional restaurants
  • Periodic Fees: 8% of adjusted gross sales monthly (4% franchise fee and 4% advertising fund fee)
  • Contract Term: Ten (10) years with renewal options

2. Purchase/acquire existing restaurant(s):

  • Concept: On an ongoing basis, there are restaurants for sale in the system. Location, facility condition, lease status and financial performance all vary. Purchase price is negotiated between the franchisee and buyer. Resale listings are made available, with permission from owners, only to candidates approved as new franchisees.
  • Size: Varies
  • Capitalization: Purchase price established by seller. Certain facility and/or equipment re-investment may be required upon acquisition.
  • Initial Fees: $12,500 for initial acquisition. $7,500 for additional acquisitions.
  • Ongoing Fees: 8% of adjusted gross sales monthly (4% franchise fee and 4% advertising fund fee)
  • Contract Term: Remaining term of seller's franchise agreement with renewal options.

3. Develop new delivery carry-out restaurant(s):

  • Concept: Typically situated in centrally located retail/commercial shopping center. No seats. Offering carry–out and delivery only.
  • Size: 1000–1400 square feet
  • Capitalization: $362,000–$582,000
  • Initial Fees: $25,000 for first restaurant; $12,500 for additional restaurants.
  • Ongoing Fees: 8% of adjusted gross sales monthly (4% franchise fee and 4% advertising fund fee)
  • Contract Term: Ten (10) years with renewal options

4. Develop new non-traditional restaurant(s):

  • Concept: A small-scale restaurant or pizza sales venue. Scaled down menu with limited or no seating. Typically sells only personal sized pizzas and/or pizza by-the-slice. Runs full spectrum from airports to college/university dining, sports stadiums/arenas and co-branding.
  • Size: 400–1500 square feet
  • Capitalization: Varies depending upon venue
  • Initial Fees: $7,500
  • Ongoing Fees: 8% of adjusted gross sales monthly (4% franchise fee and 4% advertising fund fee)
  • Contract Term: Five (5) years with renewal options

5. Area Development Agreement

  • Concept: Grants full development rights for a specific geographical territory contingent upon building and opening a number of restaurants over a specified time frame.
  • Capitalization: Varies dependent on size of development territory and number of restaurants necessary for market coverage.
  • Initial Fees and Contract Fees: Development fee and initial fees vary depending on size and scope of Development Agreement.

Frequently asked questions

What qualifications are necessary in order to be considered as a Round Table franchisee?

Round Table considers a number of different factors in our franchise evaluation process. Among the most important are:

  • Foodservice industry experience as an owner/operator or manager with P & L responsibility
  • Proven record of success in business
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead people
  • Business acumen and financial management skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Financial qualifications

What are Round Table’s financial requirements for new franchisees?

We require, at a minimum, $500,000 net worth with $200,000 in unleveraged liquid assets. We also require 30% equity (unborrowed) contribution to any new restaurant or resale transaction.

Is there territory currently available for new restaurant development?

Yes, Round Table currently has development territory available in Southern and Central California, the Northwest and Southwest regions.

Are there opportunities to purchase existing restaurants and if so, where?

Yes, there are existing franchised Round Table restaurants that are for sale. This limited “resale” inventory is dynamic; it is made available, with permission from owners, to candidates who have been approved as new franchisees.

Is Round Table currently pursuing expansion outside the Western United States?

Round Table is focused on increasing and strengthening our brand presence both within our nine-state western region as well as eastward. Our growth strategy outside the western U.S. is built on managed expansion eastward utilizing franchise alliances and territory development agreements with successful, well–capitalized multi–unit/multi-concept QSR and Casual Dining franchisees.

Does Round Table offer franchising opportunities in non–traditional venues?

Yes, this is one of the fastest growing segments of our business. If you are a contact concessionaire or owner/operator of a non–traditional foodservice venue, Round Table offers one of the most attractive and competitive license programs in the industry.

Does Round Table offer opportunities for international franchising?

Yes; however, substantial international foodservice industry experience is a critical component of our franchisee evaluation criteria. If your company currently operates a successful, well–capitalized, multi–unit U.S. QSR or Casual Dining franchised concept internationally and is interested in the Round Table brand, we certainly would be interested in talking to you. All international development agreements require the implementation of a multi–unit development plan for an entire country or region.

Does Round Table currently own and operate company–owned restaurants?

Yes, Round Table currently operates approximately 140 company restaurants in Reno, NV, Boise, ID, Fresno, CA, Redding, CA, Portland, OR, Southern California, Central Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

How long does the new franchisee evaluation process normally take?

If, after your initial phone interview, both you and Round Table determine that it makes business sense to proceed to the application stage, the evaluation process should take between 6 and 8 weeks.

What are Round Table’s new franchisee training offerings and requirements?

Round Table’s Skills Training Program (STP) is a comprehensive management training curriculum designed to support the ongoing training needs and requirements of our franchisees. The program encompasses modules for new franchise owners and multi–unit operators, managers and assistant managers, shift managers and crew leaders and general crewmembers. Prior to opening, new franchise owners are required to successfully complete a one–week business planning and leadership class at our Concord, CA headquarters. In addition, new franchisees must complete 120 hours of field–based training, including operational certification.

How much money can I make?

Restaurant profitability varies and is dependent on a significant number of factors including local trade area, location, sales revenue, operating expenses and the financial and managerial capabilities of the franchisee.

What is Round Table’s position on franchising to minorities?

Round Table is an equal opportunity franchiser and the diversity of our existing franchise network is a testament to this fact. We encourage franchise inquires from all qualified applicants.

Franchise Candidate Evaluation Process

1. Initial Interview

If you believe that you meet the franchisee qualification criteria and are interested in pursuing a Round Table franchise, either call our Franchise Sales Team at (925) 969–3900 ext. 7187, or fill out the information form below.

We will schedule a preliminary telephone interview with you to discuss your qualifications and specific interests as well as answer any questions related to our franchise program that you may have. During this initial qualification phase, we often schedule a meeting with prospective candidates in their local market area to meet them and learn more about their specific objectives.

2. Application

Should we mutually determine, after this preliminary interview process, that it makes sense to proceed to the next step, we will provide you with our Franchise Application and a copy of our current Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC), which describes our franchise program in detail.

3. Business Plan Submission

Should you elect to complete and submit a Franchise Application, you will be required to provide us with personal financial information and documentation. After review and verification of your completed Application package, you will be asked to prepare and submit a business plan detailing your specific franchise ownership objectives. We will detail the specifications of this business plan at the time we decide to proceed with consideration of your application.

4. Guest Visit

Upon receipt and evaluation of your business plan, we will schedule a Guest Visit for you at our Concord, CA headquarters. You will spend a full day meeting with associates from all functional areas of the Round Table organization.

The headquarters Guest Visit is also normally the final step in the franchise candidate evaluation process, after which a final decision on your candidacy will be communicated to you.

Submit Your Information

  • Foodservice industry experience as an owner/operator or manager with P & L responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage people
  • Customer service skills 
  • Strong business acumen and financial management skills
  • $200,000 in unleveraged liquid assets
  • $500,000 net worth

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For more information about becoming a Round Table franchisee, please contact us directly or e-mail us at prospectiveinfo@roundtablepizza.com.