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Franchise Summary

Business Opportunity

If you sign a franchise agreement, you will operate a Culver’s Restaurant offering burgers, sandwiches, salads, dinners, frozen custard desserts, beverages and other menu items in a quick-service setting. Certain existing Culver’s franchisees meeting our criteria also may enter into a multiple unit development agreement with us to develop multiple Culver’s Restaurants.

Corporate Structure

Culver Franchising System, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Wisconsin on July 24, 1987 under the name Culver Franchising System, Inc. Their principal place of business is 1240 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 53578.

Investment and Franchisee Fees

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Culver’s® Restaurant is from $514,800 to $3,520,000. This includes a $30,000 to $55,000 initial franchise fee that must be paid to the franchisor.

Royalties and Marketing Fees

Royalties : 4.0% of revenue

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Distribution of Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard Franchisees

Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard Franchise System Development in 2017


How much investment do I need to start my own Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard business?
Franchisees typically require at least $2,349,000 to $5,356,000 investment to get their Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard business started
What are the initial franchise fees for Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard?
Franchisees typically need to pay at least $30,000 in fees directly to Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard in order to earn the right to launch their business
How much money can I make with a Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard franchise? What are the average revenues for a typical Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard business?
We haven’t done the math on how much revenue a typical Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard brings in each year. We estimate that other franchisees in the Food & Beverage industry general revenue, so we would expect Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard to generate a similar amount
How long do I need to commit to running a Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard unit? What is my contractual commitment?
Culver's ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard franchisees are typically required to sign up to a 15 year contract initially. The renewal length is 10 years. You can of course exit early but don’t expect to get any refund!

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