All you need to know

How long is the franchise agreement?

A Franchise Agreement for a new restaurant is an initial 5 year with further terms to align with Lease.

What will it cost to set up a Schnitz store?

The initial investment will typically range from $500,000 – $700,000 + GST, however cost can vary depending on many factors such as location, size and condition of premises.

As part of the due diligence process, Schnitz will provide you with a copy of its Disclosure Document, which sets out the range of costs usually encountered by a new franchisee when establishing a franchised business based on current practice.

How much is the upfront franchise fee?

The franchise fee is $60,000 + GST.

What are the ongoing franchise fees?

The ongoing costs are a 7% royalty and 3% marketing fee, which are paid on a weekly basis.

Should I talk to other franchise partners?

As part of the recruitment process we encourage you to contact other franchise partners to discuss their experience with owning a Schnitz restaurant.

How much can I borrow from the bank?

Typically, the banks lend 50% of the purchase price in the form of a business loan. We recommend that you commence discussions with your bank as soon as possible to understand your lending capacity and whether investing in a franchise with Schnitz is a viable option for you.

How long will my training go for?

There is a standard 5-week training schedule, plus 2 weeks training after restaurant opening that all franchise partners must undergo. However some circumstances may require further training.

Can I have more than one store?

We encourage our franchise partners to strive to be multi-site operators, however this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Do I have to work in the store?

Yes, we believe it is important for all of our franchise partners to have a hands-on approach with their restaurant and understand every aspect of the store’s operations.

What is the process for selecting a site?

Potential sites must be approved by both you and our property team, who offer expertise and guidance. Once approved, they also work hard to negotiate the most favourable lease terms possible for Schnitz.

What ongoing support will I receive?

All franchise partners receive ongoing support from Schnitz Support Office including visits and mentoring from their Business Coach.

What do I need to become a franchisee?
  • Understand the financial benchmarks and model of the business.
  • Be in a financial position to support and grow a business.
  • Have the ability to adhere to and maintain a high standard system.
  • Understand that you are part of the Schnitz community and be a brand ambassador.
  • Have a vision of yourself and your business.
  • Be passionate about the Schnitz brand, your team and your business.
  • The ability to operate a profitable business (business profitably), drive a high standard of customer service and high quality food and build a high performance.
How much money will I make as a Schnitz franchise restaurant owner?

This depends on factors including the store’s location and how the franchise partner operates the business. franchise partners should prepare their own financial projections after seeking independent accounting advice.

Do I need prior experience in the food industry?

No, experience in the food industry is not a requirement to becoming a Schnitz franchise partner.

Do I need citizenship or residency?

Yes, you will need to hold either permanent Australian Residency or be an Australian Citizen to become a Schnitz franchise partner.

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