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Risqué hair salon franchise enters the ring in Boston

Knockouts, a full-service salon franchise that would make Floyd the barber blush, is busting into New England.Naomi Kooker reports in the Boston Business Journal that Neko Corp., headed by Bing Yeo of Lexington, bought the rights to franchise the salons that have been dubbed the “Hooters of haircutting,” where a scantily clad “specially chosen staff of female stylists” provides professional grooming services, including haircuts, coloring, waxing, manicures, pedicures and massages for men. Yeo purchased the rights in June to develop the franchises or sub-franchise the stores in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He plans to open his first store in Greater Boston by the end of this year or early 2008. He is looking in Allston-Brighton, among other areas, to open the first store, though no lease is signed. The franchise agreement gives him 15 years to roll out 20 stores; but Yeo, a business consultant, said his goal is to roll out that many in five years, focusing on the eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire markets. Yeo did not disclose the cost of his agreement. Knockouts’ one-time franchise fee is $20,000 per location, with a 6 percent royalty fee thereafter. A 1 percent national advertising fee is also implemented after a store opens. To date, some Knockouts franchisees have reported brisk business and profit margins exceeding 20 percent. The concept comes at a time when other salon chains geared toward men are entering Greater Boston. For example, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop opened in Boston earlier this year. However, none require the stylists’ uniforms that Knockout does. “I wouldn’t deny the sex appeal,” said Yeo, who lists his wife, Winnie Yeo, as the director of the company on his Web site. “It’s certainly part of the branding.” Yeo confirmed that the stylists, all women, are professional and certified, …

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Transfer fee benchmarks

So, you bought a franchise and it’s been successful for a few years and now you want to sell it.  The franchisor reserves some influence and financial discouragement.  The two biggest considerations given to the franchisor are: Right of first refusal – the franchisor can match your highest legitimate offer and buy your franchise Transfer fee – a fee you must pay to the franchisor for the privilege of transferring your licensing rights and obligations to another party Sample Transfer fees: FOOD: Pizza Factory: $12,000 Quizno’s: $5,000 Dominic’s of New York: $1,000 + 6% of sales price Submarina: $1,000 Cheeburger Cheeburger: $12,250 Pizza Patron: $5,000 The Dugout: $5,000 Arby’s: $13,500 Doc Green’s Gourmet Salad: negotiated at time of sale Jerq’zine:  $10,000 Original Hamburger Stand: $250 Sub Station II: $5,000 Steak-Out: $18,750 Fazoli’s: Reaonable attorney, accounting, training and other related costs OTHER: Bartercard: 10% of sales price Herman’s World of Sports: $12,500 Sears Carpet and Upholstery: $3,000 – $6,000 (depends on market size) Stone Mountain Carpet Mill Outlet: $2,500 Screenz:  $5,000 Tax Centers of America: $1,000 Sports Clips: $25,000 Fantastic Sams: $20,000 or 10% of sales price (whichever is greater) Hair Cuttery: $5,000 ($0 if franchisee for 5+ years) Fastframe: 5-10% of purchase price  

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Everybody has feet…

Developing a high margin specialty niche in a stagnant industry is usually a formula for success (see Panera Bread’s twist on fast food, Sports Clips and Snip Its on hair cutting, Starbucks on coffee, Applebee’s on chain restaurants). Foot Solutions is a new shoe retailer looking to capitalize customers who require more comfortable foot wear, namely sufferers of diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Concerns Foot Solution’s web site details the anticipated $200,000 investment to open a store. The company expects the franchisee to sink $65,000 in shoe inventory before opening, yikes! Foot Solutions requires you use only their vendors and approved products. And you must use their supply division to order opening orders, construction materials, fixtures and equipment. Of course, you should now be asking yourself, “How much more will I be paying if I was permitted to source the products myself?” Be sure to benchmark the average vendor and supply mark-up by asking the franchisor or franchisees for the actual price sheets. Part of the reason to buy a franchise is the ability to buy into an already strong brand name. It is unlikely that customers are already familiar with the Foot Solutions brand (though it is a descriptive trademark, so intuitively people will generally understand the business’s purpose). There is also the dynamic of how many Foot Solutions can a local market support. Is it one, three, five? Niche franchises are much more susceptible to competition so the protected territory is an important issue. There is a heightened liability risk. Franchisees receive training in foot pathology and physiology along with understanding the feet and related problems and symptoms. What if your sales person recommends a shoe that worsens a customers foot problem, or a customer relies on what they believe is your superior medical advice? Make sure you …

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Manly haircuts

Discount hair cutting businesses such as Best Cuts and Fantastic Sams have always been remarkably profitable ventures. Two years ago a lawyer I knew purchased a Sports Clips franchise for his wife to run. He’s a smart and guy and did a lot of due diligence before hand. I can see how a themed hair salon for men featuring sports, large T.V.s, news, and manly decor can attract a steady flow of men willing to pay an extra $5 for a haircut. There’s even one called Roosters Men’s Grooming Centers that describes their business as the following: Stocked with leather chairs, men’s magazines and TVs tuned only to news or sports…Customers at Roosters get a free beverage of their choice (including beer) and a free shoeshine. For many services such as hair coloring and waxing, separate rooms are used for privacy. Is a guy more likely to go to a place with big screen TVs blasting sports and news, and specially catered mens attributes? Of course. Is it more fun for a dad to take his kids there for a cut? Yes. I’d strongly consider buying a franchise in this mass appeal niche, especially over the traditionals – Fantastic Sams/Best Cuts/Hair Cuttery/etc.

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Franchisor Mentions

VERY OUT OF DATE.  Do a search instead.  This was manually updated March 21, 2006 Companies Mentioned in Posts (likely incomplete):Automotive 1-800 RADIATORS Oil Butler Lube N’ Go On-Site-Lube Business & Home Services 1-800-WATER-DAMAGE Bartercard Garagetek Help-U-Sell Home Instead Homewatch Caregivers My Girl Friday PropertyGuys.com Sears Carpet & Upholstery Tax Centers of America Cleaning & Maintenance none Computer & Internet (some are listed in “Retail”) Screenz Food and Restaurant Arby’s Auntie Anne’s Blimpies Cheeburger Cheeburger Chipotle Dippin’ Dots Dream Dinners Doc Green’s Gourmet Salad Dominic’s of New York The Dugout Durango Grill Fazoli’s Fire of Brazil Fogo de Chao Goldstar Chili Jamba Juice Jerq’zine Krispy Kream Lenny’s Sub Shops Mauwi Wauwi Original Hamburger Stand Panaderia Taza Papa John’s Pizza Factory Pizza Patron Pretzel Time Quiznos Red Rock Chili San Francisco Soup Co Shane’s Rib Shack Skyline Chili Smoothie King Smotthie Planet Soup Nazi Steak-out Subway Submarina Sub Station II Super Suppers The Soup Box Supercuts Suzanne’s Kitchen We’re Rolling Pretzel Company Wetzel’s Pretzels Z Pizza Zoup! Fresh Soup Co (List all sub franchises) Health & Fitness Curves Liberty Fitness Home Building & Repair Services See “Business and Home Services” above Personnel & Staffing none Pet Retail and Services Camp Bow Wow Doody Calls The Pet Pantry Wag My Tail Interquest Detection Canines Pets Are Inn Retail Franchises Ace Hardware AuctionDrop Battery Plus Best Cuts GNC Educational Outfitters Fantastic Sams Fastframe Foot Solutions Friendly Computers Geeks on Call GNC Hair Cuttery Herman’s World of Sports Imagine This Sold Orbit Drop Play It Again Sports QuikDrop Roosters Men’s Grooming Centers Screenz Snips Its Sports Clips Stone Mountain Carpet Mill Tom’s Foods We the People Categories: eBay drop offs (generally) Hair Travel & Hotel none Industry Lists & Research 2004 Same Store Sales Growth of QSRs (quick service restaurants) Royalty and Advertising …

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Top 10 of 2007

Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500’s Best Franchise Businesses — Franchise 500 Top 10 Entrepreneur managezine’s best of the best. Subway Dunkin’ Donuts Jackson Hewitt Tax Service 7-Eleven (the recently bought out the White Hen chain in Illinois) UPS Store Domino’s Jiffy Lube Sonic Drive In Restaurants McDonald’s Papa John’s Pizza link to the the remaining 500. Here are a few I noticed in particular (some for good, some for bad reasons): 384. Nature’s Way Cafe: Healthy foods, salads, wraps, soups, smoothies 325. Cash Plus Inc. : Check cashing & related services 312. Rent-A-Wreck: Auto rentals & leasing 298. Steak n Shake: Steakburgers, fries, milkshakes 273. Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip: Cookies, baked goods, coffee, ice cream 252. HomeVestors of America Inc. : Home buying, repair & selling system 225. It’s Just Lunch Int’l. LLC: Dating service 212. Pita Pit Inc.: Pita sandwiches 151. Super Suppers: Do-it-yourself home meal preparation 105. Bark Busters Home Dog Training: In-home dog training 87. Qdoba Mexican Grill :Fast-casual Mexican food 75. CiCi’s Pizza : All-you-can-eat pizza buffet 72. Sport Clips: Men’s sports-themed hair salon 58. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops: Gourmet sandwiches 56. Edible Arrangements: Floral-like designs from sculpted fresh fruit Franchise 500 Criteria (important): All companies, regardless of size, are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years in business and length of time franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing. Financial data is audited by an independent CPA. We do not measure subjective elements such as franchisee satisfaction or management style, since these are judgments only you can make based on your own needs and experiences. The objective factors are …

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