Edo Japan Franchise

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Detailed Information

Capital Required
$306,000 - $525,000

Liquid Capital

Net Worth

Financing Assistance
No Financing Available

Training and Support

Initial Franchise Fee

CEO Name
Dave Minnett

Existing Units



Edo Japan is a restaurant franchise offering quick-service Japanese-style meals at over 130 locations throughout Canada. The company's signature is the combination of quick service with fresh, high-quality ingredients. As more and more people today are getting enthusiastic in healthy living and good nutrition, Edo Japan offers its customers a way to enjoy flavorful, healthy meals such as hand-rolled sushi and teriyaki plates quickly and at affordable prices. Franchisees can opt for a storefront or food court location.

Why Choose Us?

Edo Japan is an established company with a strong track record of successful growth. While incorporating traditional Japanese recipes and approaches, the company also stays up-to-date with current trends, updating its menus and branding to reach today's customers. In particular, as many people are becoming increasingly health-conscious when it comes to nutrition, Edo Japan provides the convenience of fast food together with the health benefits of fresh, high-quality ingredients. The company also provides a high level of franchisee support.

Ideal Candidate

Great candidates for operating an Edo Japan franchise will be committed to its ideals of healthy food and excellent service and ingredients. They will have a net worth of at least $300,000. In addition, Edo Japan requires a liquidity of at least 50 percent of the total investment, which can range approximately between $306,000 and $375,000 for a food court location, and between $421,000 and $525,000 for a street front location. Costs may also vary depending on the specific location and its needs.


Edo Japan opened its first location in 1979. Its founder, Buddhist minister Susumu Ikuta, started the company as a way to provide traditional Japanese meals in a food court setting. His signature secret teriyaki sauce was one of the ingredients that instantly set Edo Japan apart. Within two years, the company opened a second location and continued to grow.

In 1999, Tom Donaldson took over as CEO. His vision included the expansion of Edo Japan into a strong franchise operation that would include street front restaurant locations in addition to mall locations. His tenure saw the introduction of a sushi menu in 2006, which has become one of Edo Japan's most popular items.

In the past decade, the company has experienced strong growth, opening its 100th location and expanding its reach to Eastern Canada. During these years, the company and its leadership won several awards, including the bronze medal at the Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Hospitality and Tourism award for Tom Donaldson. Edo Japan was also a "Franchisees' Choice" of the Canadian Franchise Association for five years in a row.

Today, under the leadership of Dave Minnett, who became CEO in 2016, Edo Japan continues its expansion both in terms of concept and locations. Staying on-trend, the company opened a concept store called Fresh Take, offering established menu items and ready-to-go food, all in an updated setting. New items include imported Japanese snacks and an assortment of bowls. New franchise owners can expect the updated design and selection. Current locations will also gradually adopt some aspects of the new branding.

Training And Support

The company's franchise team provides a five-week training program. Franchisees can also receive support after opening.

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