Hungry Howie's Franchise

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Capital Required
$290,600 - $538,400

Liquid Capital
$100,000

Net Worth
$300,000

Financing Assistance
Available Via Third Party

Training and Support
Available

Initial Franchise Fee
$12,500

CEO Name
Steven Jackson

Existing Units
551

 

Overview

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs is a chain of pizza restaurants. It boasts eight flavored crusts, including butter, butter cheese, onion, ranch, and garlic herb. The crusts are created from dough made fresh every day in each restaurant’s kitchen. Other menu items include salads, buffalo wings, oven-baked subs, bread, pizza rolls and giant cookies. Multi-store and single-store opportunities are available in many states. Customers can dine in, opt for carryout or get delivery.

The restaurants are usually 1,200 to 1,600 square feet and sited in strip centers. Some locations are freestanding. End caps are preferred, and there must be a minimum of 5,000 households within a 1-mile radius around a proposed restaurant site. Co-tenancy with a dry cleaner, grocery or another quick-service restaurant may be required. Hungry Howie’s is open to franchising nontraditional locations in spots such as stadiums, rest stops and colleges.

Prospective franchise owners must have a credit score above 700 and the ability to get financing for up to $275,000 (even if they don’t plan to seek that financing). Franchise opportunities are not available in all states, and in some states, only multi-unit opportunities are available. These multi-unit states include many northern states such as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Vermont. Both single and multiple units are available in states such as Texas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Hungry Howie’s franchising website has a map showing which states are available for which opportunities.

Why Choose Us?

The numbers explain part of why Hungry Howie’s is a good choice. For example, the chain has been successful in the competitive pizza industry for decades, it has experienced eight consecutive years of same-store sales growth, and it uses flavored crusts to differentiate itself from rivals. Hungry Howie’s also understands the importance of technology. In 2018, Jackson said, “We’ve invested very heavily in technology, and it’s just paid us great dividends, and we’ve taken that information even further to use it for lead generation, loyalty programs and the way that we market to our customers.” The chain has data on customer names, their preferred meals, how often they eat these meals and where they live.

Owners get assistance such as initial training and ongoing training. They also get intensive help for grand openings.

Ideal Candidate

Hungry Howie’s emphasizes values such as integrity, community involvement, education, growth and positive energy. Jackson explains, “When we look at franchisees, we really focus on trying to work with people who align with our core values, who believe those values and understand how important they are to our brand.” Most franchise owners live within 30 miles of their restaurant(s).

History

James Hearn, in 1973, founded Hungry Howie’s. The current CEO, Steven Jackson, was involved from the beginning, too. In fact, Jackson and his co-workers bestowed the nickname “Howie” onto Hearn. It was a nod to Howard Hughes, who was the most successful person Jackson had heard of.

Hearn and Jackson met when Jackson was a teenager. Jackson later dropped out of university to deliver pizzas and help out in various ways with the new pizza business that Hearn planned to open. During the next nine years, that one restaurant led to about a dozen. Jackson proposed to Hearn that he begin franchising, but Hearn was resistant at first. He’d had bad experiences with franchising, but he eventually agreed to try again. Nowadays, the chain is flourishing with at least 35 quarters of same-store sales increases and 551+ locations.

Training And Support

Training options include classroom, in-store and online.

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