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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchise financing options

Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a Auntie Anne's Pretzels.

Overall costs for Auntie Anne's Pretzels run anywhere from $155,350 to $437,500. See how the costs break down and what funding options might be right for your new venture into the franchise foray.

Estimated initial costs

Our cost estimates are accurate as of 2021 from Franchise Direct and include opening fees and expenses only. The location you choose for your Auntie Anne's Pretzels franchise may result in higher or lower fees.

Franchise fees

Auntie Anne's Pretzels franchise fees total around $30,000, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
Franchise Cost
Initial franchise fee $30,000 to $30,000
Estimated total $30,000 to $30,000

Equipment fees

Equipment fees total $67,125 for Auntie Anne's Pretzels. This is less than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
Equipment Cost
Equipment package $28,000 to $47,000
Millwork $5,000 to $24,000
Furniture $0 to $2,500
Menu board, graphics and interior signage $250 to $12,000
Exterior signage $1,500 to $8,500
Smallwares $1,000 to $4,500
Estimated total $35,750 to $98,500

Real estate fees

Real estate will set you back $115,500 for Auntie Anne's Pretzels, thought it's less than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
Real estate Cost
Construction and build-out costs $40,000 to $150,000
Architect and engineer $2,000 to $12,000
Rent $2,000 to $10,000
Security deposits $0 to $15,000
Estimated total $44,000 to $187,000

Training fees

Auntie Anne's Pretzels initial training costs total $8,650, which comes in under the nationwide average of $9,788.
Training Cost
Computer system and software training $4,300 to $13,000
Estimated total $4,300 to $13,000

Inventory costs

Initial inventory for Auntie Anne's Pretzels shakes out to $3,650. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
Inventory Cost
Opening inventory $3,300 to $4,000
Estimated total $3,300 to $4,000

Marketing costs

Advertisement and marketing costs total up to $3,000 for Auntie Anne's Pretzels, beating out the nationwide average of $9,938.
Marketing Cost
Grand opening marketing $1,000 to $5,000
Estimated total $1,000 to $5,000

Licenses and permits costs

Auntie Anne's Pretzels initial licenses and permits will set you back $3,000. This comes out to less than $18,770 — the overall nationwide average.
Licenses and permits Cost
Permits $2,000 to $4,000
Estimated total $2,000 to $4,000

Insurance costs

Initial insurance costs for Auntie Anne's Pretzels run $6,000. This means you'll be paying less than the overall nationwide average of $6,311.
Insurance Cost
Insurance $2,000 to $10,000
Estimated total $2,000 to $10,000

Administrative fees

Auntie Anne's Pretzels administrative fees total up to $7,500 — which comes in over the overall nationwide average of $6,761.
Admin Cost
Legal and accounting fees $5,000 to $10,000
Audit Cost of audit.
Estimated total $5,000 to $10,000

Other expenses

Miscellaneous expenses for Auntie Anne's Pretzels total $52,000 — less than the nationwide average of $69,970.
Other Cost
Miscellaneous opening costs and office supplies $13,000 to $25,000
Three months' additional funds $15,000 to $51,000
Estimated total $28,000 to $76,000
All costs were found using the 200 largest franchises nationwide using Franchise Direct's list of more than 300 franchises, and are accurate as of 2021.

How to finance

Since the estimated total for Auntie Anne's Pretzels is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
  1. Go to the Auntie Anne's Pretzels franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
  2. Reach out to Auntie Anne's Pretzels about in-house financing for franchisees.
  3. If in-house financing isn't available, look for online loans, bank loans and SBA loans to help meet the $296,425 estimated opening costs.
  4. Compare lenders based on amounts, interest rates and what types of personal and business credit history they accept.
  5. Once you settle on a lender, gather all required documents, including account statements and assets.
  6. Apply for financing online or in person as required by the lender.

What types of financing is available?

You have several options when it comes to financing a Auntie Anne's Pretzels — even if the cost is on the heavier side. What assets you have available will largely determine how much you need to borrow, and which option suits you best.
  • Online loan. A number of online business lenders offer amounts up to $1 million, with some extending up to $5 million.
  • Bank loan. Your personal credit will typically need to at least be good — 670 or higher — when it comes to getting a bank loan large enough to cover a significant portion of Auntie Anne's Pretzels opening costs.
  • SBA loan. While your personal credit score doesn't need to be as good to qualify for an SBA loan, they usually cost more than standard term loans from banks or online lenders.
Also check if Auntie Anne's Pretzels franchise financing is available. You may be able to get some of the costs covered for less than you would with other traditional funding options.

Compare small business lenders

You may not need financing to cover the estimated $155,350. But if you need funds for other business ventures, select the loan amount, your time in business and revenue and your personal credit score to compare a selection of lenders.
Name Product Filter Values Min. Amount Max. Amount Requirements
Fora Financial business loans
6+ months in business, $12,000+ monthly revenue, no open bankruptcies
Get qualified for funding in minutes for up to $500,000 without affecting your credit score. Best for companies with at least six figures in annual revenue.
Lendio business loans
Operate business in US or Canada, have a business bank account, 560+ personal credit score
Submit one simple application to potentially get offers from a network of over 300 legit business lenders.
National Funding business loans
Be in business at least one year and make at least $150,000 in annual sales. Other loan types have additional requirements.
Working capital loans and equipment financing, some high-risk industries may be eligible.
Fundbox lines of credit
6 + months in business, $100,000+ in annual revenue, 600+ credit score
Get flat rate, short-term financing based on the financial health of your business, not your credit score.
Bitty Advance business cash advances
$5,000 monthly bank revenue, 6+ months in business, business bank account open 3+ months, 450+ credit score
With APRs in the triple digits, this is best saved as a last resort.

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How Auntie Anne's Pretzels stacks up

Compare how Auntie Anne's Pretzels holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
Sears Maid Services Auntie Anne's Pretzels Carrefour
Average Franchise fees $52,500 $30,000 NA
Average Equipment fees NA $67,125 NA
Average Real estate fees $2,250 $115,500 NA
Average Training fees $3,250 $8,650 NA
Average Inventory fees $4,250 $3,650 NA
Average Marketing fees NA $3,000 NA
Average Licenses and permits fees NA $3,000 NA
Average Insurance fees $2,000 $6,000 NA
Average Admin fees NA $7,500 NA
Average Personnel fees NA NA NA
Average Other fees $15,000 $52,000 NA

Bottom line

Auntie Anne's Pretzels franchise costs run a total of $296,425. Before you decide to become a franchisee, compare the total costs against industry averages. And to learn more about financing read our guide to franchise financing.

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