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Blimpie franchise financing options
Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a Blimpie.
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 Blimpie franchise may result in higher or lower fees.
Franchise feesBlimpie franchise fees total around $20,210, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
|Franchise fee||$5,520 to $19,900|
|Grand opening fee||$5,000 to $10,000|
|Estimated total||$10,520 to $29,900|
Equipment feesEquipment fees total $71,505 for Blimpie. This is less than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
|Restaurant equipment, furniture, small wares, menu boards and interior signage||$19,000 to $98,500|
|Exterior signage||$3,000 to $15,000|
|Computer hardware and software||$2,510 to $5,000|
|Estimated total||$24,510 to $118,500|
Real estate feesReal estate will set you back $110,750 for Blimpie, thought it's less than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
|First three months' rent and security deposit||$3,000 to $15,000|
|Real estate||Varies to|
|Lease review fee||$0 to $2,500|
|Architectural fees||$1,000 to $15,000|
|Construction costs and leasehold improvements||$5,000 to $180,000|
|Estimated total||$9,000 to $212,500|
Training feesBlimpie initial training costs total $5,250, which comes in under the nationwide average of $9,788.
|Travel and living expenses for two people while training, not including salaries||$3,000 to $7,500|
|Estimated total||$3,000 to $7,500|
Inventory costsInitial inventory for Blimpie shakes out to $5,000. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
|Opening inventory, including food and paper||$4,000 to $6,000|
|Estimated total||$4,000 to $6,000|
Insurance costsInitial insurance costs for Blimpie run $3,000. This means you'll be paying less than the overall nationwide average of $6,311.
|Business insurance||$1,000 to $5,000|
|Estimated total||$1,000 to $5,000|
Administrative feesBlimpie administrative fees total up to $650 — which comes in under the overall nationwide average of $6,761.
|PCI compliance costs||$0 to $1,300|
|Depository account||$3,000 (Must be replenished on a regular basis.)|
|Audit||Cost of audit plus interest at Default Rate on underpayments or the maximum rate permissible by law.|
|Estimated total||$0 to $1,300|
Other expensesMiscellaneous expenses for Blimpie total $29,125 — less than the nationwide average of $69,970.
|Miscellaneous opening costs||$4,750 to $18,500|
|Three months' additional funds||$15,000 to $20,000|
|Estimated total||$19,750 to $38,500|
How to financeSince the estimated total for Blimpie is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
- Go to the Blimpie franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
- Reach out to Blimpie about in-house financing for franchisees.
- If in-house financing isn't available, look for online loans, bank loans and SBA loans to help meet the $245,490 estimated opening costs.
- Compare lenders based on amounts, interest rates and what types of personal and business credit history they accept.
- Once you settle on a lender, gather all required documents, including account statements and assets.
- 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 Blimpie — 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 Blimpie 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.
Compare small business lendersYou may not need financing to cover the estimated $71,780. 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.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
How Blimpie stacks upCompare how Blimpie holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
|Average Franchise fees||$39,000||$20,210||$37,125|
|Average Equipment fees||$58,900||$71,505||$72,750|
|Average Real estate fees||$5,500||$110,750||$28,500|
|Average Training fees||$4,250||$5,250||$2,250|
|Average Inventory fees||$7,500||$5,000||$3,250|
|Average Marketing fees||NA||NA||$10,000|
|Average Licenses and permits fees||$1,000||NA||$900|
|Average Insurance fees||$1,350||$3,000||NA|
|Average Admin fees||$1,500||$650||$1,950|
|Average Personnel fees||NA||NA||NA|
|Average Other fees||$29,000||$29,125||$3,500|
Bottom lineBlimpie franchise costs run a total of $245,490. 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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