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Buffalo Wild Wings franchise financing options

Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Overall costs for Buffalo Wild Wings run anywhere from $2,657,600 to $4,203,300. 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 Buffalo Wild Wings franchise may result in higher or lower fees.

Franchise fees

Buffalo Wild Wings franchise fees total around $17,500, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
Franchise Cost
Initial franchise fee $10,000 to $25,000
Estimated total $10,000 to $25,000

Equipment fees

Equipment fees total $1,060,750 for Buffalo Wild Wings. This costs more than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
Equipment Cost
Furniture, fixtures, equipment and other fixed assets $561,000 to $577,000
Audio-visual equipment $204,000 to $440,000
Computer point-of-sale system and kitchen display unit $65,000 to $75,000
Office equipment and supplies $6,000 to $13,000
Sports memorabilia $12,500 to $25,000
Signage and graphics, excluding pylon or monument signage $43,000 to $100,000
Estimated total $891,500 to $1,230,000

Real estate fees

Real estate will set you back $1,850,000 for Buffalo Wild Wings, which is more expensive than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
Real estate Cost
Fees related to site approval $1,200 to $53,800
Architecture fees, based upon utilization of national firm $60,000 to $150,000
Construction and leasehold improvements $1,513,000 to 1,892,000
Lease and utility security deposit $10,000 to $20,000
Estimated total $1,584,200 to $2,115,800

Training fees

Buffalo Wild Wings initial training costs total $17,500 — more than the nationwide average of $9,788.
Training Cost
Opening team training fee $0 to $15,000
Training expenses $8,000 to $12,000
Estimated total $8,000 to $27,000

Inventory costs

Initial inventory for Buffalo Wild Wings shakes out to $15,000. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
Inventory Cost
Initial inventory $12,000 to $18,000
Estimated total $12,000 to $18,000

Marketing costs

Advertisement and marketing costs total up to $12,500 for Buffalo Wild Wings, which is more than the nationwide average of $9,938.
Marketing Cost
Grand opening advertising $12,500 to $12,500
Estimated total $12,500 to $12,500

Licenses and permits costs

Buffalo Wild Wings initial licenses and permits will set you back $252,500. This comes out to more than $18,770 — the overall nationwide average.
Licenses and permits Cost
Liquor license $5,000 to $500,000
Estimated total $5,000 to $500,000

Insurance costs

Initial insurance costs for Buffalo Wild Wings run $27,200. This means you'll be paying more than the overall nationwide average of $6,311.
Insurance Cost
Insurance $14,400 to $40,000
Estimated total $14,400 to $40,000

Personnel costs

Uniforms, name tags and the like make up personnel costs, and for Buffalo Wild Wings it will run you $7,500. The nationwide average cost of personnel fees comes in at $22,818, which means you'll be paying less to outfit your employees.
Personnel Cost
Reimbursement of expenses for opening team $0 to $15,000
Estimated total $0 to $15,000

Other expenses

Miscellaneous expenses for Buffalo Wild Wings total $170,000 — more than the nationwide average of $69,970.
Other Cost
Three months' additional funds $100,000 to $150,000
Professional fees $20,000 to $70,000
Estimated total $120,000 to $220,000
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 Buffalo Wild Wings is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
  1. Go to the Buffalo Wild Wings franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
  2. Reach out to Buffalo Wild Wings 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 $3,430,450 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 Buffalo Wild Wings — 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 Buffalo Wild Wings 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 Buffalo Wild Wings 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 $2,657,600. 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
Biz2Credit business loans
up to $6 million
up to $6 million
6+ months in business; $100,000+ monthly revenue; 500+ credit score
Get only the capital you need through secure, prescreened lenders with this highly rated company offering SBA, expansion, working capital and other loans.
OnDeck short-term loans
600+ personal credit score, 1 year in business, $100,000+ annual revenue, active business checking account
A leading online business lender offering flexible financing at competitive fixed rates.
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.
ROK Financial business loans
Eligibility criteria 3+ months in business, $15,000+ in monthly gross sales or $180,000+ in annual sales
A connection service for all types of businesses — even startups.

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How Buffalo Wild Wings stacks up

Compare how Buffalo Wild Wings holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza Buffalo Wild Wings Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Average Franchise fees $25,000 $17,500 NA
Average Equipment fees $157,400 $1,060,750 $3,200,312,500
Average Real estate fees $141,680 $1,850,000 $215,000,059,625
Average Training fees $9,423 $17,500 $7,500
Average Inventory fees $6,000 $15,000 $26,000
Average Marketing fees $30,000 $12,500 $8,750
Average Licenses and permits fees NA $252,500 $30,000
Average Insurance fees $775 $27,200 NA
Average Admin fees $4,650 NA NA
Average Personnel fees NA $7,500 NA
Average Other fees $30,635 $170,000 $57,500

Bottom line

Buffalo Wild Wings franchise costs run a total of $3,430,450. 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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