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Buffalo Wild Wings franchise financing options
Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a Buffalo Wild Wings.
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 feesBuffalo Wild Wings franchise fees total around $17,500, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
|Initial franchise fee||$10,000 to $25,000|
|Estimated total||$10,000 to $25,000|
Equipment feesEquipment fees total $1,060,750 for Buffalo Wild Wings. This costs more than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
|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 feesReal 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.
|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 feesBuffalo Wild Wings initial training costs total $17,500 — more than the nationwide average of $9,788.
|Opening team training fee||$0 to $15,000|
|Training expenses||$8,000 to $12,000|
|Estimated total||$8,000 to $27,000|
Inventory costsInitial inventory for Buffalo Wild Wings shakes out to $15,000. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
|Initial inventory||$12,000 to $18,000|
|Estimated total||$12,000 to $18,000|
Marketing costsAdvertisement and marketing costs total up to $12,500 for Buffalo Wild Wings, which is more than the nationwide average of $9,938.
|Grand opening advertising||$12,500 to $12,500|
|Estimated total||$12,500 to $12,500|
Licenses and permits costsBuffalo 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 costsInitial 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||$14,400 to $40,000|
|Estimated total||$14,400 to $40,000|
Personnel costsUniforms, 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.
|Reimbursement of expenses for opening team||$0 to $15,000|
|Estimated total||$0 to $15,000|
Other expensesMiscellaneous expenses for Buffalo Wild Wings total $170,000 — more than the nationwide average of $69,970.
|Three months' additional funds||$100,000 to $150,000|
|Professional fees||$20,000 to $70,000|
|Estimated total||$120,000 to $220,000|
How to financeSince the estimated total for Buffalo Wild Wings is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
- Go to the Buffalo Wild Wings franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
- Reach out to Buffalo Wild Wings 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 $3,430,450 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 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.
Compare small business lendersYou 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.
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 Buffalo Wild Wings stacks upCompare 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 lineBuffalo 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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