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Caribou Coffee franchise financing options
Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a Caribou Coffee.
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 Caribou Coffee franchise may result in higher or lower fees.
Franchise feesCaribou Coffee franchise fees total around $18,750, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
|Initial license fee||$12,500 to $25,000|
|Estimated total||$12,500 to $25,000|
Equipment feesEquipment fees total $167,448 for Caribou Coffee. This is less than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
|Furniture, fixtures, interior signage and equipment||$102,000 to $142,000|
|Exterior signage||$1,600 to $50,000|
|Point-of-sale system||$10,000 to $29,295|
|Estimated total||$113,600 to $221,295|
Real estate feesReal estate will set you back $280,250 for Caribou Coffee, thought it's less than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
|Real estate and rent||$7,500 to $27,000|
|Leasehold improvements||$45,000 to $430,000|
|Architect and design work||$11,000 to $40,000|
|Estimated total||$63,500 to $497,000|
Training feesCaribou Coffee initial training costs total $7,750, which comes in under the nationwide average of $9,788.
|Initial and additional training expenses, unless trained by certified manager||$1,500 to $6,000|
|Weekly cost of trainers' travel, hotel and living expenses for additional in-store training and grand opening support||$1,500 to $6,500|
|Estimated total||$3,000 to $12,500|
Inventory costsInitial inventory for Caribou Coffee shakes out to $14,000. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
|Opening inventory and supplies||$9,000 to $19,000|
|Estimated total||$9,000 to $19,000|
Marketing costsAdvertisement and marketing costs total up to $11,250 for Caribou Coffee, which is more than the nationwide average of $9,938.
|Opening campaign||$2,500 to $20,000|
|Estimated total||$2,500 to $20,000|
Administrative feesCaribou Coffee administrative fees total up to $9,970 — which comes in over the overall nationwide average of $6,761.
|Prepaid expenses and deposits||$6,740 to $13,200|
|Estimated total||$6,740 to $13,200|
Other expensesMiscellaneous expenses for Caribou Coffee total $72,500 — more than the nationwide average of $69,970.
|Miscellaneous opening costs||$1,000 to $42,000|
|Three months' additional funds||$12,000 to $90,000|
|Estimated total||$13,000 to $132,000|
How to financeSince the estimated total for Caribou Coffee is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
- Go to the Caribou Coffee franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
- Reach out to Caribou Coffee 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 $581,918 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 Caribou Coffee — 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 Caribou Coffee 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 $223,840. 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 Caribou Coffee stacks upCompare how Caribou Coffee holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
|Average Franchise fees||$15,000||$18,750||$37,500|
|Average Equipment fees||$235,000||$167,448||$663,000|
|Average Real estate fees||$1,380,050||$280,250||$2,954,500|
|Average Training fees||$48,500||$7,750||$50,000|
|Average Inventory fees||$6,178||$14,000||$42,500|
|Average Marketing fees||NA||$11,250||NA|
|Average Licenses and permits fees||$8,250||NA||NA|
|Average Insurance fees||$5,750||NA||NA|
|Average Admin fees||NA||$9,970||NA|
|Average Personnel fees||NA||NA||NA|
|Average Other fees||$112,500||$72,500||$105,000|
Bottom lineCaribou Coffee franchise costs run a total of $581,918. 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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