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Edible Arrangements Franchise Cost & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 2000
Franchising Since: 2001
Headquarters: Wallingford, Connecticut

Business Description: Edible Arrangements Businesses sell sculpted fruit floral arrangements, gift baskets made with fresh fruit, dipped fruit, fruit smoothies, fresh juices, fruit salads, and other fruit-related products.

Franchise Offer: The franchisor grants franchises for Businesses operating under the Edible Arrangements name and other Marks. Edible Arrangements Businesses operate at stores located in strip shopping centers, shopping malls, and other venues in downtown commercial areas and in suburban areas. While customers can visit the store location to order and pick up the products that the franchisee prepares for them, the franchisee will deliver most of the prepared products to customers away from the store's premises.

Financial Assistance: The franchisor has financing programs in place with Bank of America, N.A. (BOA), an unaffiliated lender, for qualified prospective franchisees (whether existing or new franchisees). The financing covers the costs of building out and equipping a new Edible Arrangements Business or purchasing an existing Edible Arrangements Business. The franchisor is not directly involved in BOA's lending decisions. Because the financing arrangement described above is not directly with the franchisor, it has no practice or intent to sell, assign, or discount to a third party all or part of the financing arrangement. Except as noted above, the franchisor and its affiliates receive no consideration for placing financing with BOA. Edible Arrangements franchisees are eligible for expedited and streamlined Small Business Administration loan processing through the SBA's Franchise Registry Program.

Training and Assistance: Edible Arrangements will train the franchisee (or the managing owner) and one on-site manager on operating an Edible Arrangements Business. Training may include an apprenticeship program, store training, corporate training, proprietary software, administrative functions, and other topics, all to be conducted at a training facility chosen by Edible Arrangements and at the franchisee’s store location. The training program is approximately 2 to 6 weeks long depending on the franchisee or managing owner's, and the manager's prior business experience and needs. Even before formal training begins, Edible Arrangements may require the franchisee (or the managing owner) and employees to take various on-line and other tests and business courses. Edible Arrangements may require the franchisee to complete certain aspects of initial and ongoing employee training by accessing its and its affiliates' proprietary training software and technology on-line through the Computer System. Edible Arrangements may require the franchisee (or managing owner) and employees to attend up to 5 more days of training at its designated location during the Business's first year of operation if believed this additional training is necessary. The franchisee (or managing owner) and/or previously trained and experienced employees must attend or otherwise participate in, and satisfactorily complete, any refresher training and other courses the franchisor periodically chooses to provide. Also, at least one of the franchisee’s representatives (an owner or another person Edible Arrangements approves) must attend, at the locations the franchisor designates, the annual or biennial conventions it conducts for Edible Arrangements Business franchisees.

Territory: The franchisee will operate the business within a non-exclusive geographic area called a Delivery Area. The Delivery Area at least 75,000 people and is defined (and revised) as the franchisor deems appropriate, for example, by cities, counties, zip codes, streets, highways, natural boundaries, or other markers.

Term of Agreement and Renewal: The length of the franchise term is 10 years. If the franchisee has substantially complied with Franchise Agreement, he or she may acquire one successor franchise for 10 years on the then-current terms.

Obligations and Restrictions: The franchisee must at all times faithfully, honestly, and diligently perform the contractual obligations. System Standards may regulate the Business’ staffing levels and employee training, dress, appearance, and demeanor. However, the franchisee has sole responsibility and authority for their labor relations, including employee selection and promotion, termination, hours worked, rates of pay, benefits, work assigned, and working conditions. Although it is recommended, the franchisee (or managing owner) need not participate personally in the Business' on-site operation. However, the franchisee then must hire a full-time manager to handle the Business's daily operation and must supervise the manager and the Business's operation. The manager must satisfactorily complete the initial training and be certified. The franchisee must offer and sell all products and perform all services periodically required for Edible Arrangements Businesses. The franchisee may not offer or sell any products or perform any services that have not been authorized.

Estimated Number of Units: 1,255

Investment Information:
Total Estimated Initial Investment $196,610 to $327,810

The above information has been compiled from the FDD of Edible Arrangements and company reported information. Year of FDD: 2016.

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