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Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill Franchise Costs & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 1994
Franchising Since: 1995
Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona

Business Description: The franchisor is Kahala Franchising, L.L.C. Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill franchisees operate a restaurant called Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill, preparing and serving specialized Japanese fast food and related menu items.

Franchise Offer: If qualified, the person may (i) construct a new Samurai Sam’s restaurant; (ii) purchase one of the franchisor’s Samurai Sam’s franchises by acquiring an existing business from another franchisee or from the franchisor. A “traditional” Samurai Sam’s restaurant is any Samurai Sam’s location offering the full Samurai Sam’s menu. A “non-traditional” Samurai Sam’s restaurant is a Samurai Sam’s that generally offers a limited version of the full Samurai Sam’s menu in existence at traditional Samurai Sam’s restaurants, at non-traditional locations such as an airport, shopping mall, department store, stadium, entertainment pavilion, amusement park, sports or entertainment venue, train station, travel plaza, cafeteria, retail store, military base, hospital, hotel, casino or high school or college campus.

Financial Assistance: The franchisor does not offer any direct or indirect financing or financing arrangement, nor will it guaranty obligations under any note or other obligation, except potentially for the lease for a franchisee’s site or if they purchase a restaurant corporate-owned “as-is” by one of its affiliates, and only in its sole and absolute discretion.

Training and Assistance: The franchisor will make a Training Program available to franchisees and their designated representative after they sign the Franchise Agreement. The classroom portion of the Training Program will be held at KTEC, which is located at the franchisor’s corporate offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the in-store portion of the Training Program will be held at the designated training restaurant in the metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona area, or at such other location(s) as the franchisor may designate in its sole discretion. The franchisor will provide one of its representatives to come to the restaurant during opening week for up to five days at its expense to work with franchisees and their manager on the grand opening, and on operating and marketing the restaurant. The franchisor may, in the future, hold refresher or additional training programs, conferences and seminars. Franchisees attendance at these programs is mandatory.

Territory: The franchise is granted only for the location specified in the Franchise Agreement or a location to be approved by us. The specific site of your Samurai Sam’s restaurant is subject to the franchisor’s approval. The franchisor will not unreasonably withhold our approval of the location. Franchisees will not receive an exclusive territory. Franchisees may face competition from other franchisees, from restaurants that the franchisor owns, or from other channels of distribution or competitive brands that the franchisor controls. Franchisees will not receive an option, right of first refusal or other rights under the Franchise Agreement.

Term of Agreement and Renewal: If franchisees are purchasing a new or existing non-operating restaurant, the initial franchise term is 10 years from the date the restaurant opens to the public. If franchisees are purchasing an existing and operating restaurant, the initial franchise term is 10 years from the effective date of the franchise agreement. If franchisees are not in default and satisfy certain conditions, they may renew for 10 years.

Obligations and Restrictions: While the Franchise Agreement does not specifically require franchisees or their principals to personally participate in the direct operation of the franchise, it is the franchisor’s intention to select as Samurai Sam’s franchisees only those who plan to actively participate in the direct operation and daily affairs of the Samurai Sam’s restaurant. The franchise must be personally managed with on-premises supervision and directly operated by franchisees or another partner, shareholder or member of their business organization, or a manager who must have successfully completed the Training Program. If franchisees are a married individual, their spouse must sign the Guaranty of Franchise Agreement under the spousal consent, and if they purchase a corporate restaurant, their spouse must sign the Guaranty of Sublease under the spousal consent. The franchisor requires that the business is solely that of a Samurai Sam’s restaurant, and they may not conduct any other business or activity at the site of the restaurant without our prior written approval. For traditional Samurai Sam’s franchises, franchisees must offer the full menu prescribed by the franchisor, subject to change from time to time in its sole discretion. Non-traditional Samurai Sam’s franchises may offer a more limited menu than the traditional Samurai Sam’s franchises, as detailed in the Operations Manual.

Estimated Number of Units: 30

Investment Tables:
Initial Investment for a Traditional Restaurant
Name of Fee Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $14,000 $30,000
Lease Review Fee $0 $1,250
Rent/Security Deposit (for 3 months) $6,000 $30,000
Travel and Living Expenses while Training (2 people; not including salaries, if any, for franchisees and their employees) $2,500 $5,000
Real Estate Varies
Architectural Fees $5,000 $10,000
Leasehold Improvements $20,000 $180,000
Restaurant Equipment, Furniture, Small Wares, Interior Signage and Menu Panels $35,000 $80,000
Exterior Signage $9,000 $20,000
Computer Hardware, Software (POS System) $2,700 $12,000
PCI Compliance Costs $150 $1,300
Opening Inventory (food and paper) $2,500 $7,000
Business Insurance $1,000 $5,000
Miscellaneous Opening Costs $4,750 $15,500
Grand Opening $5,000 $10,000
Depository Account $3,000 $3,000
Additional Funds – 3 month initial period $5,000 $20,000
ESTIMATED TOTAL (Does not include real estate costs and/or rent for the business location except for the initial security deposit.) $115,600 $430,050
Initial Investment for a Non-Traditional Restaurant
Name of Fee Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $4,000 $7,500
Lease Review Fee $0 $1,250
Rent/Security Deposit (for 3 months) $6,000 $30,000
Travel and Living Expenses while Training (2 people; not including salaries, if any, for franchisees and their employees) $2,500 $5,000
Real Estate Varies
Architectural Fees $5,000 $10,000
Leasehold Improvements $20,000 $125,000
Restaurant Equipment, Furniture, Small Wares, Interior Signage and Menu Panels $35,000 $65,000
Exterior Signage $9,000 $20,000
Computer Hardware, Software (POS System) $2,700 $12,000
PCI Compliance Costs $150 $1,300
Opening Inventory (food and paper) $2,500 $7,000
Business Insurance $1,000 $5,000
Miscellaneous Opening Costs $4,750 $15,500
Grand Opening $2,000 $6,000
Depository Account $3,000 $3,000
Additional Funds – 3 month initial period $5,000 $20,000
ESTIMATED TOTAL (Does not include real estate costs and/or rent for the business location except for the initial security deposit.) $102,600 $333,550
Other Fees
Type of Fee Amount
Royalty Fee and Surcharge Royalty Fee is the greater of the following: (i) 6% of total weekly Gross Sales or (ii) $300 per week. Surcharge is a maximum of $10 per week in addition to the Royalty Fee.
Advertising Fees Up to 4% of weekly Gross Sales.
Additional Persons Training Fee $1,000 per person ($500 per person for the In-Store portion of the Training Program, and $500 per person for the New Owner Training portion of the Training Program).
Annual Meeting Registration Fee Up to $1,000 plus incidental costs to attend.
Depository Account $3,000 (Must be replenished on a regular basis).
Data Fees Up to $75 per month (Subject to reasonable annual and/or service enhancement increases).
POS Help Desk Phone Support Maintenance Contract Fee $55 per month.
Renewal Fee $5,000
Transfer Fee – Traditional Locations $20,000 (if transfer occurs within first 24 months of effective date of Franchise Agreement); $7,500 (if transfer occurs more than 24 months after the effective date of the Franchise Agreement).
Transfer Fee – Non-Traditional Locations $5,000 for non-traditional locations.
Relocation Fee $500
Additional Training Fee in the Event of a Transfer of the Franchise Agreement $2,500 for two individuals ($500 for each additional individual).
Additional Training Fee $300 per person per day.
Document Administration Fee (if redraft is requested by franchisee) $500
Default Interest $50 plus interest at 1.5% per month or maximum legal rate, if less.
Late Report Fee $100 per report.
Collection Costs All collection costs including reasonable attorneys' fees.
Non-Sufficient Funds Fee $50 for each electronic funds transfer returned for non-sufficient funds; $25 for each check or draft returned for non-sufficient funds.
Audit Cost of Audit plus interest at Default Rate on underpayments or the maximum rate permissible by law.
New Supplier Approval Fee A charge not to exceed the reasonable cost of the inspection and the actual cost of the test not to exceed $5,000
Non-Participation Fee $100 per day.
Reinstatement Fee $2,500
Early Termination The average monthly Royalty and Advertising Fees paid for any consecutive 12 month period within the preceding 48 month period multiplied by the number of months remaining in the term of the Franchise Agreement, and the product is divided by 2
Management Fee 6% of the Franchised Business’ Gross Sales (in addition to the Royalty Fee and Advertising Fee) plus the franchisor’s direct out-of-pocket costs and expenses.

The above information has been taken from the FDD of Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill. Year of FDD: 2015

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