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The Glass Guru Franchise Cost & Fees

Date of Incorporation: 2004
Franchising Since: 2007
Headquarters: Roseville, California

Business Description: The Glass Guru Franchise Systems, Inc. is the franchisor. Franchisees operate a business offering glass, window and door restoration and replacement services for residential and commercial customers.

Franchise Offer: The franchisor grants franchises to qualified persons or business entities in connection with the service mark “The Glass Guru” and other related trademarks and logos.

Financial Assistance: If franchisees meet the franchisor’s credit standards, it may finance a portion of the initial franchise fee. The portion financed must not exceed 30% of the total initial franchise fee. The availability of this installment payment option will be subject to the sole discretion of the franchisor. The financing provided by the franchisor includes only the Initial Franchise Fee as described. The franchisor does not provide financing or guarantee the franchisee’s lease or any other obligations.

Training and Assistance: The franchisor will conduct an initial training program that the Designated Manager (which is the franchisee, if the franchisee is not a corporation or other business entity) must attend and complete to our satisfaction. Although initial training is mandatory for the Designated Manager, it is also available for one office assistant and up to two additional field or office assistants with prior approval from the franchisor. Training will take place at the franchisor’s headquarters or at another location it designates on an as needed basis as it may determine. Periodically, the franchisor may require that previously trained and experienced franchisees, managers or employees attend refresher-training programs to be conducted at the franchisor’s headquarters or another location. The franchisor may hold an Annual Convention of franchisees, and if it does, franchisees or their Designated Manager must attend the Annual Convention.

Territory: The franchisor will grant franchisees a minimum Area of Primary Responsibility that consists of a geographic area surrounding the Franchised Business. The Area of Primary Responsibility may be either a metropolitan”+” market containing a population of 1,000,001 or more; a metropolitan market containing a population of between 750,001 to 1,000,000 persons, a major market containing a population of between 500,001 to 750,000 persons, a minor market containing a population of between 250,001 to 500,000 persons, or a micro market containing a population from 10,000 to 250,000. Franchisees will not receive an exclusive service territory. Franchisees may face competition from other franchisees, from outlets that the franchisor may own in the future, or from other channels of distribution or competitive brands that the franchisor controls.

Term of Agreement and Renewal: The initial franchise term is 5 years. Franchisees may renew for 3 additional terms of 5 years each, if conditions are met.

Obligations and Restrictions: The Franchised Business must always be under the direct full-time supervision of a Designated Manager, which is the franchisee if you are an individual, or is an individual selected if the franchisee is a business entity. The Designated Manager must attend and satisfactorily complete the initial training program before opening the Franchised Business. Franchisees must operate the Franchised Business in strict conformity with the methods, standards and specifications in the Manual and as the franchisor may require otherwise in writing. Franchisees may not deviate from these standards, specifications and procedures without our written consent. Franchisees must offer the services and products the franchisor specifies in strict accordance with its standards and specifications.

Estimated Number of Units: 85

Investment Tables:
Initial Investment
Name of Fee Low High
Franchise Fee $15,000 $65,000
Real Estate/Rent $0 $3,000
Utility Deposits $0 $500
Leasehold Improvements $0 $2,000
Insurance $500 $1,500
Office Equipment and Supplies $300 $1,000
Training $1,500 $2,500
Signage $1,000 $2,000
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment $500 $3,500
The Glass Guru Tool Kit Supplies $500 $5,000
Computer Equipment $0 $2,500
FranConnect Software or Equivalent $240 $240
Phone System $300 $1,000
Vehicle $0 $2,000
Grand Opening/Direct Advertising $5,000 $10,000
Licenses & Permits $350 $750
Legal & Accounting $2,500 $5,000
Additional Funds/Working Capital (3 months) $5,000 $15,000
ESTIMATED TOTAL $32,190 $122,250
Other Fees
Type of Fee Amount
Royalty Fee 5% of Gross Sales for Restoration Services; 4 to 5% of Gross Sales for Replacement Services.
Marketing Fund Contribution 1% of Gross Sales.
Local Advertising Greater of 5% of Gross Sales or minimum monthly local advertising expenditure based on size of the Area of Primary Responsibility.
Pay Per Click Minimum of 25% percent of the Local Advertising budget.
Cooperative Advertising Any or all of required Local Advertising may be re-designated for Cooperative Advertising.
Telephone Directory Advertising Varies according to area and type of listing.
FranConnect Software or Other Equipment Software as Authorized Currently $80 per month for FranConnect.
Late Entry Fee $75
Audit Expenses All costs and expenses associated with audit.
Late Fees 1.5% per month or the highest rate allowed by the law of the state where you are located, whichever is less.
Insurance Policies Amount of unpaid premiums plus the franchisor’s reasonable expenses in obtaining the policies.
Transfer Fee $5,000
System Modifications An amount not unreasonably disproportionate to the franchisee’s original investment.
Customer Service All costs incurred in assisting the franchisee’s customers.
Substitute or New Manager Training Rates as published in the Manual; currently, $100 per day, plus expenses as well as employees’ expenses in attending.
Temporary Management Assistance Market rates, currently $250 per day, plus expenses or 25% of the Gross Sales during that period.
Ongoing Training Programs Fees as determined by the franchisor.
Additional Training Rates as published in the Manual; currently, $100 per day per person, plus expenses as well as employees’ expenses in attending.
Additional Operations Assistance Rates as published in the Manual; currently, $250 per day per staff member plus the franchisor’s expenses.
New Technician Training Franchisees are required to pay the then-current standard rates for technician training and certification programs, currently $100 per day. In addition, all expenses incurred by the franchisee’s technicians in attending these programs, including travel costs, room and board expenses and employees’ salaries will be the franchisee’s sole responsibility.
Annual Convention The then current registration fee based on our costs, currently estimated at $225
Cost of Enforcement All costs including attorneys’ fees.
Indemnification All costs including attorneys’ fees.
Pay Per Click Management Fee Currently $75 per month.
Administrative Fee for Improper Reporting $75 each occurrence.
Charge for Insufficient Funds Currently $25 each occurrence.

The above information has been taken from the FDD of The Glass Guru. Year of FDD: 2015

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