Domestic Requirements

Shoney’s Restaurants have the opportunity for tremendous growth in various local and international markets. Our success will come from securing passionate and trusted franchise area developers who consistently will deliver a superior dining experience.
  • Domestic Restaurants

    • Cash Investment
    • Net Worth
    • Franchise Fee
    • $500,000
    • $1.5 million
    • $35,000
    For franchisees purchasing existing restaurants, these requirements may be lowered depending on the specific situation.

  • Shoney's On The Go

    • Cash Investment
    • Net Worth
    • Franchise Fee
    • $250,000
    • $1.5 million
    • $25,000

Shoney’s® Franchisee Profile

Shoney’s currently offers franchise opportunities for individuals and companies interested in single and multi-unit development in select territories around the country. Our business model will give an opportunity to a franchisee developer to build the Shoney’s brand in his or her territory, as well as leverage marketing and purchasing capacity. Our goal is to select franchisees who possess the right mix of expertise and enthusiasm, as well as the following characteristics:

  • Solid business experience
  • Multi-unit management
  • Proven expertise in retail (food and beverage a plus)
  • Previous franchise experience advantageous

Process

The first step to be awarded the rights to operate a Shoney’s franchise in your territory is to complete the Shoney’s Request for Consideration Form (RFC). This will provide us with the necessary information to evaluate your background and your financial and management capabilities.

Financial Information

We may request additional information related to the financial details disclosed in the Request for Consideration Form.

Business Plan

Should we move forward with your request, you will be required to submit a brief business plan for development. This should include market research on the territory and a proforma.

Visit with Executive from Shoney’s Domestic Franchising Team

If, during the first face-to-face meeting or telephone conference with one of our sales directors, you are interested in continuing the process towards owning a Shoney’s Franchise, you will be provided with our Franchise Disclosure Document, which is commonly referred to as the FDD, to assist you with your due diligence investigation of the Shoney’s® brand.

Letter of Intent

After careful consideration and mutual due diligence investigations, if there is continued interest on both sides in considering moving forward, Shoney’s will submit a Letter of Intent to you which includes the fees as well as basic terms and conditions of the relationship. If approved, you may enter into a Development Agreement and pay the Development Fee, or you may enter into a Franchise Agreement for a single restaurant location and pay the Franchise Fee.

Signing the Franchise Development Agreement and/or Franchise Agreement

Once the Shoney’s Franchise Committee approves your application, you will be sent the Development Agreement and/or Franchise Agreement that you will be required to sign.

Paying the Development Fee and/or the Franchise Fee

Once we receive the signed agreements and all necessary documentation with the Development and/or Franchise Fees, we will countersign your agreements and return a countersigned copy to you.

Welcome to the Shoney’s Family!

Once we have countersigned your Agreements and received your Development and/or Franchise Fees, you are now officially a Shoney’s® franchisee and our franchise services team will begin working directly with you to open your Restaurant as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Property
Property Requirements

Finding the right location is the most important characteristic of our business. Site acceptance by Shoney’s does not in any way imply an assurance of the success of the proposed restaurant and that such acceptance signifies only that the site meets the minimum site requirements of Shoney’s, based upon our past experience.

Location Profile
Traditional Location: Stand-alone building or strip center end-cap

Non-Traditional Location: Airports, Colleges / Universities, Casinos, Sports / Entertainment Venues, Travel Centers
Building Sq. Footage: 1,400-2,800 Shoney’s on the go and 4,000-6,000 stand alone and nontraditional end cap prototype option available.
End-cap Requirements:

  • 3800 sq. ft. +-
  • 50 or more parking spaces
  • Access delivery space for food truck
  • Garbage disposal area

Minimum Parking: Shoney’s on the go: 40 / Stand Alone: Small – 60 / Large – 85+
Traffic counts: 20-30K cars (non-interstate sites)
Population (5 miles): Small markets – 15,000-40,000 / Large markets – 40,000+
Ingress/Egress Signage: Non-median bound, access to major and minor arteries
Site Visibility: High
Street Speed: 35-40 mph (ideal)
Signage: High rise and reader-board signs preferred. Monument sign acceptable for a strong site.
Prime Generators: Hotels, office complexes, light industrial, hospitals, transportation centers, colleges/universities, churches, big box retail, malls, sports complexes (K-12 and/or college), sports/ Entertainment arenas, interstate accessibility
Additional Info: Site will need two entrances for food delivery from 18 wheelers, garbage disposal area for in and out service, 60+ parking places and it’s always a plus if there is room for bus parking. We recommend going with a site no smaller than 1.2 acres. End cap prototype is available as well. Zoning that allows the sale of alcohol.