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Pizza Franchise Costs and Investment

Starting your own business is a big decision, and you want to be confident that you’re spending your money wisely. A good franchise investment helps you meet your financial goals, but what makes a good investment? To put it simply, a good investment is one that is profitable. If you’re willing to work hard and follow our processes, you can be successful as an Antioch Pizza franchise owner. Read on to learn more about the pizza franchise costs you can expect.

3 Pizza Franchise Formats to Fit Your Goals

Many franchise opportunities in the pizza industry offer you a one-size-fits-all business model. At Antioch Pizza, we believe you deserve the opportunity to decide which kind of restaurant makes sense for your skills and financial goals. That’s why we offer three different pizza franchise formats.

Dine-in or Takeout/Delivery Franchise

For many franchisees, traditional dine-in or takeout/delivery pizza restaurants make the most sense. The primary difference is the availability of seating: dine-in restaurants have it, and takeout/delivery restaurants don’t. Our dine-in format locations tend to have a larger footprint (2,000-3,000 sq ft), whereas takeout/delivery locations are most often found in shopping centers and strip malls (1,000-2,000 sq ft). The training process and menu for both dine-in and takeout/delivery format restaurants are identical.

Express Restaurant

With our Express format, franchisees get the best of both worlds! Express restaurants are welcome to have a seating area, but like our takeout/delivery locations, they are smaller spaces with lower operating costs (up to 2,000 sq ft). Since our express format restaurants feature a limited menu – including grab-and-go pizza slices and made-fresh salads, sandwiches, and pasta – you’re able to operate out of a smaller kitchen. This means that build-out is less expensive and the equipment costs are much lower. The training for this format is shorter, so you’re able to get open sooner and train employees faster.

Pizza Food Truck

This format is best for entrepreneurs who want a little more freedom to move around. Food trucks are an especially good option for those who want to test out Antioch Pizza in a new market, as well as brick-and-mortar restaurant owners who would like to operate a second location. Similar to the express restaurant, food trucks serve a smaller menu. Food truck owners can set their own hours of operation, making them a perfect choice for business owners who aren’t relying on their new Antioch Pizza franchise as a sole source of income.

If you aren’t sure which format is the best choice for you, we’ll be happy to talk you through your options and help you make the best decision.

Your Pizza Franchise Investment

To start, here are a few pizza franchise costs for which you should budget. Your initial franchise fee will be paid in a lump sum when you sign your franchise agreement and depends on which of our franchise formats you choose.

The initial franchise fees are as follows:







Prior to opening your restaurant, you’ll be required to purchase 1-2 dough rollers from our affiliate,
which will cost $3,500 to $10,000.

The approximate initial investment
for each of our three formats is as follows:

$218,000 – $695,000


$101,500 – $324,000


$103,500 – $189,500


Where your investment falls in that range varies depending on a number of factors, including the size of your restaurant, the improvements it will need, and whether or not your landlord will provide an allowance for improvements. You can also expect it to include materials, equipment, marketing costs, and other expenses related to opening a business.

Throughout the life of your business, you’ll pay several fees each month, including a 5% royalty, 1% marketing services fee, and a minimum 1% fee for local marketing expenditures. You’ll also want to budget for additional fees as incurred, such as additional training and franchise conference registration.

Understanding Pizza Franchise Cost

As part of the franchise process, we’ll provide you with a copy of our franchise disclosure document, or FDD. The FDD includes financial information to help you determine whether Antioch Pizza is the right choice for your financial goals. Please ask us any questions you might have about the FDD or your pizza franchise investment – we want you to make an informed decision!

Recession Resilience in the Pizza Industry

Not all businesses are built to survive tough economic times, especially in the foodservice industry. Although it’s well-known that many restaurants don’t survive their first year in business, opportunities in the QSR industry – including pizzerias – are built to succeed where others fail. Thanks to their dependability, quality, and convenience, pizza thrived during the pandemic and is estimated to grow by $51.38 billion over the next few years. There couldn’t be a better time to enter this booming industry with a proven franchise like Antioch Pizza.

To learn more about your financial opportunities as an Antioch Pizza franchisee, fill out our online form today to submit an inquiry. Our franchising team will be in touch shortly with all the information you need to make a smart franchise investment.

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