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How Much Time Do I Have to Open My Franchise?

How Much Time Do I Have to Open My Franchise?

Are you trying to figure out how much time you have to open your franchise locations? If so, you’re not alone.

At Jack in the Box, this is one of the most common questions we receive before a franchisee signs their development agreement.

In this article, we will go over your development schedule along with how much time you’ll have to open your franchise restaurants.

Time to Open Your First Location

At Jack in the Box, we typically offer an 18-month term when it comes to opening the doors of your first location.

This means you will have 18 months to work with your Regional Real Estate Director to find a location and construct your restaurant with the help of our Design & Construction Department.

During this timeframe, you will complete our training program along with other tasks to prepare for your grand opening.

Jack in the Box franchisees must complete a comprehensive training program to learn our system. Through a combination of computer-based and on-the-job training, you’ll receive instruction on topics pertaining to our:

  • Point-of-Sale System
  • Ordering and Inventory Tracking
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Information Technology
  • Setting & Achieving Growth Goals

By the time your training is complete, you should feel confident about operating your new restaurant.

What If I Plan to Open Multiple Locations?

If your development agreement is for more than one store, then we will lay out a plan with the number of units and time you’ll have to complete them.

For most cases, you’ll have 18 months to open the first location then additional time for each subsequent location you plan to open.

Your development schedule will include a timeline outlining when you should open the first, second, third, and so forth locations.

We will go over the exact terms of your development schedule before you sign your Jack in the Box development agreement.

What If I Can’t Open My Restaurant in Time?

If you’re unable to meet the terms of your development schedule, you may request an extension based to receive an additional 12 months added to your timeline.

During the term of your development agreement, there will be intermediate benchmarks that will allow us to monitor your projected open date to determine if an extension is necessary.

Once approved, each location under your development agreement will qualify for the extension. We will make an amendment to reflect the new required open date and collect a $5,000 extension fee.

The extension fee is applied to your remaining initial franchise fee, and it is due when the location opens.

As a franchisee with Jack in the Box, you will receive our full support to help you find, develop, and operate your restaurants.

We have a comprehensive support system with dedicated resources to help you navigate the development process.

Check Out These Additional Resources

We hope this article gave you a better understanding of how long you have to open your franchise locations.

At Jack in the Box, we work with our franchisees every step of the way to get their restaurants up and running.

Here are some additional online resources you may like to check out:

If you have any questions, please contact our franchise sales and support team.

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