Frequently Asked Questions
Captain D’s is seeking to expand our national footprint in select markets throughout the country. See our Growth Markets page for more information.
Our franchise agreements typically establish a 20-year initial franchise term.
The initial franchise fee for each Captain D’s restaurant is $35,000. Qualifying veterans may receive a discounted fee of up to 1/2 off the initial franchise fee.
We charge a 4.5% royalty on sales from your Captain D’s restaurant.
Currently we are offering an incentive. Franchise Owners will receive up to 6 months of no royalty fees for locations that open 60 days or more ahead of their development schedule.
Additional royalty free grace periods will be in place for Franchise Owners that meet even more open date milestones, including:
- 5 months royalty free when your location opens 30 days ahead of schedule
- 4 months royalty free when your location opens no later than 90 days past your scheduled opening
- 3 months royalty free when your location opens no later than 91-150 days past your scheduled opening
We charge an advertising fee of 1.1% of gross sales. This fee covers the compelling advertising campaigns, promotions, and public relations programs developed and delivered by our marketing team to drive sales at your store and throughout the Captain D’s system. We ask all franchisees to spend between 2% and 4% of gross sales (depending on whether your market has an advertising co-op) toward local store marketing.
An individual, a company, or a group of partners applying to open a new Captain D’s franchise must have $350,000 in liquid assets available for investment and a collective minimum net worth of $1,000,000.
The expected initial investment for a restaurant is $781,000 to $1,113,000. This amount excludes the cost of real estate, but does include site preparation and development.
Yes. With over 56% of our franchise system multi-unit operators, they are expanding to make sure they can own as much of their market as possible before it is sold out.
We do not offer financing to franchisees; however, we can provide a list of banks and financing institutions that have We do not offer financing to franchisees; however, we can provide a list of banks and financing institutions that have expressed interest in lending to Captain D’s franchisees. To facilitate financing, Captain D’s is listed on the SBA Registry.
Also, through our partnership with BoeFly.com and their powerful resources and processes, franchisees have access to thousands of lenders through a single loan request. BoeFly.com is secure and puts you in the driver’s seat — improving your odds of accessing a small business loan and ultimately getting better terms. In addition, BoeFly.com automatically includes the Captain D’s material in your loan package that lenders need to see.
Financing questions? Through our relationship with BoeFly.com, you can receive a free consult. Just call 1-800-277-3158 and reference Captain D’s.
We use sophisticated site-analysis tools that help franchisees assess sites based on trade area demographics and competitive intelligence. You’ll have the full support of our real estate team to give you confidence in choosing the best location. If you already own property, it will need to meet pre-established demographic and location criteria. Our real estate team can provide you with more information on our requirements.
We require that the franchise operator (not necessarily the franchisee) have at least two years of experience managing a retail business. If the operator is not the franchisee, we require the operator to have some ownership interest in the franchise.