• America's Favorite Seafood Franchise

What Are my Startup Costs?

Owning a Captain D’s seafood restaurant franchise is much more affordable than you think

Captain D’s is a well-established franchise with tremendous growth potential. Our highly recognized name in the fast-casual dining sector, combined with the explosive growth of consumer interest in healthy dining alternatives, means our franchise owners are poised for even greater success in the coming years.

Learn about Captain D's franchise cost to open a store like this!

Captain D’s has some basic requirements of franchisees. We are looking for both single and multi-unit owners who have a history of business success. Captain D’s comes to the table with attractive incentives in key markets, and the franchise partner who will be approved must be committed to restaurant operation and expanding the brand.

A franchise owner/operator must have:

  • Collective Net Worth: $1,000,000
  • Liquid Assets: $350,000

The development costs for a single-unit, Captain D’s franchise location will be between $781,000 and $1,113,000.

Franchise fees are as follows:

  • Initial Fee: $35,000
  • Royalty: 4.5% of sales
  • Advertising Fee: 1.1% of sales
  • Local Store Marketing: 2% to 4% of sales (depending on market/DMA)

Captain D’s franchise cost

The chart below outlines the startup costs for a Captain D’s restaurant:

Type of Expenditure Range of Amount Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment Made
Franchise Fee and Development Fee $35,000 Lump Sum Us
Real Estate As Agreed As Agreed Landowner
Building and Leasehold Improvements $420,000 to $600,000 As Agreed As Agreed Landowner and Suppliers
Training Expenses $20,000 to $40,000 As Agreed As Agreed Employees and Suppliers
Equipment $222,000 to $280,000 As Agreed As Agreed Suppliers
Computer Systems $22,000 to $26,000 Lump Sum After Opening Us
Inventory $6,000 to $8,000 Lump Sum Before Opening Suppliers
Miscellaneous Opening Expenses $5,000 to $9,000 As Agreed As Incurred Suppliers
Insurance $11,000 to $25,000 As Agreed As Incurred Insurance Company
Additional Funds - 3 Months $40,000 to $90,000 As Agreed As Incurred Employees and Suppliers
Total $781,000 to $1,113,000

Our Franchise Disclosure Document will explain in greater detail the seafood franchise costs and other aspects of the franchise opportunity. Starting a Captain D’s restaurant franchise is a big decision, and we encourage you to study the numbers carefully — and please contact us with any questions.

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  • 500+

    Captain D's is the fast-casual seafood leader with restaurants in 21 states

  • 27.9%

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