Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What does the franchise include?
It entitles you to own and operate a la prep restaurant, use the trade name, trademarks, recipes, business methods and our characteristic decor. There are some specific areas of support you will receive:
- Facilities planning, specifications for fixtures, equipment and leasehold improvements and the option to take advantage of a full turnkey package
- Assistance in site selection and lease negotiations
- In-store training
- Store opening assistance
- Advertising and marketing support
- Continued field support
- Unique promotions and public relations programs
- A complete product line of gourmet food and beverage products
Q. Who designs and builds my restaurant?
la prep has programs available with national turnkey contractors, designers, and equipment suppliers which enable you to have your store planned, equipped and built cost effectively and in the shortest possible time.
Q. After I'm approved, how soon can I expect to open my restaurant?
That primarily depends on the availability of locations in the area you have selected for your store. In some areas, sites have already been chosen, which substantially reduces the time involved.
Q. How much is the la prep franchise fee?
A franchise fee of $35,000 grants a license and franchise to operate a la prep restaurant and to sell and serve the food and beverage products and services offered at such la prep restaurants.
Q. Is it possible to own more than one la prep location?
Yes, provided that you have demonstrated to the satisfaction of la prep that you are financially capable and can properly manage more than one store.
Q. How much are the ongoing royalties?
Six percent of gross store sales.
Q. Is any experience necessary to own a la prep franchise?
No related experience is necessary, just your desire to learn. We provide all the training and assistance you will need to operate your franchise.
Q. Do I need to be involved with the day-to-day management of my franchise?
At least one owner or designated manager must be involved on a full-time basis and be responsible for day-to-day store operations and management.
Q. How long is the term of the la prep franchise agreement?
The term of the Franchise Agreement always coincides with the term of the Lease. Typically, la prep leases are ten years and in some cases includes an additional five-year option.
Q. May I sell my restaurant and franchise rights?
Yes, subject to la prep’s right of first refusal and our accepting the prospective franchisee.
Q. I'm interested in a la prep franchise. What do I do next?
Fill out and mail the Application Form. Upon qualification and entering into our franchise agreement, our real estate department will find you a suitable location and will begin and conclude the lease negotiation process. Once your lease is signed, you will join our training program to learn how to operate your la prep franchise.