Chatime Franchise Review

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Chatime is analyzed based on our most recent FDD research!

Franchise Details

Chatime offers a quick service restaurant selling gourmet coffees and tea, bubble tea, and compatible food products.

What is the upfront investment costs to own a Chatime franchise?

Chatime has an initial franchise fee of up to $78,000, with a total initial investment range of $181,100 to $507,200.

  • Initial Franchise Fee: $78,000
  • Total Investment: $181,100 to $507,200
  • Working Capital: $20,000 to $80,000
  • Royalty Fee: 3.5%

The upfront purchase price of any franchise opportunity includes multiple fees. Check out this investment opportunity to better understand the initial costs required to own a Chatime, such as franchise fees, real estate costs, pre-opening, marketing, and technology fees.

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How much can I earn by owning a Chatime franchise?

As with any new business, there should be a reasonable return on your investment and profit potential. The specific franchise owner's salary and the earnings from a Chatime franchise opportunity depends on a variety of factors. One way to check on the potential revenues or profits generated from a Chatime franchise investment is to review the franchisor's Item 19 within their Franchise Disclosure Document. This is called an earnings claim. This is not required within a franchisor's disclosure and approximately 68% of all franchise companies that we analyze each year will disclose financial performance data within Item 19 of their FDD. Some franchise companies may disclose limited information such as overall systemwide sales. This type of information is not always helpful to determine profits for you directly. So review systemwide sales data with caution. As a general rule, typically earnings and owner's income are proportionate to the overall size of the initial investment. The larger the initial investment, the higher profits you should anticipate. Another determining factor to profitability is based on the number of locations you buy. If you purchase multiple locations (typically referred to as Area Development Agreements), you can anticipate that as you scale the next unit, you will generate more revenue and profits overall. Demand for your products, your labor costs in your state, commercial lease rates and several other variables also play a huge role in your profit margin and your take-home salary. Your future returns are linked to Chatime's success. Your profits and owner's income is not just dependent on how well your own location performs, you should analyze how well the entire franchise system is operating. Determine how the franchise company earns income and analyze their financial returns.

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How many franchise outlets does Chatime franchise system have?

As of the 2020 Franchise Disclosure Document, there are 5 franchised Chatime locations across the USA.

Did you know there are over 3,000 franchise opportunities across the United States. More than 80% have less than 10 locations.

Are there any Chatime franchise opportunities in my preferred location?

Based on 2020 FDD data, Chatime has franchised locations in 4 states. There may be no locations in several states as each franchise plans their development strategy differently. Specific states also require franchisors to register their franchise opportunity and file their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) with state examiners prior to awarding franchise opportunities to people residing in that state. These registration states have examiners review a franchisor's FDD to ensure it complies state regulatory conditions. In addition to registration states, additional states have enforced franchise or business opportunity laws that mandate franchisors to file their franchise within the state. In almost all instances the filing is simply a notice with the state. Unlike franchise registration states, the franchise filing states do not examine the FDD.


Based on our research this franchise opportunity is expanding into new markets and could be available in your city.

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Last Reviewed: 2020

Chatime Franchise STATS

Total Investment
$181,100 - $507,200
Franchise Fee
Franchise agreement
Initial Term
3 Years
Renewal Term
3 Years
Franchise outlet growth
Ongoing fees
ad fees
# of franchised outlets


Does this brand provide any initial training and opening assistance?

Yes, they have an initial training program of 76 hours. This includes 8 hours of classroom training, 68 hours of on-the-job training, and 0 hours of online training. In their FDD they outline who's in charge of the training. Unlock to find out more.

Online 0
On-the-Job 68
Classroom 8
Total 76

Does this brand offer Territory Protections?

Chatime does NOT offer territory protections. For an explanation of territorial rights, unlock this franchise for more details.

Do they have marketing and technology support in place?

Yes, Chatime offers comprehensive support for franchisees. Unlock this franchise to find out more.

How long ago did they start franchising?

They began franchising in 2014. The average Coffee, Bakery and Snacks franchise began franchising in 2007.

Do they offer financing options?

No, but you can click here to fill out our affordability calculator and understand your financing options.

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