SWEETWATERS Franchise Review

franchise logo
Made the Grade

SWEETWATERS is a Franchise Grade Made The Grade™ franchise, which means it's ranked highly by our research team.

Franchise Opportunity Details

What are the requirements to buy a SWEETWATERS franchise?

SWEETWATERS has a franchise fee of up to $49,500, with a overall upfront investment range of $260,076 to $393,174.

  • Initial Franchise Fee: $49,500
  • Total Investment: $260,076 to $393,174
  • Working Capital: $10,000 to $10,000
  • Royalty Fee: 6.0%

The initial purchase price of any franchise opportunity includes multiple fees. Check out this franchise opportunity to better understand the specific costs required to own a SWEETWATERS, such as franchise fees, construction and costs, pre-opening marketing, and furniture and fixtures purchases. As a reminder, franchise companies are required to disclose all upfront fees. These fees include those that are actually paid when signing the franchise agreement and commitments to fees you are required to pay.

Can you Afford This Franchise. Complete our Affordability Calculator to find out!

How much does a SWEETWATERS owner make?

As with any new business, there should be a reasonable return on your investment and profit potential. The specific franchisee's income and the revenue from a SWEETWATERS franchise opportunity will depend on a lot of different factors. One way to confirm the potential revenues or profits generated from a SWEETWATERS franchise investment is to review the franchisor's Item 19 within their Franchise Disclosure Document. This is called a financial performance representation. This is not required within a franchisor's disclosure and approximately 68% of all franchise companies in our database will disclose financial performance data within Item 19 of their FDD. Some franchise companies may provide limited information such as overall systemwide sales. This type of information is not always helpful to assess profits for you directly. So review average sales data with caution. As expected, typically earnings and owner's salary are equitable to the overall size of the upfront investment. The larger the initial investment, the higher return you should anticipate. Another factor to profitability is based on the number of locations you own. If you purchase multiple outlets (typically referred to as Area Development Agreements), you can expect that as you scale each additional location, you will earn a multiple on your profits. Demand for your products, your labor costs in your state, commercial lease rates and several other variables also play a huge role in your earnings and your take-home income. Your financial success are associated with the franchise system’s success. Your returns and owner's salary is not just reliant on how well your own location operates, you need to analyze how well the entire franchise system is performing. Determine how the franchisor earns income and analyze their financial returns.

For more details and franchise specific on the revenue of a SWEETWATERS franchise opportunity, unlock this franchise

How many franchise outlets does SWEETWATERS franchise system operate?

As of the 2017 Franchise Disclosure Document, there are 4 franchised SWEETWATERS locations in 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 SWEETWATERS franchise opportunities in my preferred location?

Based on 2017 FDD research, SWEETWATERS has franchise locations in 1 states. There could be zero outlets in several states as each franchise maps out their growth strategy differently. Specific states require franchise companies to register their franchise opportunity and file their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) with state examiners prior to awarding franchise opportunities to people living in that state. These registration states have examiners review a franchise company's FDD to confirm it complies state regulatory conditions. In addition to registration states, some other states have enacted supplemental franchise or business opportunity laws that require franchise companies to provide their franchise within the state. In almost all instances the filing is a notice within the state. Unlike franchise registration states, the franchise filing states do not examine a franchisor's FDD.


Based on the data collected this franchise opportunity is expanding into new locations and might be available in your city. While planning your franchise purchase, you should be considering where is a good location for my business. Review the potential customer base to confirm that the area you are looking at has a need or want for this brand. Even the most popular franchised businesses have regions that they are not successful in. The reasons why a specific franchised location can fail are plentiful. You should analyze not only the franchise opportunity itself, but map out locations where you think the business has a better chance of long-term success.

One of our advisors will have detailed knowledge about this brand. Unlock to learn more and connect with our researchers.

Last Reviewed: 2017

Sector: Retail Food

Category: Specialty Food Store


Total Investment
$260,076 - $393,174
Franchise Fee
Franchise agreement
Initial Term
10 Years
Renewal Term
10 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 44 hours. This includes 12 hours of classroom training, 32 hours of on-the-job training, and N/A hours of online training. In their FDD they outline who's in charge of the training. Unlock to find out more.

Online N/A
On-the-Job 32
Classroom 12
Total 44

Does this brand provide Territory Protections?

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

Do they have computer and technology support in place?

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

How long ago did they start franchising?

They began franchising in 2004. The average Specialty Food Store franchise began franchising in 2007.

Do they offer lending options?

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

Create your FREE account to access additional data on SWEETWATERS, and more!
Franchise Grade is dedicated to providing consulting and support that can help you make confident franchise investment decisions.
Finding the best franchise means reviewing several franchise options to determine the best fit for you.
Unlock this franchise for instant access to our research findings, including:
  • Growth analysis
  • Turnover analysis
  • Financial details
  • Initial and renewal terms
  • Royalties and advertising fees
  • Key Franchise FAQs
Need more reasons?
  • Our grade and free access to consult with a franchising expert
  • What are the historical franchisee revenues?
  • Does this brand provide Veteran or First Responder discounts?
  • Does this brand use public figures to promote their franchise?
  • Does this brand disclose any bankruptcies?
  • Is this franchise related with any other franchise brands or private equity investment groups?
  • How many new locations have they sold in the last 5 years?
  • How many franchised locations have closed in the last 5 years?
  • How many new outlets have they sold in the last 5 years?
  • How many franchised locations have terminated in the last 5 years?
  • Does this brand operate any corporate or affiliate owned locations?
  • How long is their initial and renewal term lengths?
  • How do they solve franchisee disputes?
  • How long have they been franchising?
  • Are they actively selling franchises across the United States?
  • How often are royalties and advertising fees paid to the franchisor?
  • Is your desired franchise territory available?
  • What support can you expect to receive from the franchisor?
  • Why has new franchisee growth been so low?
  • What are the important requirements for operating a successful franchised location in this brand?
  • Are you required to work in the outlet or is this a passive franchise opportunity?
  • Will the franchisor refund any upfront fees under certain circumstances?
Access is 100% free, instant, and unlimited!