A health food franchise is a business or group of businesses that specialize in the health and wellness industry. These can include health food stores, vitamins retailers, and other shops that target those who are concerned with diet and nutrition. The difference between a health food franchise and a more traditional business is in the business model itself.
Franchises are businesses that are opened by an independent entrepreneur using an existing company's name, logo, products, and business model. For instance, if a company is doing well and wants to further its distribution, the owner may decide to franchise new locations. This means that someone else can open one of the original business's stores by paying a fee to the owner.
There are many benefits to opening a health food franchise in comparison to starting a new health and wellness business from scratch. Franchises have the benefit of operating under a proven business name that consumers are already familiar with. This helps franchise owners to bypass the process of finding new customers and making a name for the business, because this has already been done.
Starting a health food franchise requires the new owner to fill out an application to start a franchise with the parent company. Often, only a limited number of new locations can be opened in each region or area. After the application has been approved, the franchisee is responsible for paying all fees required by the parent company, as well as all expenses related to the building and operation of the store itself. This can be quite pricey, but is generally worth the expense once the new franchise is open for business. Often, a monthly fee is required in order to continue operating the health food franchise. This may be taken as percentage of monthly sales, or as a flat fee price. The amount and type of fees will be determined by the franchiser.
Generally, it is also required that franchise owners adhere to specific rules and regulations for the running of their store. They may be limited to company approved advertising, as well as company approved products and services. At other times, the franchise owner can decide for himself which items to carry and which promotions sponsored by the parent company he wants to take part in.
Unlike most small businesses, the majority of franchises succeed. This is because of the benefits listed above, and because it is more likely that more experienced businesspeople purchase franchises. For example, many franchise owners begin by working for a company, becoming manager over one or more stores, and then decide to buy a franchise.