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Franchise candidates with a net worth of at least $300,000 and liquid assets of at least $100,000 are likely to qualify for financing to help cover the initial investment needed to open their own EarthWise Pet franchise. Startup costs for a standard franchise location of 1,600-2,200 square feet range from $347,000 to $515,000.

The details of expected costs for an EarthWise Pet franchise are outlined in the Franchise Disclosure Document Item 7 shown below.

Making an investment in your future by establishing an EarthWise Pet franchise can be one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Review the referenced financial documents and discuss startup costs with your business advisors before deciding to purchase a franchise or making any expenditure.

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Initial Franchise Fee $39,500 Cash, Cashier’s check, ACH, or bank wire transfer See Note 1, below Us
Initial Training Fee $19,500 Cash, Cashier’s check, ACH, or bank wire transfer See Note 2, below Us
Utilities Deposits and Payments $1,000 to $3,000 As required by vendor As Incurred Landlord, Utility Companies and Suppliers
Furnishings, Fixtures and Equipment $40,000 to $55,000 As required by vendor Upon Our Approval of Store Layout Us or Approved Suppliers
Customized Point of Sale System Software $4,500 to $9,000 As required by vendor Upon Our Approval of Store Layout Us
Security System $1,000 to $3,000 As required by vendor Upon Our Approval of Store Layout Approved Suppliers
Tenant Improvements $100,000 to $180,000 As required by vendor Before Opening Landlord, Suppliers
Signage $5,000 to $20,000 As required by vendor As Incurred Us or Approved Suppliers
Franchise Premises Rent (deposit and 3 months) $15,000 to $30,000 As required by vendor As Incurred Landlord
Inventory $40,000 to $50,000 As required by vendor; Assumes at least $20/sqft of Tenant Improvement allowance from Landlord Before Opening You May Purchase (but are Not Required to Purchase) Some of the Initial Inventory from Us. You Must Purchase the Remainder of the Initial Inventory from Approved Suppliers.
Travel and Living Expenses While Training $1,000 to $5,000 As required by vendor During Training Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, etc.
Grand Opening Advertising $10,000 to 154,000 As required by vendor Before and in Conjunction with Opening Suppliers
Insurance – First 3 Months $500 to $1,000 As required by vendor As Incurred Insurance Provider(s)
Additional Funds – 3 Months $70,000 to $85,000 As required by vendor As Incurred Employees, Suppliers, Miscellaneous, etc.
TOTAL $347,000 to $515,000



  1. Rent and Security Deposits. This row in the above table estimates the range for the security deposits and lease payments during the first three months of operation. You are solely responsible for obtaining and paying for a location for the franchise. The cost of purchasing or leasing premises for the franchise varies with the location and size of the premises. The typical size of a Franchise Premises is from 1,000 to 1,300 square feet of merchandisable space and 600 to 900 square feet for services and other usage (1,600 to 2,200 of gross lease space). The estimates in the above table are based on a Franchise Premises within this range of square footage. We will provide all necessary specifications for your build out so that all franchise locations are regimented. A typical build out cost for your premises is $10 to $50 per square foot if applicable, which may or may not be paid for by the landlord as tenant improvements under the lease arrangement. You will be responsible for any build out costs not covered by your landlord as tenant improvements.
  2. Point of Sale, Computer Hardware, and Software. You must have or purchase computer hardware and software that meets our standards and specifications.
  3. Additional Funds. This row of the table is for recommended minimum working capital. You should plan on other sources of income to cover your living expenses. You will have the other usual expenses involved in establishing a business. These expenses vary greatly. They include,
    but are not limited to, attorney fees; sales tax bonds (where required); employee wages; incorporation costs; business licenses, certificates and permits; and office supplies. You must pay all taxes required by local, state or federal laws related to the services furnished or used in connection with the operation of a Franchise. You are required to have access to a facsimile machine, telephone, email, and reliable transportation. We estimate that the initial phase covered by the additional funds estimate will be approximately
    three months. Additional funds are provided only as estimates and apply only to your initial three months of operations of your first Franchise. The high and low range estimates are based on the experiences of our officers and affiliate in opening and operating similar businesses in Oregon. Your actual costs will depend upon many factors, including, how well you follow our directions and suggestions, your business skill and experience, local economic conditions, the local market for your products, the location and condition of your leased premises, the prevailing wage rates, competition, and your sales levels during the initial period.
  4. Totals. If you purchase multiple franchises, you will incur these expenses for each franchise. We anticipate that multiple franchise purchasers typically will purchase rights to develop three to 10 franchises.

Amounts paid to any third parties may be refundable, depending upon the contracts between them and you. Any fees paid to us are not refundable.

We do not finance any of these initial expenses, except as described in Item 10 of this disclosure document and the Multiple Franchise Purchase Addendum.

You should expect to incur these expenses for each separate franchise you purchase.

You should review these estimates with your business advisors before you decide to purchase the franchise or to make any expenditure.

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