Pita Pit is the future of quick casual foodservice. People want to change the way they eat. They want something unique and healthy. And they’re bored of the same old burgers, subs and pizza options. Our food is fun and fresh and reflects the new healthy and active lifestyles. With over 450 locations worldwide and growing, we are poised for explosive growth. Our franchisees not only benefit from our proven business model and support, but also from knowing that they are invested in a business that becomes a source of pride as well as a profit. It’s a very exciting time to be a Pita Pit franchisee. So why not become part of a concept that people of all ages enjoy? Jump on the Pita bandwagon!
Franchising with the Pita Pit is a great way to become part of the booming restaurant industry. Our franchisees benefit from a proven system and a very popular concept — a system that has undergone fifteen years of fine tuning. Additionally, Pita Pit corporate staff and the Franchisee Advisory Councils continue to look for new ways to grow and to develop operational, financial, and marketing systems that ensure each franchisee is receiving the most up-to-date tools for success. It goes along with our idea of “fresh thinking.”
The Pita Pit’s in-house real estate team will assist each franchisee during the Site Selection process. We use the latest technology and expertise to help determine whether or not a Pita Pit restaurant would be supported and welcomed at a particular location. Our experience is in knowing what factors determine the success of a Pita Pit. These factors include location, visibility, and proximity to anchors such as large retail stores, movie theatres, and college and high school campuses. We combine our experience with each franchisee’s knowledge of local commercial real estate markets to determine where to locate a Pita Pit in a certain area.
Pita Pit does not loan to franchisees, however, we may be able to help you in the financing process with your bank. In our recent experience with bank financing, to be considered for a Pita Pit franchise you will probably need to have a net worth of around $250,000, and $75,000 will probably need to be in some form of liquid investment or holding account. SBA applicants will probably need to inject 30% cash into their loan to promote immediate cash flowing and reduce monthly expenses. While this may be the bank’s typical minimum threshold, they may make exceptions to this requirement under special circumstances, or for those individuals who are close to the minimum requirements. Pita Pit is listed on the SBA Registry and has a Bank Credit Report (BCR), and our Franchise Development Team can discuss various options for financing, as well as help your local banker better understand Pita Pit franchising.
The Pita Pit has a dedicated Construction Division that has designed layouts for over 300 Pita Pit stores. This team is capable of determining whether building a Pita Pit is feasible in a certain location. They will work closely with your architects & engineers, providing them with designs and details to assist in completing a full set of drawings for your Pita Pit build-out. Additionally, the Pita Pit Construction Division will work closely with your general contractor and the Pita Pit suppliers to ensure that your building process is completed efficiently and according to Pita Pit standards.
Pita Pit USA offers world-class training to all of our franchisees. Before a store opens for business, we require our new franchisees to participate in Pita 101, our Franchisee Training Program, at our National Training Center in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The program is a twelve-day course presented by a qualified, trained instructor with over 20 years teaching experience and her team, who cover essential topics for operating and maintaining a Pita Pit restaurant to corporate standards. Franchisees split their time between training in the classroom and in a live restaurant. The classroom portion of the training provides franchisees with knowledge of how to hire and train employees, work with food and beverage suppliers, implement effective marketing techniques and manage finances such as labor and food costs. Franchisees also work approximately 36 hours behind the counter in a real Pita Pit restaurant. Here they learn how to be the Pita Pit Quarterback – proper food preparation and organization, inventory tracking, product ordering/receiving from authorized suppliers, effective employee management, store maintenance and exceptional customer service techniques.
For our company to prosper, Pita Pit franchisees must be happy and successful. To help ensure their success, we offer exceptional, ongoing operational support that’s just a phone call away. We host a dedicated Franchise Resource Center to provide assistance with matters such as controlling food and labor costs, working with suppliers and creating successful marketing strategies. An experienced operations Systems Specialist also attends the opening of every store in order to help train employees and explore effective ways to market the franchisee’s particular area. Additionally, our Systems Specialists periodically visit store locations in their regions to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and identify where franchisees should focus their efforts. It’s the best way to keep a store tracking toward success.
Pita Pit invests a portion of all franchising dollars into pooled, cooperative marketing efforts that help support brand awareness and build foot traffic in our stores. Through a private website, we make available to franchisees a wide collection of professionally designed materials, many of which can be customized and printed on demand. You will find promotional coupons, brochures, flyers, direct mail offerings, in-store signage and more, including step-by-step instructions and materials for a successful grand opening. Our corporate Marketing Team, Franchisee Marketing Advisory Council, and external Agency all work together for the benefit of franchisees and the Pita Pit Brand. We want you to reap profits from spreading the word about Pita Pit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our standard royalty is 6% of gross revenue (Gross Sales less taxes and promotions) and 1% marketing fee for the General Advertising Fund (not to exceed 2%). For multiple locations, and for a LIMITED TIME for single locations, we are offering a discounted royalty. Ask a member of the Development Team for details.
$25,000, and only $20,000 for qualified veterans.
Yep. Typically a half-mile in all directions.
10 years with a 10 year renewal at your option, subject to certain conditions set forth in our Franchise Agreement.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) restricts a franchisor’s ability to answer these type of questions. The Pita Pit does provide information on average annual gross sales per store and average food and labor costs in Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
For most bank loans, you will typically need around $75,000 liquidity (cash and stocks) to effectively handle the start-up costs, and you can then attempt to borrow the rest. If you are using a bank and want to sign a multi-unit franchise agreement, you may need at least $100,000 liquidity and a net worth (assets less liabilities) of around $500,000. Of course you may have other sources of capital, such as family or friends, whom do not impose such liquidity requirements.
No. Pita Pit does not lend money. But we do have relationships with a number of lending sources that provide SBA loans, non-SBA loans, and options that allow you to invest in a new business using IRA or 401k monies. We are an approved franchise on the SBA registry which allows a more efficient loan application process.
It depends. Unless you have experience as a multi-unit restaurant operator, at least initially, one investor must commit to working full-time as an owner operator.
Nope, just a good attitude and a great work ethic. We will assist you through the entire startup process and train you how to operate your restaurant using our proven operating system.
Our strategy is to combine your knowledge of your area and our expertise regarding the concept and ideal demographics to assist you in picking the best site. Remember, we do not guarantee the level of success you might achieve by leasing a particular site, regardless of our level of input.
We have designed our stores to work best at 1,000 – 1,400 sq ft. Should you find an excellent location with an unusual shape or size, our construction department can adapt our layout to meet almost any reasonable dimensions.
Investment & Timelines
You’ll need less bread to open a Pita Pit! Click here to see the estimated costs to open a new store.
The typical store opening takes 4 – 6 Months. Click here to see the approximate timeline for opening a new Pita Pit restaurant.
We also have several existing Pita Pit restaurants for sale in specific states. These restaurants can be acquire even more quickly and economically than a new restaurant. Ask one of our Development Specialist for details.