The Company

Lotz has changed since Schlotzsky’s was founded in 1971 in a small, hole-in-the-wall shop on South Congress in Austin, TX. Founded on the basis of a single, eight inch, round sandwich called simply, The Original®, Schlotzsky’s quickly became an innovator in the fast casual restaurant category by offering guests a fun, unique, quirky restaurant setting, affordable meals and great food, and we created a passionate guest following throughout the United States and internationally.

As we’ve grown, our guests’ tastes have evolved and so has our menu. The Original® sandwich is still the foundation of our bakery cafe franchise, but guests also choose from a variety of other fresh sandwiches, flatbreads, soups, salads, pizzas and wraps. Even with expanded offerings and some 350 locations in 36 states, our tastes remain true – and we make it Lotz Better every day. We only use the highest quality ingredients to make the world’s best sandwiches.


The Opportunity

There has never been a better time to take the opportunity to own the most fun, unique and quirky brand in restaurant franchising. We are proud to boast strong same store sales growth while growing our business through a mix of single unit and multi-unit deals and a full schedule of exciting openings that translate into successful restaurant locations.

As a potential franchisee, you have many business aspects to consider when opening a quick service restaurant. Schlotzsky’s offers incredible benefits to their franchisees. We work to create both single- and multi-unit development opportunities in established markets where we incorporate our Lotz Better restaurant design that includes co-branding with our sister company, Cinnabon. When it comes to franchise support, Schlotzsky’s provides vigorous training and ongoing business consultation by providing direct access to our corporate management team. And that team is enhanced by highly trained and dedicated field teams that provide only the best in real estate development, site services, operations support, training and marketing.

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 The Requirements

Single unit and multi-unit options available depending on territory.
Single unit liquid capital required: $300,000
Single unit net worth: $600,000
Multi-unit liquid capital required: $600,000
Multi-unit net worth required: $1,500,000

Total Investment: $353,949 to $966,484 (conversion)
Financing Assistance: Available, via third party
Training and Support: Available
Total Operating Units: 344
United States Units: 339
International Units: 5

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  • EVERY franchisee contacted
  • 70.2% of Schlotzsky’s franchisees surveyed
  • Research completed June 2014


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