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We Invented the Sandwich

In 1762, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, invented the meal that changed dining forever. As the story goes, he was playing cards and did not want to leave the gaming table to eat. He asked for a serving of roast beef to be placed between two slices of bread so he could eat with his hands. Thus the sandwich was born. Some 250 years later, Earl of Sandwich restaurants have crafted a made-to-order, freshly baked sandwich like no other. As a franchisee, you will grow with our brand and get your piece of the flourishing fast casual dining segment.

Brand Advantages of Earl of Sandwich

  • Easy to operate
  • High volume production capability
  • Small, efficient production line
  • Easily replicated for additional store growth
  • Inviting atmosphere
  • Traditional family recipes including fresh baked artisan bread, fresh vegetables, generous slices of the finest cheeses and delicious sauces.

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Who makes an ideal candidate?

Financial Awareness

An ideal EOS franchisee will have at least $150,000 of liquid assets and a $250,000 net worth. As importantly, a franchisee should have the business acumen necessary to continually monitor sales and expenses to ensure long term business success.

People person

We welcome franchisees who are friendly, outgoing, and truly enjoy being around people. A respectful personality and great customer service skills are essential. Setting an example for your staff and treating them the way you want customers to be treated is crucial.

Willingness to learn

The brand support that comes with this franchise will provide continuous training and learning opportunities. Gaining valuable understanding from past experience and a willingness to apply the proven EOS system will contribute to the overall success of your franchise.

Motivated by results

Ideal franchisees are overachievers. Our franchises thrive when led by someone who is excited to go work every day, enjoys challenges, and is self-motivated.

Brand commitment

Brand integrity is a vital component of the franchise process. We are looking for individuals that will follow the Graphic Standards and overall consistency of the brand and will advocate as brand ambassadors.

What Can I Expect?

The System

Over the past 15 years, we’ve refined our system and processes to consistently deliver the “World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich”, and earn a coveted 4½ star rating on social media. From guidelines for site selection, design and branding assistance, recommendation of contractors to on-site opening support and comprehensive staff and manager training to proprietary manuals, Earl of Sandwich will provide you with everything you need to open your store.

Training

Training is the most valuable service we offer and is designed to teach business owners the skills necessary to successfully operate an Earl of Sandwich store, and most importantly how to effectively train your employees. By teaching and empowering your staff, you can deliver a top-notch product and a superior guest experience.

Delivering the Experience

In today’s competitive market place, there are just too many dining alternatives to NOT deliver a unique and exceptional experience every time. We operate in some of the most heavily trafficked locations in the world, so quality, timeliness and hospitality are all critically important. Whether it’s a high volume theme park, busy food court or a street-side location in a business district, our system allows every type of business to execute to the demands of their clientele.

Menu

Our menu id focused around the style of artisan bread the 4th Earl of Sandwich used to create the first sandwich 250 years ago. Every sandwich is hand crafted and freshly baked to order in our special ovens. Over time our menu has evolved beyond the sandwich to include freshly made salads and wraps as well as sides orders and desserts. There is something for everyone as well as seasonal Limited Time Offers that widen the variety and allow us to experiment with different products and recipes.

Business Advice

While this is your business, we have resources available to help you with purchasing, marketing, scheduling, expense management and many other areas of expertise. It is your business to run but if you need advice to help you succeed, we’re there for you.

Franchise Process

1. Online Inquiry

You will need to complete the online inquiry & we will contact you to schedule an introduction call.

2. Introduction Phone Call

During the call we want to get to know you, learn what you are looking for, and answer any questions that you may have. We will also go over what we’re looking for in a franchisee and review the next steps.

3. Submit Online Application

After your Introduction call you will be sent an online application to complete. We will also need you to send over any of the supporting documents required for the application package that we discussed on your introduction call.

4. Review FDD

Once you’ve sent over the complete application package you will be sent the current Franchise Disclosure Document to review so you can conduct your due diligence.

5. Application Review

Your application package will be reviewed by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer.

6. Approval

If your application is approved you will be invited to visit the corporate office in Orlando, Florida for a Discovery Day.

7. Discovery Day

During Discovery Day you will meet the company team, including all the departments that will support you as a franchisee. We will also take you to visit our Orlando Location in Disney Springs.

8. Franchisee Agreement

Once you are ready to move forward, we will draft the Franchise Agreement and send them to you for review. Once all parties have signed the agreement and we have received the Franchise and Application Fees you will officially be an Earl of Sandwich Franchisee.

9. Real Estate

We will recommend real estate brokers or you can use your own. We will provide site selection guidelines and relevant demographics to help you choose a good location. If your site meets our criteria, we will officially approve your site so you can begin lease negotiations.

10. Design & Construction

We will recommend a designer/architect, or you can use your own, utilizing our prototypical plans and specifications for an Earl of Sandwich store. We will recommend a contractor, or you can use your own, and once the design has been officially approved you can begin construction.

11. Management Training

60 days prior to opening your store, we will provide you and up to three managers a comprehensive training program in one of our company Earl of Sandwich stores, lasting three to five weeks depending on the existing experience level of each manager.

12. Staff Training & Opening

We will send a team of two or three of our best trainers, depending on restaurant size, to set up the restaurant, recommend opening orders, help train your team and guide the running of your new restaurant to develop good habits. All or part of the team will be there at least one week before opening and one week after the opening.

13. After Opening

You will be assigned a Franchise Business Consultant whose job will be to make sure you have all the tools we can provide to help you operate a successful business.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you sign up with Earl of Sandwich, we provide assistance with architectural drawings and store layout reviews, site selection assistance, pre-opening processes, on and off-site training and we also conduct quarterly restaurant visits.

Royalty fees are 6% of gross sales and advertising fees are 3% of gross sales. 1% of the advertising fee is paid into our Brand Fund for development of advertising and marketing of the brand; and 2% of the advertising fee is spent by you on local store marketing.

Yes, we encourage our franchisees to grow with the company depending on territory availability and operations of existing store(s).

The ideal size is 1,000 to 1,400 square feet.

You should be familiar with the area that you want to develop but do not have to have a specific location.

We are looking for both traditional and non-traditional options. Traditional: Promenades, Lifestyle Centers, and Urban / Downtown Districts. Non-traditional: Malls, Higher Education, Airports, Service Plazas, Train Stations, and Healthcare.

Total store investment varies depending on size and location.

Yes, to operate effectively, your store(s) must be within reasonable distance of where you or an operating partner lives.

To qualify you must have $150,000 of liquid non-borrowed assets and a $250,000 net worth.

Typical store hours are 10am to 9pm, but this may vary depending on your location.

Earl of Sandwich is committed to providing in-depth training and the tools and resources needed to open and operate a store. New franchisees participate in a 4-week initial manager training program in Orlando, Florida. Earl of Sandwich will also conduct training on site for your team members for one week before and one week after your first restaurant opening.

There are many factors that affect the time it takes to open a store such as site selection and construction requirements but typically it can take between 6 to 8 months after a site has been approved.

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The franchise sales information on this site do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise by Earl of Sandwich (USA), LLC or any party. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a franchise disclosure document. Certain states require us to register the franchise disclosure document in those states. The communications on this website are not directed by Earl of Sandwich (USA), LLC to the residents of any of those states. Moreover, we will not offer or sell franchises in those states until we have registered the franchise (or obtained an exemption from registration) and delivered the franchise disclosure document to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law.