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Rank no. 229 – Pretzelmaker – US



Products & Services: Gourmet pretzels

Number of Locations: 321

Total Investment: $129.3K – 224.94K

Founded: 1991

Began Franchising: 1992

About Pretzelmaker
Jeffrey Trip opened Pretzelvania in 1991, but the company’s name was soon changed to Pretzelmaker for the purpose of franchising. In 2010, Pretzelmaker was merged with Pretzel Time, another company started in 1991 (originally under the name Mr. Pretzel). Pretzelmaker stores sell flavored hot pretzels, pretzel-wrapped hot dogs, lemonades and blended drinks. Pretzelmaker is part of Global Franchise Group, which also franchises Great American Cookies, MaggieMoo’s and Marble Slab Creamery.


Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $129,300 – $224,950
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 7%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 5 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: POP materials
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #229 (2013), #245 (2012), #106 (2011), #129 (2010), #99 (2009),
Fastest-Growing: #32 (2010), #34 (2009),
America’s Top Global: #186 (2013), #190 (2012), #89 (2011), #103 (2010), #78 (2009),

about us
In the early fifth century, when some monks were busy inventing Shaolin Kung Fu, German monks took a vow of deliciousness and invented the pretzel. Believe it or not, they were made to mimic arms folded in prayer and used to reward small children for good deeds. Even back then, they were a hit. Flash forward a couple of centuries. That’s when we later came along and elevated the Pretzel to new dimensions of tastiness.
Pretzelmaker / Pretzel Time introduced our famous soft pretzel in 1991. It was a hit. Today, we offer an awesome selection of hot, fresh-baked, fresh twisted pretzels, pretzel dogs, freshly squeezed lemonade, creamy blended drinks, and cold beverages all over the world. You can find us in over 360 locations in the U.S. and worldwide. For now-Antarctica, watch out.

Who We Are

We’re trendy, hip and “now” and continuously offer our customers/fans a new reason to visit our stores and engage with us through revolutionary marketing and public relations initiatives. We are the proud owners of National Pretzel Day –April 26th— but we take the pretzel world by storm all year long!

Pretzelmaker is about more than just delicious fresh baked and twisted pretzels. We believe giving back to the community in which we operate our pretzel franchise is extremely rewarding, which is why our franchisees are active members of the local Chamber of Commerce, supporters of the neighborhood schools and partners with not-for-profit and other charitable organizations.

Why Open a Pretzelmaker?

Long recognized as innovators in our industry, Pretzelmaker is credited with inventing the popular Pretzel Dog, Mini Pretzel Dogs, and the portable Pretzel Bites.

Selected as one of the Top 100 Franchises by World Franchising Network
Selected as one of the Top 50 Franchises for Minorities by The National Minority Franchising Initiative (NMFI)
Listed in Franchise Times’ “Up & Comers: 100 Companies on the Verge”
Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 500 Franchises”
We’re part of the booming snack food industry! According to recent studies, more than two of five consumers replace one meal a day with snacks
Our target demographic of consumers aged 18-24 are more likely to snack outside the home and purchase the majority of snacks from retail locations

Customer Relations Department • 1346 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 170 • Norcross, GA 30093
Phone: (877) 639-2361 • Email:



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