Rank no. 234 – Scooter’s Coffee and Yogurt – US
Products & Services: Specialty coffee, smoothies, pastries, frozen yogurt
Number of Locations: 109
Total Investment: $237.5K – 310.5K
Began Franchising: 2001
About Scooter’s Coffee and Yogurt
Seeing the success of the specialty-coffee industry in California, Don and Linda Eckles returned to their Midwestern roots and opened their first drive-thru coffeehouse in 1998 in Bellevue, Nebraska. They named it Scooter’s based on a nickname one of their daughters had earned while playing softball. They began franchising Scooter’s Coffee in 2001, and later added frozen yogurt to the menu at some locations alongside their coffee.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $237,500 – $310,500
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3 – 12. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 2-4 weeks. At franchisee’s location: 1-3 weeks. At existing coffeehouse
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Ad & PR support, social media
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #234 (2013), #310 (2011), #301 (2010), #340 (2009),
Low-Cost: #79 (2009),
After watching the development of the specialty coffee industry in California, and seeing the introduction of the drive-thru coffee concept, they became convinced that there was high potential for a very successful business model. They had a vision of coupling the drive-thru coffee business with a commitment to a few key business principals. Having grown up in the Omaha area, they moved back to the Midwest and opened their first drive-thru coffeehouse in 1998 in Bellevue, Nebraska. Scooter’s Coffee was born.
The keys to success were simple but so important: Find a great location, and stay committed to high quality drinks, speed of service, a clean store, and a big smile. The formula worked, and more stores were opened in the Omaha metro area. Don and Linda began franchising Scooter’s in 2001.
As of today, Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt has expanded into 7 states, and has over 100 stores open and operating. The first store in Bellevue is still open and operating and has become a staple in that community. Scooter’s success over 15 years of history is very simple: Stay committed to the original business principals and company core values. The Scooter’s banner, spoken of often to franchisees, customers and employees is: “Amazing People, Serving Amazing Drinks, Amazingly Fast” – It represents the company’s business origins from 1998 and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to our customers.
Scooter’s is now looking to make history with others. We’re seeking franchisees interested in owning multiple stores and expanding into new regions. Please review our Franchise Development Roadmap and begin the process by completing the Franchise Ownership Inquiry Form.
The Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt franchise is owned by Boundless Enterprises, LLC, with Scooter’s original founders and partners. Many locations are individually owned and operated by franchisees in their community but are supported by the Franchise Support Team at Boundless.
Together, we are passionate about what we do and want every customer’s visit to be an amazing one. If you have any questions, comments, compliments or concerns, we want to hear from you!
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt c/o Boundless Enterprises
6824 J Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68117
Toll Free: 1-866-863-SCOOTERS (7266)
Source: Scooter’s Coffee and Yogurt Official website