Rank no. 78 – Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs – US
Products & Services: Pizza, subs, bread, wings, salads
Number of Locations: 544
Total Investment: $220.19K – 382.5K
Began Franchising: 1982
About Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs
In 1973, James Hearn converted a 1,000-square-foot hamburger shop in Taylor, Michigan, into a carry-out and delivery pizzeria called Hungry Howie’s. Steven Jackson, currently president of Hungry Howie’s, began his career delivering pizza for Hearn. In 1976, he approached Hearn about becoming partners and opening a second Hungry Howie’s location in Southgate, Michigan. The partners awarded their first Hungry Howie’s franchise in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in 1983. The company offers Flavored Crust pizzas in eight varieties, oven-baked submarine sandwiches, Buffalo-style chicken wings, bread and salads.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
80% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 10. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
|FINANCING TYPE||IN-HOUSE||THIRD PARTY|
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Franchise Ranking History
|Founded||Taylor, Michigan (1973)|
|Headquarters||Madison Heights, Michigan|
|Key people||James R. Hearn (founder) Steven E. Jackson (founder and CEO)|
|Revenue||$280.0 Million (2009)|
Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Inc. is the 11th largest pizza chain in the United States, with 575 locations. Its products include pizza,calzone-style subs, chicken wings and tenders, bread, and salads. The corporation headquarters is located in Madison Heights, Michigan in Metro Detroit.
James Hearn opened the first Hungry Howie’s on Telegraph Road in Taylor, Michigan in 1973. Howies soon became a popular hangout for students at nearby Taylor Jr. High and Taylor Center High Schools. Jim Hearn decided to franchise their operation in 1982 and partnered with Jackson. They awarded their first franchise the following year. Between 1974 and 1982, there were several other independently owned Hungry Howie pizzarias opened in the Metro-Detroit and Ann Arbor areas prior to franchisee sales. Within the first three years, the company franchised 65 locations, and by 1990 the number had grown to 160. In 2005, the company opened its 500th store.
Hungry Howie’s promotes itself as Home of the flavored crust pizza. The options are Original, Butter Garlic, Garlic, Garlic Herb, Onion, Cajun, Butter, Butter Cheese, Sesame, stuffed, Ranch, and Oregano. Multiple crust flavors can be combined.