If you are considering purchasing a franchise offering food and fun for happy kids, a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant may be a viable option. Founded in 1977 in San Jose, California, the family food and entertainment chain has expanded to include more than 560 establishments worldwide. The restaurant's parent company requires that potential owners meet its requirements with regard to investment levels and industry expertise.
CEC Entertainment Inc., headquartered in Irving, Texas, is composed of corporate-owned and franchise businesses. In addition to securing a minimum of three stores, the corporation dictates that a franchisee reside locally and possess an understanding of the region's culture and government regulations. A resume detailing a successful record of restaurant management is also essential. Capital requirements are set at a minimum of $800,000 in liquid assets per location.
The discovery process begins with the applicant submitting a consideration form. Once approved, a CEC representative interviews and assesses the business plan of a potential franchisee. Approved candidates are invited to attend a so-called "Discovery Day" at corporate headquarters to gain an in-depth understanding of the business. Next the franchisee must sign a letter of intent. Further discovery includes a visit to proposed locations by corporate staff. Finalization transactions include a development agreement and brand orientation.