Flower Tent

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Franchise Costs

Liquid Capital Required: $100,000
Net Worth Required: $250,000
Total Investment: $71,000 - $266,000
Franchise Fee: $49,500
Royalty Type: Royalty 6% for 1st 100K Gross sales then 5% after

Franchisee Options

Financing: Via 3rd party
Training: Available
Veteran Discount: Yes

Franchisor Details

Incorporated Name: FLOWER TENT USA, INC.
Total Units: 70
Year Founded: 1992
Franchising Since: 2009
Home Office: Kingston, Pennsylvania

About Flower Tent

Most companies need to keep their brick and mortar stores open all twelve months a year, absorbing slow times and essentially losing money by keeping the lights on. Flower Tent is a seasonal business that allows flexibility by targeting areas of approximately 75,000 people and utilizing pop-up gardens that are built underneath large tents.

When the season is over, the company simply folds its tent and at the discretion of the franchise owner, either appears in a better location or closes for the season. With no major overhead during the parts of the year where your flower tents are dormant, you can plan your marketing campaign for the seasons in front of you without worrying about losing your shirt during what would have been the lean months.

Values & History

In 1992 Tom Ansilio and his father, Tom Sr. built the first Flower Tent in the town of Wyoming, Pennsylvania targeting customers for the Easter holiday. It was so successful that he considered a second location in Kingston, PA for Mother's Day, deciding later to keep it open throughout the spring.

Tom soon opened 11 other locations and created his professional system that, over time, has evolved into the powerful franchise business that it is today. Starting to offer franchises in 2009, the company has over 60 locations operating at different times and seasons depending on their locations, which are spread from coast to coast in the United States.

The company has one main motto: "We don't just sell flowers. We sell happiness." That statement is the main mission for Flower Tent, which provides beautiful flowers at affordable prices.

Industry Performance

With 28 years of sustained business operations, Flower Tent has gained a true expertise and competes nationally throughout the USA for dominance in the retail flower space. Because tent pop-ups cost very little to raise and lower, and because the company has made many quality relationships with flower distributors, overhead is reasonable and franchise owners can expect large bursts of business during correct seasonal placement.

While the company has only been franchising for 11 years, that is because Tom Ansilio and his brother Tim handled all expansions personally before that time. Realizing that by bringing in franchising partners they would be able to continue to see the brand grow exponentially without having to personally manage new tents and stretch their personal time and attention for their existing business past what is heathy, the company saw a second boom as savvy franchising entrepreneurs jumped on board by the dozens.

Purchasing a Flower Tent Franchise

Each "unit" can consist of 6 pop-up tents roughly covering an area that includes 75,000 people. Franchisees are encouraged to consider either one area or several, as multi-unit franchises are currently available to be run by competent business partners.

This is, in general, a seasonal industry. This allows time-life balance for entrepreneurs who will be working a lot of hours during the on seasons but barely any other than planning stages during the off seasons. Many entrepreneurs love this lifestyle, as it allows them to pursue other interests and hobbies or spend more time with family during the off seasons for the market.

Ideal Candidate & Qualifications

As Flower Tent is primarily a retail business, the company looks for qualified business owners who have had previous success in the retail business or who show the qualities that Flower Tent seeks. Outgoing, friendly personalities are a huge plus for the company, as every franchise is expected to live the motto and deliver the highest quality in customer care and service.

The company sells happiness. Mean people generally can't sell happiness.

If you are a hard-working, savvy businessperson who understands marketing, staff and inventory management, book-keeping and other relevant skills, then Flower Tent wants to meet you.

Training & Support

Flower Tent is very intent on providing every partner the best information, training, and access to the most beautiful and potent flowers for their business that are available. New partners should expect around 9-10 hours of on-the-job training supplemented with 15 hours of additional learning to master the basics of running a Flower Tent business.

All franchisees will have full access to our suppliers. With long-term relationships already established, pricing can't get better even for first-day members.

The home office team will help every franchisee find the perfect spot for your tents, suggest the best inventory from our available options, and provide TV advertising that should create awareness.

We consider entrepreneurial franchise partners to be members of our business family. And this is a family-run business, so that's important to us.

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Flower Tent is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming