Become a Boardwalk Franchisee Partner

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One of the Fastest Growing Restaurant Franchise in Canada

In 1981, inspired by the legendary fries that had been a staple of our childhood vacations, Dave and Fran DiFerdinando, the founders of Boardwalk dreamed of bringing the unmistakable taste of Boardwalk fries—a taste synonymous with summer and joy—to people everywhere around the country and not just those along the beach. We still prepare fries in the same great way – a special recipe and lightly salted – piping hot and made to order.

But our story doesn’t end with fries. As the word spread, and people wanted more, we introduced fresh, never frozen hand-made burgers, creamy shakes made with premium Canadian dairy and a host of other mouth-watering options including sweet potato fries, poutine, veggie burgers, and diverse chicken dishes. Each new addition was met with the same dedication to quality and taste that started with our original Boardwalk fries.

Today, Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes is a celebration of the best ingredients and the joy of shared experiences. We’ve brought the spirit of Ocean City’s Boardwalk to you, with a promise to deliver not just food, but memories that last a lifetime.

At Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes, the success of our franchisees is our number one priority.  We know exactly what it takes to lead our franchise community to success!

At Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes we strive to provide a unique support system that is realistic to the needs of our franchise community. We uphold a high set of expectations on the food, service and atmosphere that we provide to our customers. 

We are one of Canada’s fastest growing, highest profit, low-cost fast-casual Brands and we are expanding throughout Canada. Boardwalk is actively on the lookout for highly motivated, business-minded individuals and groups to expand our Brand and Vision.

Franchise Benefits

  • Extensive initial and ongoing training programs.
  • In-depth operational coaching and business building support visits.
  • Financing programs through major lenders.
  • Diverse menu offerings and customized POS systems.
  • Appealing and functional restaurant design with a low start-up cost.
  • Award-winning marketing agency partners.
  • Top-tier producers, suppliers and distributors. 
  • Real estate and construction support.

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Setting up our Boardwalk Franchises for Success

Explore how the process works

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In order to achieve this consistency a mandatory hands-on, training program is to be completed by franchisees and their managerial staff.

The corporate team provides support and expertise with real estate and site selection, construction and design, purchasing and distribution, research and development and technology information decisions.

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A dedicated member of our operations team provides onsite support in the weeks leading up to the grand opening by training the cashiers, food preparations’, and managers on our secret recipes and best practices. Instilling knowledge, confidence, and brand integrity is just one unique way we ensure consistency in food and service throughout the country.

Each franchisee has several strategy sessions with the corporate team where the Grand Opening Package and Local Store Marketing manual is provided. The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) for the franchisees’ location are discussed to better tailor their local store marketing initiatives.

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In addition to providing ongoing assistance in event coordination and local store marketing efforts, we also provide cutting edge digital components for customer incentive programs, innovation in social media optimization to all aspects of print media and many other forms of marketing channel support.

Better Burger Movement

Join the Better Burger Movement with one of the fastest growing, Fast Casual concepts in the country! We are currently offering single and multi-unit franchise opportunities as well as development areas.

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Do I need to find a location?

Our Real Estate Support Team will assist you in finding and negotiating a lease for the perfect location to open up your Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes restaurant.

Do you provide Financing?

We have banking programs with major Canadian Banks to assist you in getting financing! To qualify for bank financing, you will be required to have a minimum of 30% of the total cost in unencumbered cash available. (Approximately $150,000). Franchisees will need to secure financing for the remaining 70% using the equity in a home or another business. Financing is based on individual applicant’s financial history and credit rating.

What is the Franchise Fee?

The Franchise Fee is $30,000 for 10 year term.

What are the Royalty and Advertising fees?

On-going Royalty fees are 6% paid monthly, based on gross sales. 3% Advertising fee paid monthly, based on gross sales.

How much money can I make?

Many factors contribute to a franchisees bottom line including rent, controlling costs and the ability to grow sales. Unfortunately, we cannot provide nor predict ROI. We do however provide a “Franchise Disclosure Document” that will outline the “average” costs in our systems to operate a Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes Franchise. Also we encourage you to speak to our existing franchisees to help you build a business plan and understand what it is like to operate a Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes! Due to the Franchise Laws within Canada we are prohibited to provide potential franchisees with information that could lead to any expectations of future earnings.

Do I need Restaurant Experience?

Although it’s always an asset for franchisees to have prior restaurant experience, it’s not mandatory. We believe the right attitude to learn, passion for our products, understanding of financials, business acumen and people management skills are the most important qualities.

Do I need to be a Full time owner Operator?

At Boradwalk Fries Burgers Shakes, we look for franchisees who will operate and manage their restaurant full time. Our business is more than providing outstanding menu offerings, it is a people business with a primary and essential focus on customer relations. If you do not wish to be a “hands on” franchisee, then we will recommend that you partner with someone who will dedicate themselves full time.

Will you provide Training?

At Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes we strive to provide a unique support system that is realistic to the needs of our franchise community. We uphold a high set of expectations on the food, service and atmosphere that we provide to customers throughout the nation. In order to achieve this consistency a mandatory 3 weeks hands-on, training program is to be completed by franchisees and their managerial staff. In addition to this, training is provided to Franchisees and their Teams on an ongoing basis.

What is the cost to become a Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes Franchisee?

The overall cost to own a Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes franchise can range between $400,000 – $500,000 depending on size of location. This includes all initial fees, buildout, setup, initial training and operating capital costs!

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