How Much Does it Cost? – La Diperie™ Franchise

La Diperie is one of the most affordable ice cream franchise opportunities on the market

Everyone loves ice cream – but it tastes so much sweeter when you own the shop.

La Diperie is one of the most affordable franchise opportunities in the evergreen ice cream segment. With the total costs of ownership ranging from $233,425 to $455,025, owning a La Diperie franchise is an accessible franchise business for many entrepreneurs.

With a small footprint, a minimal amount of equipment, and a limited number of employees, La Diperie is designed to keep operating costs low right out of the gate.

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“La Diperie is an extremely scalable business,” says John Wuycheck, SVP of Franchise Development with La Diperie. “We’ve worked hard to keep the barriers to entry low, and to streamline operations to make owning a La Diperie straightforward to run. After the success we’ve experienced in Canada for the last 9+ years, we’re really excited about the growth potential in the United States.”

What do I get for my franchise fee?

The franchise fee for La Diperie is $25,000 for traditional location, and this gives you access to a world class training and support infrastructure that begins the moment you sign your franchise agreement. Our parent company, Kahala Brands, is one of the largest franchisors in the world, and our franchise owners benefit from in-house marketing support, new product development, training and coaching from industry experts and much, much more!

Do you offer in-house financing?

While La Diperie does not offer in-house financing directly, we do have relationships with several third-party lenders who can help you secure the funds you need to open a new La Diperie franchise. To learn more, simply fill out an inquiry form on this website, and a member of our team will reach out to you shortly.

Want a deeper dive into our costs & fees?

For a comprehensive overview of the costs & fees associated with owning a La Diperie franchise, please review Item 7 from our most recent Franchise Disclosure Document below:

Type Of ExpenditureAmount (Low) Amount (High)Method of PaymentWhen DueTo Whom Payment is to be paid
Initial Franchise Fee
$20,000 $25,000 Lump SumAt Signing of Franchise AgreementUs
Rent/Security Deposit (for 3 months)$6,000$15,000As IncurredBefore openingLandlord(s)
Travel and Living Expenses (2 persons) while training, not including salaries, if any, for you and your employees$3,000$7,500As IncurredAs incurredAirlines, hotels, car rental agency & restaurants
Real EstateSee Note
Lease Review Fee $0$2,500Lump SumWhen you request review by Kahala Management’s real estate departmentUs
Lease Guarantee Fee (optional) Permit$0$10,000Lump SumAs incurredMTY USA or its affiliate who guarantees the lease
Architectural Fees
$5,000$10,500As IncurredPrior to OpeningLicensed and Approved Architect
Leasehold Improvements$63,000$210,000As IncurredPrior to OpeningApproved Contractors and Vendors
Exterior Signage $6,500$13,000As IncurredPrior to OpeningApproved Sign Company
Equipment $79,000$100,000Lump SumPrior to OpeningUS, Approved Vendors or Suppliers
PCI Compliance Costs$150$1,300As billed by third party vendorAs billed by third party vendorApproved Vendor
Opening Inventory$10,000$15,000Lump SumBefore openingVendors & suppliers
Employee Uniforms
$500$800Lump SumBefore openingVendors
Grand Opening Marketing and Advertising
$10,000$10,000Lump SumEarlier of; prior to execution of a lease or prior to construction of premiseUs
Insurance Premiums $1,000$3,000Lump SumBefore opening Insurance carrier
Permits and Licenses$2,000$3,000Lump SumBefore opening Governmental entities
Telephone and Utility Deposits and Hookups $250$1,000Lump SumBefore opening Utility companies
Computer Training and Food Safety Certification Course$100
$500As neededAs incurredVendors, Suppliers
$3,925As IncurredAs incurredVendors, etc.
Depository Account
$3,000$3,000Lump Sum(must be replenished on a regular basis)Signing of Franchise AgreementYour bank (we have the right to withdraw from this account)
Additional Funds (3
months initial period)

As IncurredAs incurredUs, Employees, Various Third Parties
TOTAL ESTIMATED INITIAL INVESTMENT$233,425$455,025(Does not include real estate costs and/or
rent for the business location except for the
initial security deposit.)
NoteIf you do not own a suitable premises approved by us, you must lease or purchase the premises for your La Diperie restaurant. If you decide to lease the premises, the landlord will generally require a security deposit, the amount of which generally ranges from one month of monthly rent to six months of monthly rent. The amount of your security deposit will vary according to your area, the type of location (enclosed mall, strip center, or free-standing building), and various other factors. A lease security deposit may be non-refundable and is paid directly to the landlord of the premises. If you decide to purchase land and construct your own building or buy an existing building, you can expect to add the cost of the real estate and costs of building to the total investment. Real estate costs vary considerably, depending on fair market values in your area; size, condition, and location of the premises; and municipal requirements.

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