Franchise FAQ

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions about how to start your very own 1 for 1 Pizza franchise store below.
If you’d like to reach out to us directly, use the email contact form at the bottom of this page and a 1 for 1 Pizza representative will get back to you shortly. Our franchise owners are given every advantage of a full turnkey business with quality products and built-in advertising, so you can launch your very own successful business.

How can I find out more about operating my own 1 for 1 Pizza franchise?

If you are interested in joining our team or would like to know more about franchising opportunities with 1 FOR 1 PIZZA please contact us directly at 613-234-6060 or by email at [email protected]

Is previous experience in the restaurant industry required?

Yes, a minimum of one year experience in the pizza industry is required, alternatively, experience in a managerial position in the restaurant industry will be considered. 1 FOR 1 PIZZA will provide comprehensive training and operating assistance to qualified candidates. A prospective franchisee’s desire and effort can be as significant as one’s level of experience.

How do I secure a site/area/territory if I am interested?

A $10,000 deposit will secure a site/area of your interest such that 1 FOR 1 PIZZA will no longer market the site/area to any other prospective buyers.

What is the cost of opening a 1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise location?

1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise locations operate “full production” stores. The total turnkey cost is typically in the range of $150,000 to $225,000.00, depending on the size of the location and the leasehold improvements that may be required.

The turnkey costs include those relating to: store design, permit acquisitions, all equipment, necessary leasehold improvements, signage, small wares, construction, administration charges and uniforms. All of the equipment, except for the computer’s licensed software is typically owned by the franchisee.

What does the initial franchise fee cost cover?

It secures the right to own and operate a 1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise within a designated territory, area or region. It is a fee that permits the franchisee to obtain a non-proprietary right in the 1 For 1 Pizza name, logos, trademarks marketing plans, formulas and recipes and to operate accordingly. Finally, it pays for the initial training and opening promotions necessary to get the business off to the right start.

How much money must I have in order to obtain financing for a 1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise?

The amount of capital you will need to invest in a 1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise varies depending on location, required leasehold improvements, etc.. The level of equity required as a means of qualifying for a business loan varies from lender to lender and it ultimately based on the creditworthiness of the franchisee. However, prospective franchisees ought to expect to be able to provide an unencumbered cash equity sum equating to 50% of the purchase price. While 1 FOR 1 PIZZA does not lend money, we do have many contacts within the lending community and we can make the appropriate introductions if needed.

What is the requisite royalty fee?

The royalty levied will be a flat rate fee payable to 1 FOR 1 PIZZA on a monthly basis. It starts at $900/month for all new stores, and progressively increases annually at a rate of 5% for the first term of the Franchise Agreement (new stores only).

What is the advertising fee and what does it cover?

The advertising fee is a flat rate payable to 1 FOR 1 PIZZA on a weekly basis. The current rate is $250.00/ week. It covers the set up cost of all advertising initiatives, marketing promotions, flyers, newspaper ads, print advertisement, radio/television commercials and airtime used to acquire and maintain a loyal customer base. In addition, the franchisee is obligated to spend a minimum of 2% of gross sales, or $300.00/week on local advertising in the form of flyers. Those franchisees with extra funds available are required to engage in other forms of advertising and marketing.

Will 1 FOR 1 PIZZA select the location and build the store for me?

We are constantly seeking suitable locations. In certain instances you may choose to open a store in a location selected by yourself; however it must be evaluated and approved by 1 FOR 1 PIZZA. In any case, 1 FOR 1 PIZZA coordinates the construction and/or renovation of the store.

Who holds the lease? I have little experience in negotiating leases; will 1 FOR 1 PIZZA offer assistance in this regard?

This varies from location to location and is primarily a function of the landlord’s leasing policies. In some cases the franchisee will be the tenant and in other cases 1 FOR 1 PIZZA and its affiliated companies lease the premise and then sublease it to the franchisee. 1 FOR 1 PIZZA can be engaged to negotiate a lease entirely, or can simply offer assistance and guidance where the franchisee deems it necessary. Despite this, a franchisee is strongly advised and will always be well served to seek independent legal advice from a solicitor.

How do I get building plans?

We will provide plans for your location, including any necessary architectural and/or engineering drawings.

What hours must the store be open?

Our current standard hours of store operation are as follows:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 11:00am – 1:00am
  • Thursday: 11:00am – 2:00am
  • Friday – Saturday: 10:00am – 3:00am
  • Sunday: 11:30am – Midnight
Does 1 FOR 1 PIZZA require franchisees to be actively involved in operating the store?

Yes. We require and respond to the personal input and attention of the owner. It is essential that the franchisee become personally involved in all facets of the business. You can expect to work many long hours, particularly at the outset. You should be willing and capable of performing all sales, production and other function required on a daily basis. The demands on you personally can be minimized by your ability to build sales and attract, motivate and retain competent employees.

What provinces or cities are franchise opportunities available in?

We are currently interested in expanding across Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec. Please inquire to us directly with location requests.

Am I responsible for finding my own location?

No, you are not responsible for finding your own location. Seasoned 1 FOR 1 PIZZA professionals will help you to find the best location for your store, to negotiate the best lease and to handle any municipal regulations that need to be taken care of. Our team has the knowledge and experience to assist you with opening your franchise, every step of the way.

I have no experience in construction and design, how can I ensure that my store looks pleasant and consistent with other 1 FOR 1 PIZZA locations?

Our design and construction team will assist you with that. Made up of experienced professionals with over 25 years of experience, the 1 for 1 PIZZA development team will manage every aspect of store design – including the interior and exterior, kitchen build, equipment, furniture and fixtures. We will help you to maximize space and functionality to create an environment that staff and customers will be pleased to visit.

I’ve never managed a restaurant or made pizza before. Can I also be successful at owning a 1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise?

Before you open your store, we will teach you everything you need to successfully manage your own 1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise. You will attend a 5 week in depth training at one of our 1 FOR 1 PIZZA locations, where you will learn how to cook and prepare food in a real kitchens and store. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect and training is the key to success.

Do I have to source my own supplies?

No, we have everything taken care of for you. 1 FOR 1 PIZZA has teamed up with Summit Food Service-A Division of Colabor. Their state-of-the-art warehouse HAACP Ottawa facility ships ingredients and products to our restaurants each week, ensuring that your store is kept stocked with fresh ingredients and quality supplies.

How does the marketing work?

We invest a certain amount on promotional and advertising programs that are designed to successfully drive traffic to your store. Unique incentives and promotions create strong consumer awareness for the 1 FOR 1 PIZZA brand and motivate customers to come to your store on foot, online and over the phone.

Once my store is opened, does the support end?

Absolutely not. District sales managers partner with you to offer everyday support and to achieve maximum sales and profitability. Assistance is offered to help you maintain the high standards of quality, service, cleanliness and value that have been established at 1 FOR 1 PIZZA, ensuring a constant flow of happy customers.

Get In Touch

If you are interested in a franchise opportunity with 1 FOR 1 PIZZA or any questions, please contact us by phone, email or by filling in the contact form below.  We will get back to you as soon as possible and help you get started with your own 1 FOR 1 PIZZA franchise business.



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