Process and Timeline
A lot of time and hard work go into opening a restaurant. That's why we provide you with a talented support team and an efficient opening process. On average, it could take six to eight months from the time you sign your franchise agreement until the day you open your doors. Below is an outline of the various steps you will encounter along the way.
Complete Your Application
Start the process today by submitting a completed application by mail or fax. A TacoTime representative will review and respond to your submitted application and send you TacoTime's Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). After we receive your signed acknowledgement of the FDD receipt, you can begin the discovery process of owning your own TacoTime restaurant.
Sign Your Franchise Agreement
Engage in further learning opportunities with TacoTime's franchise development team. Conversations with your designated TacoTime representative will be essential to your learning process. Validation calls to franchisees and visiting existing stores will also be beneficial. Upon mutual approval to move forward as a new TacoTime owner, you will sign a franchise agreement.
Secure Your Location
Finding a premier location for the store is essential. With help from a member of our real estate team, an authorized broker or your designated regional TacoTime representative, we provide assistance in finding and selecting a great location for your store. You may elect to hire Kahala to do all the foundational work including researching local market studies, identifying a location and negotiating the lease, but ultimately you will sign the lease for your store.
Build & Outfit Your Store
With the help of your designated TacoTime representative, the build-out process begins, including site plan and design specifications. TacoTime works with industry leaders to design and build your store, ensuring that each location matches the established brand identity. Your designated TacoTime representative will help you with your official construction documents, including mechanical, plumbing and electric plans, as well as assist with any build-out/design questions you may have. You can also count on them to make an on-site visit with your licensed contractor to review your progress.
Open Your Store
To maximize the grand opening for your location, we recommend working with your designated TacoTime representative to plan training four to eight weeks prior to your grand opening. As we mentioned earlier, your training will include a five day course at KTEC, as well as an additional eight to fifteen days of in-store training. You will receive a grand opening kit complete with banners, posters, balloons, menu fliers and loyalty cards. You will also be presented with a detailed local store marketing manual which includes ideas and specific examples of local store marketing initiatives used by your fellow franchisees.
Throughout the entire opening process you will be in constant contact with your designated TacoTime representative. Together you'll work through a checklist from the time you sign your franchise agreement to the time you open your doors to your first customers. Rest assured that when you become part of the TacoTime family, you'll never be alone.