Thank you for your interest in franchising with Candlelite Chicago! With decades of experience, Candlelite has perfected its tavern-style thin crust pizza, which has garnered worldwide recognition, consistently ranking on top 10 lists of the best tavern-style pizzas globally. The pizza restaurant industry itself is a thriving market, with statistics revealing its robust growth year after year. In the United States alone, pizza restaurant sales increased by nearly ten billion U.S. dollars over the past decade. This showcases the enduring popularity of this beloved comfort food. Franchisees with Candlelite will benefit from a time-tested recipe, an iconic neon marquee sign that serves as a powerful marketing tool, and the unwavering commitment to creating a customer-friendly environment. With the combination of Candlelite's stellar reputation, its historic success, and the proven profitability of the pizza industry, entrepreneurs can confidently invest in a franchise that promises both tradition and prosperity.


Candlelite Chicago, a timeless establishment that first opened its doors in 1950, is a cherished culinary gem known for its iconic tavern-style thin crust pizza. Rooted in the vision of two Italian immigrants, Candlelite was conceived as a welcoming neighborhood hub where locals could come together and savor the simple pleasures of life. Back in the day, the tradition of serving tavern-style thin crust pizzas as complimentary snacks to patrons was born, fostering a sense of community and encouraging patrons to return. Renowned for its exceptional pizzas, Candlelite consistently earns a coveted spot on every list of the world's finest tavern-style pizza establishments, a testament to its enduring legacy in the culinary world.


Pizza businesses are generally profitable businesses. In fact, pizzerias have some of the highest profit margins in the food and beverage industry. Starting a Pizza Shop typically generates a profit margin of about 10%-15%. This aligns perfectly with Candlelite's renowned tavern-style thin crust pizza, making it an ideal choice for entrepreneurs seeking a profitable venture. We are offering you the chance to secure a location with a minimum investment between $449,500 to $843,500. This will include a one-time initial franchise fee which will be $30,000. This covers all the essentials, from the franchise fee to state-of-the-art equipment, inventory, and effective marketing strategies.


Franchisees partnering with Candlelite Chicago can expect comprehensive and hands-on training programs that are designed to set them up for success in the competitive restaurant industry. The training regimen comprises both classroom instruction and invaluable on-the-job experience. The 26-hour classroom training curriculum is meticulously crafted to cover essential aspects of restaurant management, including menu offerings, customer service protocols, financial operations, and marketing strategies. This ensures franchisees have a strong foundation in Candlelite's business practices. Following this, the 137 hours of on-the-job training provide franchisees with practical, real-world experience within a Candlelite restaurant setting. This comprehensive training approach equips franchisees with the skills and expertise necessary to uphold Candlelite's high standards and deliver an exceptional dining experience.

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