Hello, this is my first post and am researching opening drive thru's here in Ohio at busy intersections. Any experiences or advice would be very much welcome. Curious as to how many cars per day could be served, profit margins, pros/cons. Thanks
There are some good resources.
On the Espresso Consultants website you can get some information on revenue generation and profit potential
espressobusiness.com provides you with some information on double drive thrus as well.
Some franchises have information packages like Mountain Mudd. Go to mountainmudd.com
I am thinking that I want to choose my own name for a coffee business instead of being locked in to a franchise. But a franchise does have some benefits such as name recognition and reduced cost for supplies. But it also restricts you.
Franchise operations are costly. You have to sell more coffee than you can imagine to pay for some franchise costs. Do the math carefully. You have overhead, materials, payroll - but how many cars can you serve per minutes? Figure the average ticket take and see if you can really afford to pay for all of the above AND support someone else's "dream" design. You really have to ask yourself what exactly you are getting for the price.
I suggest you talk with a local roaster about supplying the coffee and contact an equipment supplier about equipment and training. With a little marketing you can probably come up with a better design than what you will pay $25 to $30K for.
There are a lot of resources out there than can come together to get you up and running. In the end, the cash is YOURS and you won't be paying for someone else's idea. Just my thought - I've had a couple of customers that started out with the idea of buying a drive-through coffee franchise and end up doing their own thing.