Top 10 Franchises in 2015

Take a peek at the top ten franchises for this year – did your favourite make the list?

  • by Spotong
  • Mar 8, 2016
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Top 10 Franchises in 2015

There’s no denying it. South Africans love fast food, and if the number of fast foods franchises is anything to go by, South Africans love owning fast food franchises, too. While 2016 promises to be a successful year for international franchises such as Burger King and Dominos, local franchises such as Zebro’s and Barcelos are flourishing.

Are you considering branching out into owning your own franchise? Here are the top 10 local franchises to consider:

There’s no denying it. South Africans love fast food, and if the number of fast foods franchises is anything to go by, South Africans love owning fast food franchises, too.

1.     Steers

Set up cost:                            R1 200 000

Franchise fee:                      R130 000             

Monthly payment:           11%

This year, Famous Brands has made many acquisitions in an attempt to capitalise on the growing middle class. However, Steers remains its biggest brand with just over 500 stores nationwide, drawing plenty of foot traffic through their doors daily. Found at nearly every major fuel stop on our highways and strip malls nationwide, it’s a worthwhile investment.

2.     Wimpy

Set up cost:                            R1 930 000

Franchise fee:                      R114 300

Monthly payment:           12%

Associated with holidays, beachside breakfasts and burgers, Wimpy is a family favourite spot with nearly 500 stores across South Africa. Another success story from the Famous Brands stable, Wimpy is a household name which has been in business since 1967 – a tried and tested recipe for success.

3.     Zebro’s Chicken

Set up cost:                            R756 000

Franchise fee:                      R75 000

Monthly payment:           4%

Since the 1990s, Zebro’s has been satisfying customers nationwide with their premium quality chicken basted with a unique sauce. Acquired by Taste Holdings last year, the brand has grown to expand its menu as franchising has expanded. This brand offers a good opportunity for those wanting to break into the market with its low start-up costs.

4.     The Fish & Chip Co

Set up cost:                            R525 439

Franchise fee:                      R120 000

Monthly payment:           R4 400 monthly

Voted the number one fish and chip brand by the Sunday Times for the second year running, the Fish & Chip Co is a cheap and cheerful favourite. With over 300 stores nationwide, the franchise is also in Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, with stores coming soon to Zambia.

5.     Nando’s

Set up cost:                            R4 500 000

Franchise fee:                      R185 000

Monthly payment:           12%

It all started in 1987 with a store in Rosettenville, Johannesburg and today there are 300 stores nationwide and a growing presence globally.  Owned by Nando’s Holdings, this instantly recognisable brand is a firm favourite among South Africans and you won’t be left waiting for patrons to arrive at your door.

6.     Shisa Nyama

Special offer – expires  February 28, 2016

Set up cost:                            R375 000

Franchise fee:                      R3 500 (First three months are free)

Monthly payment:           Contact Shisa Nyama for more info.

A township trend has become a middle-class way of life with this increasingly popular brand. A small start up cost makes this a very attractive option for first-time franchisees, and Shisa Nyama has a strong focus on tradition and local flavour. Plus, it has been running since 2007, which proves the brand has staying power.

7.     Chicken Licken

Set up cost:                            R3 000 000

Franchise fee:                      R150 000             

Monthly payment:           12%

Established in 1981, with over 200 stores in South Africa, family-owned Chicken Licken is famous for its hotwings and soulfire sauce. The set up cost are pretty steep but if the foot traffic is anything to go by you will make your money back in no time

8.     McDonald’s

Set up cost:                            R6 000 000

Franchise fee:                      R540 000

Monthly payment:           4%

Locally owned by the Shanduka Group, McDonald’s has a nationwide presence of more than 200 outlets. A global icon, McDonald’s is the most expensive franchise in the country with set-up costs totalling R6 000 000, but the golden arches are a great drawcard.

9.     Barcelos

Set up cost:                            R1 600 000

Franchise fee:                      On Request

Monthly payment:           On Request

Flame grilled chicken, Portuguese-style! Since 1993, when the first Barcelos opened its doors in Pretoria, the brand has grown from strength to strength, with outlets in Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Dubai, Oman, Mauritius and Singapore. There are also plans to open outlets in Pakistan, India and Qatar soon, indicating the burgeoning power of this popular franchise.

10.  King Pie

Set up cost:                            R550 000

Franchise fee:                      R54 000

Monthly payment:           On Request

With 23 years in business, King Pie knows how to make its customers feel like royalty, with the tagline of delivering “mnandi-licious value for money meals fit for a king”. With more than 280 outlets in South Africa, this pie franchise has proven its popularity and King Pie has also expanded into Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Zambia and has attractively low start up costs and franchise fees.