Why D.P. Dough

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it's differentiated While calzones are often thrown into the pizza category, D.P. Dough is The Pizza Alternative®. That means that we don't sell pizza. Since we don't have to compete with the very crowded pizza market, we have a competitive advantage over pizza places. D.P. Dough is able to offer a wide variety of calzones so that each customer gets exactly what they want. Also, there are more opportunities to sell calzones because customers are more likely to order calzones when they are alone, as opposed to pizza, which is typically ordered in groups. Don’t get us wrong. We like pizza. It just has nothing to do with us. D.P. Dough is The Original Calzone Company, the pizza franchise alternative, and is the only national calzone franchise.

it's exciting Have you ever been on a college campus in the Fall? There is a vibe of optimism, hope, and new beginnings. (No, we aren’t hippies. This is very much a real phenomenon.) D.P. Dough restaurants feed off of that new school year excitement to create a new class of D.P. Dough fans with each group of incoming freshmen (while growing the business of Sophomores through 5th Year Seniors). It’s hard to think of a better example of a college freshman’s newfound freedom than ordering a custom made fresh baked calzone at 3 in the morning. Being near a college campus also makes it easier to become a part of your local community by supporting the college team and taking part in local traditions. D.P. Dough loves college towns and college towns love D.P. Dough! it's profitable Franchising is a partnership between the franchisor and the franchisee. D.P. Dough Franchising understands that franchisees must be able to make a solid return on their investment. Accordingly, D.P. Dough Franchising makes it easier for D.P. Dough owners to see profit by requiring lower fees than other franchise systems. Shop around and see for yourself!

  • 4% Royalty
  • 1% National Advertising Fund (applies once 30 D.P. Dough restaurants are open)
  • $30,000 Initial Franchise Fee
  • $793,565 average unit volume
  • $103,961 average unit EBITDA
D.P. Dough offers a discount of 10% off the Initial Franchise Fee for military veterans through the International Franchising Association’s VetFran Program. it's proven Owning a D.P. Dough can be hard work, but you will not be re-inventing the wheel. Calzones are the focus of our business and the reason that D.P. Dough is a dorm-hold name across college campuses. During your initial training, we will teach you how to be a world-class calzone maker, and more importantly, a smart restaurant owner, by using our proven systems. If you are awarded a D.P. Dough, you will be supported by a dedicated team from D.P. Dough Franchising and will become part of the close-knit community of D.P. Dough owners. it's delicious We don't mean to brag, but our calzones are amazing! We use the best ingredients to make the best calzones. We give our customers a ton of options without confusing them. People drive hours to have our calzones. Our delivery drivers get hugs from students on campus. Seriously. It's that good. (Check out our Twitter feed to see what our customers are saying about us!)

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