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southern hospitality

The South is known for many things:
great food, soulful music, and treating total strangers like family.

At Edley’s Bar-B-Que, we focus on our guests overall experience while showcasing a unique Nashville personality.

We strive to serve the best food we can make and prove ourselves one plate at a time.

  • We offer counter service and a full-service experience for guests.
  • Catering and retail offer additional revenue streams.
  • And our units are anything but cookie-cutter: each has its own unique vibe and “seasoned & grit” design elements with lively outdoor seating areas.

If you like the idea of welcoming guests as old family friends, we’d love to welcome you to our franchise family.

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    Why Edley's?

    You’ve got a choice when it comes to the franchise you buy into. We might be biased, but here’s why we think Edley’s is right for you:

    • We do things the hard way. Why? Because it’s better that way. We only smoke enough meat for the day, and we never use a microwave. Everything is made fresh, and it shows.
    • Music is in our veins. It’s part of our vibe, and what people love about the brand. Every location has its own hand-selected playlist.
    • Other people think we’re great. We’ve been voted Best BBQ by the readers of the Nashville Scene four years in a row.
    • We have the attention of the media. Edley’s has been featured in publications like Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Nashville Lifestyles, The Tennessean, The Huffington Post, Delta’s Magazine, and Virgin Australia.
    • Our guests are family. Our warm welcome makes us stand out from other bar-b-que franchises.

    BAR-B-QUE BUSINEES IS BOOMING

    If you’re looking for a franchise in a lucrative market, the bar-b-que industry is ideal:

    • 95% of Americans like bar-b-que.
    • Over 30% eat bar-b-que or bar-b-que-sauced foods weekly.
    • 58% of bar-b-que restaurants have been operating for at least five years, proving their longevity.
    • Bar-b-que restaurants make up just 2% of US restaurants, showing that the market is far from saturated.

    INVESTMENT
    AND REVENUE POTENTIAL

    Naturally, you’re wondering whether Edley’s is a good investment, and how much you can make. We’re pretty proud that our average gross sales for franchises are nearly $3.2 million, which is 2x the industry average for Investment-to-Sales ratios!

    WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN FRANCHISEES

    Total Investment: $1,168,500 to $1,649,500
    (Refer to our FDD Item 7 for specifics on startup costs.)
    Minimum Liquid Capital: $550,000
    Minimum Net Worth: $1.25M

    FINANCING

    We assist with financing to qualified candidates through preferred vendor partners.

    JOIN THE EDLEY'S
    FRANCHISE FAMILY

    We are interested in partnering with the right people in the right places.

    We currently have four locations, but with the media attention we’ve gotten, demand for expansion is high.

    We are looking to expand in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama, and are also growing into other Southern and Midwest states. (Our first franchise location will open in late 2020 in Illinois.)

    We hold certain values that we call "Our Southern Soul" close, and we look for franchisees who do, too. We are...

    • We are doers that do it the hard way.
    • We are relentless on standards and kind on people.
    • We are positive people that treat our guests and team members as family.
    • We are passionate that Edley's be the best.

    Do you have a Southern Soul? We want to hear from you!

    HOW WE HELP OUR
    FRANCHISEES

    We consider our franchisees as part of the Edley’s family and treat them as such. Not only do we offer in-depth training, both as part of your onboarding as well as throughout your ownership of a franchise location, but we also help you choose your site and negotiate terms for the best location.

    We help you with your buildout, right up to your opening day, and then our opening support and training team is there to lend a hand.

    We’ll also assist with marketing, guiding you to leverage the tools we’ve established, as well as advising you on your local store marketing plan.

    We are here to help you succeed, and will do whatever you need as your franchise partner. That’s the Southern hospitality we’re known for!

    OUR MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEES
    LOVE US

    As a franchisee, you have the potential to create more than a work environment. Our team members feel that Edley’s is more like a family than a job. Watch and listen for yourself what team members have to say about Edley’s Bar-B-Que.

    MEET WILL,
    OUR FOUNDER AND CEO

    Will Newman almost became a lawyer. He studied at the University of Alabama School of Law, but felt entrepreneurship—and bar-b-que—pulling him in a different direction.

    He and his wife, Catharine, opened Edley’s Bar-B-Que in 2011, naming it after his late grandfather, Edley Newman, who was known for his generosity, hard work, and appreciation of “All Things Southern.”

    Thanks to the growing demand of Edley’s, Will is excited to offer franchise opportunities for the brand.

    HOW TO BECOME AN EDLEY'S
    FRANCHISE OWNER

    Become a part of the Edley’s franchise family in 8 steps:

    1

    Complete the Form and Download our eBook

    Our eBook provides information about the BBQ restaurant industry and what sets us apart from the competition.

    2

    Introduction Call
    (5-10 mins)

    We’ll answer initial questions and talk about qualifications.

    3

     Exploratory Call (1 hr)

    We’ll get to know each other further and share details on how we help you to succeed.

    4

    Complete Candidate Profile (10 Mins)

    Once completed we will: Send you the FDD, Introduce you to lending contacts, Start the preliminary real estate trade analysis

    5

    Schedule FDD review
    (30-45 mins)

    Speak with President of Franchising to ask questions on FDD, Real Estate, Territories, etc.

    6

    Discovery Day

    Visit our home office and multiple locations and meet our CEO Will Newman.

    7

    UFAQ/ Franchise Agreements

    Upon mutual agreement, we will send you your Franchise Agreement.

    8

    YOU are a Franchisee of Edley's Bar-B-Que

    Plug into our brand, and aggressively start the site selection, training, and on-boarding process!

    If you've always dreamed of owning an Edley's or it is the kind of joint you've been looking for, we'd love to help fulfill your dreams.

    HOW TO BECOME AN EDLEY'S
    FRANCHISE OWNER

    Become a part of the Edley’s franchise family in 8 steps:

    We are looking forward to hearing from you and are excited that you’re interested in getting in on the ground floor of the Just Love Coffee Cafe brand as we rapidly expand across the nation.

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