Sam & Louie's

2019 Costs & Fees

Liquid Capital Required:$80,000
Net Worth Required:$150,000
Total Investment:$327,500 - $468,700

Franchisor Details

Total Units:17
Year Founded:1994
Franchising Since:2000
Home Office: Omaha, NE
Entrepreneur Magazine Top 500, Franchise Times Top 500; Franchise Gator Top Emerging (2015)

A Great Pizza Franchise...
And So Much More!

We are actively seeking qualified candidates to become franchise owners. Even if you have no previous franchising or restaurant experience, Sam & Louie’s can help you own your own business.

Sam & Louie's specializes in an exciting specialty food concept, the demand for which continues to grow steadily. By becoming a Sam & Louie’s franchisee, you can be part of this exciting and rewarding field.

We started in the pizza business in Omaha, Nebraska in 1993; we opened our second location in 1995. In 1999 we decided we needed a new name and a new direction and Sam & Louie’s was born!

People instantly fell in love with our expanded menu and concept, and in 2001 we launched our franchise. Sam & Louie’s is currently experiencing rapid growth both in individual location sales and in the number of locations.

The Pizza Business Is Booming. Just Look At These Facts:

  • A whopping 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once per month.
  • The average American eats 46 slices per year (that’s an average of 350 slices per second!).
  • In a Gallup survey of American families with children 18 and under, 68 percent reported that they have pizza as part of their special occasions.
  • Children ages 3 -11 prefer pizza out of all lunches and dinner selections, according to a Gallup poll.

Sam & Louie's Terrific Menu

Not only do we have great pizza, but our extensive menu has something for everyone - Pizza, Calzones, Strombolis, Pastas, Hoagies, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads and Gluten Free Pizza.

Outstanding Training

Our exceptional training program includes both classroom and hands-on training in critical areas such as promotional activities, food preparation, customer service, administrative duties, problem solving and more.

Support Where You Need It

Beginning with your site selection, obtaining equipment and supplies, pre- and post- grand opening, through day-to-day operations, Sam & Louie’s is with you every step of the way to help ensure the success and growth of your business. You will receive a confidential, complete Operations Manual with periodic updates covering all areas of the Sam & Louie’s system. Our helpful management staff will communicate with you on an ongoing basis and are available for consultation and assistance on all facets of your operation.

Investment Options

The initial franchise fee for an individual unit is $25,000. The total cost to get operational will range from $327,500 to $468,700. This includes the franchise fee, leasehold improvements, equipment, initial inventory and supplies, advertising, required working capital and the training program. Keep in mind that costs do vary based on location, size of the unit, suppliers and other factors. Sam & Louie's will work with you to obtain the lowest costs possible.

Sam & Louie's Will Also Provide Assistance And, In Some Cases, Have Final Approval On The Following:

  • Site selection and lease negotiation
  • Layout and design of your restaurant
  • Classroom and in-store training
  • Use of the Sam & Louie’s confidential recipes
  • On-going operational and marketing support
  • Food and labor controls
  • Accounting systems

Our Ideal Franchise Partner Will Have Most Of The Following Attributes:

  • Reliability
  • Leadership Skills
  • Good Judgment
  • Good Learner
  • Hard Worker
  • Good Communicator
  • Good at Networking
  • Financial Awareness
  • Willing to Delegate Work
  • Willingness to Ask for Help

If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you! To find out more about the Sam & Louie's franchise opportunity, please submit the form below and you will be contacted.

Special Opportunities For Active Military, Veterans And Their Families:

  • 50% Savings on the initial Franchise Fee. Pay $12,500 instead of $25,000.
  • Reduced Royalties for life. Pay 3% for Royalties instead of 5%.

*This franchise is listed on the FRANCHISE REGISTRY and is eligible to offer expedited loan processing through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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My name is Diann Steffens. Our Sam & Louie's is located in Sidney, Nebraska, right off interstate A. It's a lot of hard work but you do have flexibility. I just don't know there aren't more people opening them actually because the numbers are there. We had talked about opening a pizza place without it being a franchise first. The reason we went for franchise and again with Sam & Louie's is because they came out, they work with you. They were working with us before we even decided to sign the dotted line. I'm a people person and I really enjoy the first two weeks I worked there on hands the first two weeks. That's like the kitchen bible to everybody that has the franchise. Everything is in there. Just the hands-on. Showing you exactly what they do, how it's made. How you can maybe even get to throw your own pizza in the air. They're great with marketing. We do programs at the school. They'll be glad to make the football coupons for instance. We ... Our football team sells cards. They help get that all going. They make all that available to us. To make it competitive. The pizza is better. We sell a lot of pasta but we still sell a lot of pizza. The point of sale [inaudible 00:002:02] it's really simple to use. You can go in and check numbers at the end of the day. Everybody is gone and you say, you know things didn't quite add up, I need to go through, you can go through each ticket. You can go through the whole thing and look at it and know what exactly is going on. They've ... They're the tried and true. they've tried things. They know what works. They still take suggestions. They're always making new changes to keep things better. You can call them for anything. Somebody ... If they don't answer right then, they'll call you back. They get back to you. Answer the question. If they don't know the answer. They'll get you in with one of the computer people that know the answer, if you're stuck. They're more like family and friends than they are the franchise person that's telling you what to do all the time. I just think they're great to work with.


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Please call Michael Nolan directly at (402) 614-4405.

Please Note:

Sam & Louie's is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming.

Interested parties should have at least $80,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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