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Asian food franchises are an untapped niche in the fast-casual and QSR categories, due to the historic predominance of buffet and full-service restaurants. And today’s demand for casual dining and takeaway isn’t going anywhere. We’ve taken traditional conveyer sushi and hibachi grills and transformed those Asian restaurant favorites into a new format. Sho Express is an exciting new fast-casual Asian food franchise that is ready to grow.

What Does a Sho Express Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with Sho Express, you'll need to have at least $125,000 in liquid capital. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of $508,500 - $1,045,750. They also offer financing via 3rd party as well as a discount for veterans (Discounts available to veterans on initial franchise fees). *


Financial requirements for this franchise:

Liquid Capital: $125,000
What does Liquid Capital mean?
Total Investment: $508,500 - $1,045,750
What does Total Investment mean?


Options available to franchisees:

Financing: Via 3rd party
Training: Available
Veteran Discount: Discounts available to veterans on initial franchise fees

Franchisor Details

Facts about this franchise:

Total Units: 3
Year Founded: 2018
Franchising Since: 2020

The Opportunity

Sho Express: An Asian Food Franchise with Flair

Right now, Asian food is getting ready to serve up something entirely new – an increasing presence in the fast-casual and quick serve categories. With the Asian segment weighted down by traditional buffet and full-service restaurants, the time is right for this cuisine to dominate fast-casual category.

Get To Know Sho

A shogun is a leader, and that’s what we aim to be. In 2014, the Sho Express vision took shape in St. Louis. Even back then, with a mission to serve up flavorful Japanese food fused with American influences, in a fun and friendly environment, we knew we were on to something.

Fast forward to today. With nine locations in three states under the Sho Express umbrella, a perfected and established concept, and a prime position at the intersection of some pretty incredible food trends, we’re ready to take our Sho on the road – the franchising road, that is, and we’re looking for confident, motivated leaders to join us.

Why Own A Sho Express Franchise?

We're Growing Fast

  • Creative menu of sushi and hibachi-style favorites
  • Contemporary atmosphere and enthusiastic employees
  • High-quality food and service, prepared safely
  • Affordable prices to appeal to diverse demographics
  • Casual eat-in and takeaway model
  • A fun, energetic and family-friendly brand personality
  • Low overhead
  • Leading the way in an emerging industry niche

Asian Restaurant Franchises Are On Fire

Asian food franchises are an untapped niche in the fast-casual and QSR categories, due to the historic predominance of buffet and full-service restaurants. And today’s demand for casual dining and takeaway isn’t going anywhere.

  • Asian food is the fastest-growing cuisine in the U.S., with sales increasing by 135% as recently as 2015
  • Sushi sells – this specialty saw 12% annual sales growth in 2018
  • As an industry, quick serve restaurants are forecast to reach $260 billion in 2021

We’ve taken traditional conveyer sushi and hibachi grills and transformed those Asian restaurant favorites into a new format. Sho Express is an exciting new fast-casual Asian food franchise that is ready to grow.

A Full Menu of Support

A Sho Express hibachi franchise is simple to start and easy to oversee. Our business model is already a success, and you’ll be a valued member of our family of owners.

Our experienced, expert team offers personal support to each franchise owner – plus a full menu of services that give you a strong start and help you make the most of your investment.

  • Real Estate
  • Site Selection
  • Store Design
  • Operations
  • Technology
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Legal

None of our franchise owners are in it alone – we’re always here to provide support, encouragement, and other resources you need to help your Sho Express Asian restaurant franchise start strong and achieve growth.

Our management team brings diverse expertise and talents to the table, plus the great attitude and fun, friendly spirit we’re known for. We know how to bring people (and businesses) together, and we believe working together is essential. You can expect the best from us when you become an owner.

Our Sho Express franchise owners also enjoy the benefits of:

  • Total training so you know how to “run the Sho” starting on day one
  • Purchasing power to benefit from any and all reduced pricing we are able to negotiate
  • Ongoing support from our franchise team – you’re never in it alone!

What Makes An Ideal Sho Express Franchisee?

  • You appreciate great food, and spending time with others who do too
  • You’re interested in restaurant ownership and management
  • You understand the demands of a fast-paced service business
  • You’re confident and comfortable as a leader
  • You want to find and retain the best staff and vendors
  • You have $125,000 in liquid capital

Interested In Learning More?

Request more information to learn more about Franchising with Sho Express today!


Sho Express is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming

Interested parties should have at least $125,000 in liquid capital to invest.

* This information may have changed since first published. We recommend that you always verify fees, investment amounts, and offers with the business opportunity directly prior to making a decision to invest.

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