Tom & Chee

In 2009, the first Tom & Chee location literally popped up in a tent near the ice-skating rink in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, Tom & Chee has become a nationally-recognized brand after appearing on Shark Tank and growing in seven states.

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What Does a Tom & Chee Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with Tom & Chee, you'll need to have at least $125,000 in liquid capital. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of $302,700 - $456,000. They also offer financing via 3rd party. *

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Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$125,000
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Total Investment:$302,700 - $456,000
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Options available to Franchisees:
Financing:Via 3rd party

Franchisor Details

Facts about this Franchise:
Total Units:10
Home Office: Cincinnati, OH
Year Founded:2009
Franchising Since:2012

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What is a Tom & Chee Franchise?

Tom & Chee has risen from humble origins to one of the rising stars in the $23 billion sandwich industry. In 2009, the first Tom & Chee location literally popped up in a tent near the ice-skating rink in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, during the winter holidays. Since then, Tom & Chee has become a nationally-recognized brand after appearing on Shark Tank and growing to more than 12 locations in seven states.

Commitment to Franchisee Success

Because the majority of Tom & Chee franchise owners join our franchise family without any experience in the restaurant industry, we have made significant investments to ensure that our franchisees are poised for success from the get-go.

Under the new leadership of GSR Brands, a franchise system with more than 50 years of experience in helping franchisees thrive, a sandwich & grilled cheese franchise is now easier to run and own than ever before. GSR Brands’ leadership team has invested in significant improvements to the proven Tom & Chee franchise model. Streamlining operations makes daily prep easier, and a simplified menu is more attractive to guests and easier for employees to master. Right-sizing restaurants make both initial buildout costs and monthly rent more affordable, and updated restaurants with a vibrant new look and feel that is fresh, modern and bright is perfect for creating the memories our sandwich & grilled cheese franchise brand is known for.

How Does Tom & Chee Stand Out?

A menu focused on handcrafted comfort food and creating memories makes the rising sandwich & grilled cheese franchise stand out in the crowded QSR market. As popular as grilled cheese sandwiches are to millions of Americans, Tom & Chee stands alone in the sandwich & grilled cheese franchise industry by elevating the timeless sandwich into something entirely unique. The Takeout said it best: Grilled cheese is unconditional love in sandwich form. Grilled cheese is so beloved, it even has a national holiday – April 12 is dedicated to celebrating this sandwich each year.

While there are plenty of sub and sandwich concepts, all of which offer a similar array of products, Tom & Chee stands out as the one brand focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience with high-end, handcrafted food that is affordable, convenient and adventurous.


Multistage marketing process for new franchises includes assistance with:

  • Kickoff
  • Pre-opening
  • Online Engagement
  • Post-opening

Franchisee Testimonial

My kids were getting older, and I was tired of living out of my suitcase — and Tom & Chee was really intriguing. When the opportunity came up to become a franchise owner, I couldn’t say no. What makes us unique is our food: we started with our grilled cheese and expanded beyond that into delicious, handcrafted melts. You really can’t go wrong with our food and you can’t find what we do at any other sandwich franchise. The franchise support is fantastic. With a franchisor that’s been around for as long as our leadership has, they really have a vision for where this concept can go and the bright future that it has.
— John Gerth, owner of four Tom & Chee locations in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Tom & Chee is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Tom & Chee is also currently accepting inquiries from Canada.

Interested parties should have at least $100,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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