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Yogurt Escape is a leading self-serve frozen yogurt brand that was family founded by Kevin and Scott, two brothers and entrepreneurs, with the goal of indulging the inner child in all us with a wide array of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings. We offer up to 21 different non-fat and low-fat yogurt options and over 30 different toppings each day, including an original tart, a no sugar added, and a non-dairy yogurt. Classics such as vanilla, chocolate, and peanut butter are always available. Yogurt Escape gives the customer complete control.

The possibilities are endless, with a wide variety of toppings ranging from fresh fruit, granola and cereals, to all kinds of candies, sprinkles and specialty sauces such as chocolate and caramel. Once the creation is finished, customers pay by the ounce no matter what is in their cup. The perfect Escape!

Yogurt Escape has grown rapidly with the addition of four family-owned stores in San Diego over the last two years.

We want to empower you to make the yogurt your way and offer an innovative self-service design that enables you to build your own delicious creation - an escape.

We want to share our passion for great food and in an attractive environment.



  • Healthy
  • Low-fat or fat free alternative to ice cream
  • Tastes great like natural yogurt; no artificial additives
  • Tart, not-too-sweet, and natural yogurt flavor
  • Health benefits of probiotics in yogurt
  • Fresh fruit toppings and upscale retail environments
  • Diabetic and lactose-sensitive alternative to ice cream


  • Ice cream and related frozen desserts are consumed by more than 90% of households in the United States(1)
  • In 2007, total U.S. sales of ice cream and frozen desserts hit $23 billion(2)
  • $13.9 billion spent at “away from home” shops, restaurants and other retail outlets
  • $8.9 billion on consumption at home
  • Total U.S. production of ice cream and related frozen desserts in 2007 amounted to about 1.55 billion gallons(3)


  • Distinctive method for the operation
  • Intuitive consumer layout
  • Low employee intensity
  • Ability to rapidly move customers through sale process

How to become a Yogurt Escape franchisee!

After you submit your application, we will work closely with you to complete the step-by-step selection process. Here's what potential franchise owners can expect during the selection and preparation process

A. Application process ( average time to complete: 2-3 weeks) The application process will provide you a general overview of Yogurt Escape and our franchise process.

  • Submit an application by e-mail, mail or fax
  • Application review by Yogurt Escape
  • Receive Franchise Disclosure Document for review
  • Set up an interview
  • Interview / Evaluation
  • Execute contract with Yogurt Escape

B. Location / Lease process (average time to complete: 4-8 weeks)
Location! Location! Location!
You will be guided through finding a great location in your area.
Real estate assistance will be provided for all franchisees. A nationwide professional broker will work with you to evaluate sites in your market.

  • Find a location that you are interested
  • Contact a property manager or an agent
  • Receive a proposal from a landlord
  • Review the proposal and submit a counter offer
  • Execute lease

C. Construction process ( average time to complete: 12-24 weeks)
We will help you with your construction documents, including mechanical, plumbing and electric plans, as well as interior design.

  • Find a GC & Designer
  • Yogurt Escape design team assist in laying out the space
  • Submit layout drawing to landlord or management
  • Wait for approval
  • Prepare drawing
  • Review drawings & get a construction estimate from GC
  • Submit plans for health and city department (Building, electric, plumbing, health, sprinkler)
  • Wait for approval
  • Start construction/Rough inspection
  • Final inspection Process ( average time to complete: 1-2 week)
  • * Plumbing, Electrical, Building, Health

E. Training process ( average time to complete: 2 week)
Initial training at corporate headquarters will cover store operations, cost controls and labor controls. To assist in your grand opening, we will send our Yogurt Escape training team to your shop for the following training.

  • Operation training
  • Recipe training
  • Machine tuning training
  • Employee training
  • POS training

Q: What is the cost of opening a Yogurt Escape store

A: Franchise Application Fee: NONE

Estimated Build up Cost: [$X - $Y ]

(This is dependent on the site size and conditions)

The total investment required to open an Yogurt Escape frozen yogurt store varies between $210,000 and $356,500 depending on store types (kiosk, strip mall, shopping center), square footages and locations. The figures are based on historic data and include furniture, fixtures, equipment, signage, and construction cost. Depending on size and construction procedures, the cost to open may change.

Q: Do I need to submit an application?

A: Yes. We will review the application and will contact you to set up an interview.

Q: How long does it take for an application to be pre-approved?

A: The application process usually takes 1-2 weeks

Q: Do you find a location for us?

A: Yes, we provide assistance in finding a location.

Real estate assistance will be provided for all franchisees as needed. A nationwide professional broker will work with you to evaluate sites in your market. Although you have the option of selecting your own local broker if that is your preference.

Q: What type of location fits the Yogurt Escape site criteria

A: 500 – 1,250 square feet. However, smaller or larger stores are an option. Strip centers, shopping malls and down town business district locations.

Q: How long will it take to open a store?

A: Once a location is secured and the construction permit has been issued, construction will usually take 12-24 weeks.

Q: Do you provide training

A: Yes, we do provide training. You will have the choice of sending someone to one of our owned stores for training with only the cost of travel, or we will send a trainer to your location for expenses and a fee.

Q:Estimated Setup Cost


Based on 1000sq.ft. - 6 machines

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The chart above describes the estimated initial investment, whether it is a single Unit, a Unit under a Multi Unit Development Agreement, or a Territorial Development Agreement. Costs can vary depending on multiple variables.