Timeline to Open
You can expect to spend about 45-60 days with our development team completing the discovery process for becoming a Wild Birds Unlimited franchise store owner. If we determine that Wild Birds Unlimited is the right fit for you, we will invite you to sign a Franchise Agreement. We will then begin the site selection process to identify your retail location.
Please contact us to set up your introductory call with a member of our Franchise Development team. We will direct you to our online module for a comprehensive introduction to our business. At the end of the module, we will ask you to complete our short online qualification form.
During our first call, we’ll spend some time getting to know each other, talking about you and your goals for owning a Wild Birds Unlimited franchise. We will answer your questions regarding the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise opportunity and verify your initial qualifications for franchise ownership. Once qualified, you have access to the next online module.
Get to Know our Franchise Store Owners
We call this our “validation” step. At this point, you can visit our stores and make calls to existing store owners to learn more about the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise experience from an owner’s perspective. Once you have completed your validation, you will move to the third online module.
Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
The FDD, which is the legal representation of the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise opportunity, will be sent to you either electronically or by mail for you to review. In the FDD, you will find a summary of financial performance for our franchise stores as well as in-depth information about our processes and operations. We will schedule a phone call to discuss each element in the FDD, usually within 10 days of your receipt of the document.
Our business planning process includes an in-depth look at our comprehensive support services for all elements of franchise operation. We will provide you access to a sample Business Plan along with Financial Projection worksheets and detailed information about 3rd Party Financing options via our fourth online module.
Meet the Flock
Once you have submitted your Business Plan, we will schedule a call with our operations team. We will then invite you to attend our “Meet the Flock” day at the Franchise Support Center in Carmel, Indiana. You will meet the staff who will support you in your business, and you will have the opportunity to ask more detailed questions. We will mutually make the decision to move forward into signing a Franchise Reservation Agreement or a Franchise Agreement. This is an exciting day!