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Franchise Approval Process


An initial phone conversation is held to answer questions, confirm qualifications, and market availability.

Initial Information Packet Sent

If you indicate that you meet our requirements an initial franchise information packet is sent to you. The packet contains an overview of the Happy Joe’s franchise system, a confidential franchise application and other materials for you fill out and return.

Completed Application Returned

Application materials are completed and financial review processes begins.

Application Review

Your confidential franchise application is reviewed. If merited the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is then mailed to candidate. We offer a hard copy of the FDD. An electronic copy is not available at this time. (Acknowledgement of Receipt page must be returned before proceeding to next step).

FDD Review

Application package is reviewed and initial conversation is conducted to discuss FDD and schedule personal interviews.


Face to face meeting is arranged between Happy Joe’s and the candidate. Candidate obtains a greater understanding of the Happy Joe’s Pizza franchise philosophy and Happy Joe’s obtains a greater understanding of candidate's overall goals.

Store Visit

Candidate visits an operating Happy Joe’s restaurant, providing an opportunity to observe operating system and decor.

Development Package Complete

Candidate completes Business Plan, OAD, and provides all additional materials/information required to accurately assess his/her candidacy.

Executive Review

Candidate's development package is reviewed by Happy Joe’s executive team for approval.


Candidate is invited to Happy Joe’s Corporate Support Center to sign franchise agreement, pay franchisee fee, discuss pre-opening timeline, and make preparation for initial training.

If you are seriously interested in exploring franchise ownership with Happy Joe’s Pizza and feel your qualifications meet our standards, now is the time to begin! For questions, please call 1-563-332-8811.

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