Support and Training
We can cater our bubble tea series to your events such as weddings, birthdays, company parties, game parties, or family events.
Franchising: How It Works
Gong cha makes franchising easy! The following steps outline the franchise process and how YOU can become part of the Gong cha.
This isn't a side hustle. We're looking for owners who are prepared to roll up their sleeves. If you aren't ready to be in your area and in your store for an extended amount of time-this might not be for you.
Minimum Available Cash to Invest of $175,000.
Introduction to Gong cha
An overview of the Gong cha Franchise Opportunity including expectations, available locations, costs & items, and reception of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). You can then review the FDD and take the steps to prepare for the interview in Phase 2. This is also when you will select your territory.
This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and make sure we are both a great fit for each other. In addition, to better understand your operation plan.
Proposing a Location
You’ll submit a location within your selected territory for approval.
Completing the Purchase
After your location is approved, you’ll then sign the Franchise Agreement and pay the franchise fee and other initial fees.
All necessary training and orientation then take place to prepare you for opening your cafe. You will receive all of the support you need to ensure that when your doors open, you are fully prepared to operate your store in the Gong cha way.
The physical construction and build out of your Gong cha location begin, including obtaining any necessary permits.
Finally, your Grand Opening day arrives! Your cafe will now be fully operational and open to all bubble tea lovers, everywhere!
Thank You for Your Interest in Gong cha Franchising.
Please Complete the Form Below in Order to Be Considered for A Franchise.
FAQs for Franchisees
What are the territories available?
Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are currently open for development. Please fill out the application to apply. If you would like to apply for an area not listed please visit https://www.gong-cha.com/web/franchising/list
Where can I receive the following information?
The above information is available in our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). After you submit your application, a company representative will contact you.
Where will the training be held? Who should attend the training?
Before opening your first store, you and a designated store manager must attend the training program in East Lansing, Michigan which will take about 10 days.
What does it cost to buy an existing Gong cha store from a franchisee?
The agreement to buy an existing store is made between the buyer and seller. Costs vary on a case-by-case basis.
What is the profitability of the business?
There are many factors that can influence the result including: sales, location, financing terms, and ability to manage the business. For these reasons, we do not predict profitability for any store.
May I qualify financially with other partners?
A single applicant must personally meet the financial qualifications. However, if a partnership or corporation is formed, we will consider the overall financial strength of the business partnership or corporation.
What happens after I submit my online application?
Our representative will contact you via email or phone for further discussion.
What is the start-up cost for a new Gong cha store?
The estimated initial investment for a new store can range from $147,430 – $335,400 per unit.
How long is the entire process of becoming a Gong cha franchisee?
The process includes applicants’ pre-approval (credit check), business plan review, location review, fully executed franchise agreement, training, construction, and grand opening. On average, it takes approximately 30 days to approve an applicant. The length of time between signing the Franchise Agreement and opening a store is about 4 to 8 months.
Is it still possible to be approved as a new franchisee if I do not have direct experience before?
Experience of food/beverage is preferred, but not necessary.
Can I buy Gong cha ingredients and provide Gong cha products in my existing restaurant?
No, our ingredients can only be used in Gong Cha stores.
What separates Gong cha between its competitors?
Gong cha is known as the best bubble tea franchise in the world. With over 1,900 locations worldwide, we have a strong national and international brand presence.
Is financing available?
We do not provide financing but franchisees can use their own resources. We are approved by the SBA and on the SBA Franchise Directory.
Disclaimer: Information made available through this website regarding the Gong cha franchise opportunity is for general information only and is not intended to be a franchise offer. Offers are made only after delivery of an effective Franchise Disclosure Document in compliance with applicable federal and state laws. None of the communications made through this website should be construed as an offer to sell any Gong cha franchises in, nor is any such communication directed to the residents of, any jurisdiction requiring registration of the franchise before it is offered and sold in that jurisdiction. No Gong cha franchises will be sold to any resident of such jurisdiction until the offering has been exempted from the requirements of, or duly registered in and declared effective by, such jurisdiction and the required Franchise Disclosure Document has been delivered to the prospective franchisee before the sale in compliance with applicable law.
Pre-Disclosure: Assuming you qualify as a Gong cha prospective franchisee, we may provide you with a Franchise Disclosure Document in electronic format. The Franchise Disclosure Document will be provided in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. You must use the Adobe Acrobat program in order to open and view this type of electronic file.