Children's Orchard

  • Children's Orchard, Inc.
900 Victor's Wy., # 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • (800) 999-5437 / (734) 994-9199 x 222
  • (734) 994-9323 (Fax)

Upscale children's retail/resale stores, featuring clothing, toys, furniture, equipment, books and parenting products. We buy top-brand items from area families by appointment, and re-sell in boutique-style stores, along with top-quality new children's items from nearly 200 suppliers. These are large volume stores selling thousands of items per week.

Franchisor Background

Year Established: 1980

Franchising Since: 1985

Operating Units

Franchised Units 60 98.4%
Company-Owned Units 1 1.6%
Total Operating Units 61 100%

Geographic Distribution

USA 61 100.0% In 22 States
Canada 0 0.0% In 0 Provinces
International 0 0.0% In 0 Foreign Countries
Total 61 100%

Multi-Unit Operators

Multi-Unit Operators N/A
Franchises Owned by Multi-Unit Operators N/A

North American Unit Density

Density Units
California 18
Massachusetts 14
Michigan 6

Registered in the following Registration States

California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, Alberta

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Support and Training

General Information

IFA Member Yes
CFA Member No
Franchisee Association? Yes, is a member
Size of Corporate Staff 15
Site Selection
Lease Negotiation Assistance Yes
Financial Assistance Yes, Direct

Marketing Support

Co-Op Advertising No
National Advertising No
Regional Advertising No
Local Advertising No

Ongoing Support

Central Data Processing N/A
Central Purchasing Included
Field Operation Evaluation Included
Field Training Included
Initial Store Opening Included
Inventory Control Included
Franchisee Newsletter Included
Regional or National Meetings Included
800 Telephone Hotline Included


Training in Ann Arbor, MI 12 Days
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Financial Requirements


Minimum Net Worth $200K
Cash Investment $30-50K
Total Investment $136-212
Average Total Investment $174K


Initial Franchise Fee $22.5K
Average Franchise Fee $22K
On-Going Royalty 5%
Average Royalty 5%
Advertising Fee 1.00%

Site Information and Requirements

Average Number of Full-Time Employees 1
Average Number of Part-Time Employees 3
Space Needs (in square feet) 1,200-2,000
Preferred Site Types Storefront, Strip Center
Encourages Conversions Yes
Item 19 (Earnings Claim) Provided? No
Listed in the SBA Registry? No
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Franchisee Qualifications

Financial Net Worth 5
General Business Experience 3
Specific Industry Experience 2
Formal Education 4
Psychological Profile 2
Personal Interviews 5
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Terms of Contract

Term of Initial Contract 10
Term of Renewal Period N/A
Passive Ownership? Not Allowed
Area Development
Yes, for 1 year
Franchisees Allowed to Expand Within Territory? No
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Expansion Plans

Projected New Units Over Next 12 Months 15
USA Yes, All United States, except HI, AK
Canada No
Overseas No
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