How to Start a Children's Orchard Franchise

The Children’s Orchard specializes in the reselling of children’s toys, clothes and furnishings.

First opened in 1980 by former flight attendant Karen Lunch, the store has been busying and selling items for 50 to up to 80 percent less than retail.

The Children’s Orchard franchise started in 1985 with one company owned location and at least 53 US franchises. The company resells several items which is inclusive of, but not limited to children’s toys, clothing, equipment, furniture, accessories and books. The company guarantees only the best of reselling material, having over 30 years experience in the resale marketing industry. Customers can come as walk in customers to either buy or sell their products directly at the store, and payable directly in cash as well upon approval of the item they wish to sell. The Children’s Orchards had 13 employees, 3 in the franchise department and has more than 94 US franchises with one company owned and is currently seeking franchisees nationwide.

The franchise opportunity gives franchise owners thorough assistance in the site selection for their store and guidance throughout the entire leasing process, a comprehensive design and building program for their site, two weeks of initial training onsite and within the classroom. The franchise support team offers strong resale purchasing assistance inclusive of hands on evaluation items for your opening inventory. They are consistent and skilled with their guidance throughout the opening process and have dedicated public relations support managed by a professional public relations firm which is focused on serving the needs of the Children’s Orchard owners and the franchise system,

The franchise may be run from home and there is a minimum number of 3 to 6 employees necessary per franchise unit. Multiple units in the United States need not be purchased and absentee ownership is not allowed. In operations the Children’s orchard franchise has 15.6% of its franchisees owning more than one unit. The overall costs and financing include the total investment of $130,600 to $212,000, an initial franchise fee of $25,000 and the royalty fee of greater of 5 percent or $2,500 per quarter, and the term of agreement is renewable at 10 years. Financial requirement include a net worth of $250,000 and liquid capital of $50,000. It is helpful however not necessary for the applicant to have business experience of basic customer service.

Training is available at the headquarters for twelve days and at the franchise owner’s location for 3 days. The ongoing support provided is inclusive of newsletters, meetings, aid and assistance at the grand opening, the toll free phone line, internet support, field operations and evaluations, security and safety procedures and purchasing cooperatives. Marketing support includes co-op advertising, regional advertising, as slicks and other marketing support includes monthly promotions.


  • Lakhan Agarwal said on December 30, 2010
    I have a 540 sq. ft. of space on a very prime location in CHOWK LUCKNOW. I am looking for business opportunities in terms of renting my outlet or having a franchise outlet. Kindly contact for more details if interested. Regards, Lakhan Agarwal, 9415519239
  • Nikki said on December 10, 2013
    Hello, I'm interested in children orchards franchise in Nigeria. Pls get in touch with me. Thanks
  • Jeff said on October 21, 2014
    I have been exploring franchise opportunities and am interested in one's that involve children. I would love more information sent regarding the "children's orchard" in particular. Thank you.


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