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A Day in the Life of a Hot Dog on a Stick Franchisee

  • June 15, 2016

Everybody loves a hot dog. In 2015, Americans spent more than $2.5 billion on hot dogs in supermarkets alone. That doesn’t account for all of the delicious dogs sold at baseball, football, and basketball games; on the streets of the country’s cities; and at state and county fairs. Heck, on Independence Day alone, more than 150 million hot dogs were sold. That’s in one day. It’s enough to make you wonder: Where do hot dogs go from here? If you’re an enterprising entrepreneur, you just might want to start selling hot dogs on a stick with franchise ownership.

When it comes to franchise ownership, owning a Hot Dog on a Stick franchise makes a lot of sense. You already know that Americans are hungry for hot dogs. Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days. And hot dogs on sticks satiate cravings and are incredibly convenient.

But what’s it like to own a Hot Dog on a Stick franchise? Keep reading to for a real-world account of Hot Dog on a Stick franchise ownership.

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Franchise Ownership: The Morning

Every morning, Hot Dog on a Stick franchisees wake up knowing that the day could be delicious—literally, figuratively, and financially.

They roll out of bed knowing that there’s a good chance many of their at least 60,000 neighbors might be stopping by to enjoy a delicious dog.

They get dressed, eat, and get ready for an exciting day that typically starts at 10 a.m. (except for Sundays, when Hot Dog on a Stick franchises open at 11 a.m.).

Most roll into their restaurants a little early, just to get a jump on the day with franchise ownership.


Most Hot Dog on a Stick franchises are located in malls or lifestyle centers where many people gather. They are places people want to visit, and the atmosphere is typically full of positive energy.

After franchise owners arrive, they typically meet with their managers, go over inventory, and take a look at the books. They make sure they have all the inventory they need for the day and week: hot dogs, hand-squeezed natural lemonade, party batter, cheese and french fries. These products are the bread and butter for Hot Dog on a Stick franchise owners. Then, the owners start looking at the schedule to make sure they’ll be properly staffed for lunch and dinner rush.

They might also take a look at their email to see what messages are coming from the Hot Dog on a Stick corporate offices. Hot Dog on a Stick franchise ownership is all about corporate support.

The company has been around since 1946, so when it sends information about marketing support, events, and training, franchisees pay attention.

The Lunch Rush

Sometime around 11 a.m., it begins. People start making their way through the malls and lifestyle centers to get their hot dogs, hot dogs on sticks, French fries, cheese on a stick, and sodas.

The lines can get long as the fryer gets hot—but that’s a good thing.

Owners might run registers, supervise the kitchen staff, or oversee the entire operation. If they own two or more franchises, they might make their way from restaurant to restaurant. It’s quite the rush and it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.

After the Lunch Rush

It’s time to reorganize, go over staffing, and make sure there’s enough inventory for the dinner rush, which is only a few hours away.

That’s a day in the life of a Hot Dog on a Stick franchisee. Interested in living the life and getting connected to the community around you by investing? Contact us at Hot Dog on a Stick today to learn more.

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