Kilwin's has been a celebrated part of Northern Michigan since 1947, and has earned a reputation for its quality products and excellent service. Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, our products are a pleasure to sell, and we delight in seeing our customer's enjoyment of them. Although long a Northern Michigan landmark, the company has grown throughout the country. Each shoppe shares the traditional values of quality, service and enjoyment, and are designed, equipped and trained to provide this first-rate experience.
Founded in 1947 by Don and Katy Kilwin, it is now owned by Don and Robin McCarty of Harbor Springs, Michigan. They have been the principal owners since 1995, previously having operated stores and having held key management positions. Without question, they represent the Kilwin's team culture and operating philosophy.
Under their leadership, Kilwin's expanded to a network of fifty Shoppes by 2004. We continue to support this sustained growth. Today, everyone in Kilwin's corporate system is dedicated to maintain the integrity, quality and excitement that has defined the company. We remain committed, skilled and eager to be a part of the ambitious and careful expansion planned for the future.
Product & Services
Kilwin’s is simply the best confectionery you will ever enjoy! Kilwin’s is a full-line confectionery store that also sells its original recipe ice cream.
A qualified potential franchisee must have a minimum net worth of $500,000 and cash on hand of $100,000 to $120,000. Your initial investment will be $304,470 to $695,000. Please review the Initial Investment Breakdown below. The range is based on many things, such as; square footage of space, lease rate, time of year you open, etc.
We use the following process to help us and you determine whether or not a Kilwin's Franchise is for you. Once you are approved we will proceed through the licensing process. Prior to completing the initial information form, please review our financial requirements to assure you meet the criteria.
Monthly Royalty Fee: 5% of gross sales
Advertising Fee: 1% - 4% of gross sales (detailed in UFOC)
Qualification of investor
Training & Support
- Assistance in site selection & lease negotiations
- Interior design (will require blueprints of space)
- Equipment list
- Two week training at our facility & on site