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My Salon Suite Franchise: Can Profits Justify a $1.2M Cost?

My Salon Suite is another franchise that has expanded massively recently: from 39 locations in 2018 it now has 212 suites in the US today (2022). But if you’re considering buying a salon franchise, growth and locations aren’t the only factors you should look at.

Actually we don’t really see a good reason why you should go ahead and invest in a My Salon Suites franchise.

Indeed, with (only) $404,000 revenue per year per suite, it seems difficult to justify the initial investment of $1,248,000 you would have to fund (from banks and/or investors).

In this article we are looking at My Salon Suites and its latest Franchise Disclosure Document to find out how much it really costs and how profitable it really is. Let’s find out!

Key stats

Franchise fee$50,000
Royalty fee5.5%
Marketing fee2.0%
Investment (mid-point)$1,248,000
Revenue per unit$404,000
Revenue per sq. ft.$74
Sales to investment ratio0.3x
Payback period*21 years
Minimum net worth$1,500,000
Minimum liquid capital$500,000
* using 12-15% net profit margin
My Salon Suite business plan

My Salon Suite Franchise Business Plan

All the stats: startup costs, profits, breakeven, etc.

5-year financial projections built with the FDD

Excellent 4.8/5 based on 70 reviews

Excellent 4.8/5 based on 70 reviews

What is My Salon Suite?

My Salon Suite is an American chain of franchised turnkey salon suite studios headquartered in Carrollton, Texas.

It was founded by Ken and Alanna McAllister in 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a single business.

Its franchises offer beauty professionals salon suites with fully furnished amenities in a luxurious environment, providing health and beauty services.

My salon suite began franchising in 2012 and currently, it has more than 243 company-owned and franchised locations, with 212 of them in the US.

My Salon Suite franchises pros and cons

The Pros:

  • Extensive training: The brand offers its franchisees in-depth online and classroom training to prepare for establishing a successful franchise. It trains them about its business concept, best operations and sales tracking. In addition, it helps them launch their suites.
  • Freedom: The franchise gives franchisees a semi-absentee ownership opportunity. Since it’s a property management rental concept, franchisees can keep their day jobs and operate their suites through the use of online technology. Additionally, franchisees can design their schedules, set their prices and sell their products.
  • Territory protection: As long as the franchisees comply with the franchise agreement, the franchisor grants them the right to operate its salons in a protected area. It does not authorize other franchises or affiliated brands to operate in the designated area.
  • Third-party financing: The brand offers its franchisees funding through in-house loans and third-party lenders. Franchisees are financed for the franchise fee, start fees, equipment and inventory for qualifying franchisees.
  • Convenience and privacy: The brand’s concept gives stylists and clients 24/7 access to their suites, granting them convenience. In addition, the suites are private and offer maximum security, which appeals to a wider audience. Franchisees can stand out and increase their earning potential.
  • Marketing strategies: The brand employs robust marketing and advertising strategies to help franchisees attract top beauty stylists to their locations and maintain high occupancy of their suites. These include national and local promotional campaigns, implementing calendar marketing plans and providing member benefits and support programs for all tenants.
  • Site selection and construction: The franchisor helps franchisees identify a suitable location for their salons. Also, they provide them with real estate experts to help them with the design and build out of their salon and lease negotiations.

The cons

  • Not a home-based business: The business does not present a home- or mobile-unit-based franchise. It requires franchisees to operate from fixed office space, a retail facility, or a warehouse.
  • No global presence: Despite its vibrant growth, the brand does not have many locations outside the US. It may be less appealing to sell franchises in other locations.
  • Competition: The brand faces stiff competition in the industry from Phenix Salon Suites and Sola Salon Studios.

How much does a My Salon Suite franchise cost?

On average, you may need to invest around $1,248,00 to open a My Salon Suite franchise.

This amount is much higher compared to other salon franchises in general ($450,000). We’ll talk about the implications when we discuss profits later on.

Of course, the investment amount is an average that depends on factors like the salon’s location, size, etc. Yet generally the investment ranges between $686,000 and $1,810,000.

My Salon Suite startup costs

The investment covers all the startup costs you may need to start a salon. In addition to an initial franchise fee of $50,000, the investment also covers:

  • Formation Costs: travel and living expenses, improvements, design, equipment, furniture, signage, permits, business licenses, professional fees, etc.
  • Initial Marketing: marketing costs for first 3 months, gift cards fee
  • Operating Costs: operating supplies, insurance, utility deposits, payroll, working capital for first 3 months, etc.
Type of ExpenditureLowHigh
Initial Franchise Fee$50,000$50,000
Formation Costs$619,271$1,683,913
Initial Marketing$10,000$10,000
Operating Costs$6,900$66,000
Source: Franchise Disclosure Document 2022
My Salon Suite business plan

My Salon Suite Franchise Business Plan

All the stats: startup costs, profits, breakeven, etc.

5-year financial projections built with the FDD

Excellent 4.8/5 based on 70 reviews

Excellent 4.8/5 based on 70 reviews

What is the revenue of a My Salon Suite?

On average, a My Salon Suite franchise generates $404,000 in revenue per year. This is the median annual revenue of 146 franchised salons operating in 2021.

That’s also $74 revenue per square foot on average (the average salon measures 5,400 square feet).

How profitable is a My Salon Suite franchise?

Surprisingly, the franchisor provides a simplified profit and loss for its franchised suites in its FDD, yet excludes any staff costs. This explains why My Salon Suite discloses a EBITDA margin of 43% on average for its franchises..!

This is a great example of a Franchise Disclosure Document where you must read between the lines.

Now, factoring staff costs (which we assume at 30% of revenues in this case, see below), we estimate that a My Salon Suite makes about $55,304 in profits per year.

That’s 14% profit margin (EBITDA margin) unlike the 43% presented by the franchisor, more realistic yet less impressive.

Unfortunately, My Salon Suite isn’t the most profitable franchise. Compared to similar salon franchises that have EBITDA margins of about 25%, My Salon Suite has a 14% profit margin instead.

Profit and lossAmount% revenueSource
Revenue*$403,926100%as per FDD
Rent$(127,641)31.6%as per FDD
Royalty fee$(22,216)5.5%as per FDD
Staff costs$(120,000)*30%assumption*
Other operating costs$(78,766)19.5%as per FDD
* assuming 4 full time employees at $30,000 p.a. on average (including management)

Should you invest in a My Salon Suite?

In addition to lower than average profit margins, unfortunately we don’t think My Salon Suite is the best franchise investment out there.

This is due to a simple reason: the profits aren’t high enough to repay the hefty investment cost of $1,248,000 you would have to fund as the franchisee (via a loan or investors).

Indeed, we found My Salon Suite franchises have a 20 years payback on average, that’s a very long time before you can repay all creditors, investors and finally the reap the profits of your salon.

That being said, also keep in mind that this is based on estimates and the average performance of the franchises as disclosed in the Franchise Disclosure Document. Your suite may perform better (or worse) than what is presented in this article.

My Salon Suite business plan

My Salon Suite Franchise Business Plan

All the stats: startup costs, profits, breakeven, etc.

5-year financial projections built with the FDD

Excellent 4.8/5 based on 70 reviews

Excellent 4.8/5 based on 70 reviews

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