Franchising with Dill Dinkers
Dill Dinkers Pickleball is a leading provider of dedicated indoor pickleball facilities in the nation. With five locations operating in the Greater Washington Area and over 125 locations in development, Dill Dinkers is spreading the joy of pickleball nationwide.
The Dill Dinkers brand is known for its fun, friendly, and welcoming environment where players of all ages and skill levels can play, socialize, and improve their skills. Each facility offers dedicated indoor courts with fences and outdoor surfaces, event space, a ball machine, and a state-of-the-art reservation system powered by Court Reserve.
Dill Dinkers offers court reservations for members and visitors. They also offer clinics, private and semi-private lessons, leagues, business advertising, and rental for private events.
Dill Dinkers Pickleball is the leading provider of dedicated indoor pickleball facilities on the east coast. With the announcement of their fifth facility, Dill Dinkers will offer 50 dedicated indoor pickleball courts in the DMV by early 2024. The Dill Dinkers brand is known for its fun, friendly, and welcoming environment where players of all ages and skill levels can play, socialize, and improve their skills. Each facility offers dedicated indoor courts with fences and outdoor surfaces, event space, a ball machine, and a state-of-the-art reservation system powered by Court Reserve. Dill Dinkers offers court reservations for members and visitors. They also offer clinics, private and semi-private lessons, leagues, business advertising, and rental for private events.
“Our vision is to spread the joy of pickleball worldwide,” said Will Richards, Co-Founder and CEO.
Will and his wife Denise co-founded Dill Dinkers after they caught the pickleball bug. “We started playing in the summer of 2021 at our local park. We loved playing, but it was impossible to play outside by late fall. By February, we were anxious to play and found an indoor facility in Pennsylvania. We arrived only to realize it was a barn that had been converted into indoor pickleball courts. There was no heat or bathrooms; all the players were bundled in their winter gear, and it was packed! It was clear there was a need for a great dedicated indoor pickleball experience, so we made a plan, and by November of 2022, we opened our first facility in Columbia, Maryland.”
And with that Dill Dinkers was born!
“Franchising is our way to share our love of pickleball with communities across the country and offer a place to play year-round,” explained Denise. “We aspire to create an atmosphere that is fun, with continuous learning, healthy competition, and lifelong friendships.”
Why Franchise with Us
Franchise with us and become a part of the pickleball revolution! As a franchise owner, you’ll have the unique opportunity to tap into the booming pickleball market, backed by our proven business model and dedicated support. Joining our franchise family means leveraging a brand that’s passionate about spreading the joy of pickleball while enjoying the benefits of a thriving and rewarding business venture. With our expertise and your dedication, together, we’ll make a big impact on the pickleball community and bring the exhilarating sport to enthusiasts across the nation. Franchise with us today and let’s make pickleball history together!
FActs About Our Franchise Program
We’re looking for pickleball enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who are passionate about the sport and eager to be at the forefront of this sporting revolution in their community. Our regional developer franchise model is designed for entrepreneurs who want to build out a territory of Dill Dinkers locations and existing multi-unit franchise operators looking to diversify their portfolio, with a fun concept in the fastest growing sport in America.
We provide a turn-key program with fully designed prototypical drawings, a learning management system to train your teams and keep them current, generous territories with a marketing playbook to build your customer base, and a pickleball concept with a streamlined customer experience and leading program offerings.
At Dill Dinkers, we believe in simplicity and player satisfaction. Our state-of-the-art court reservation system ensures a smooth and cash-free process for our players. As pickleball enthusiasts ourselves, we know exactly what players seek in a facility. That’s why we’ve curated a welcoming environment tailored to both newcomers and seasoned players, offering programs that cater to different skill levels. With a focus on safety, comfort, and fun, our facility inspires learning, healthy competition, and an active lifestyle.
For our single-club franchise you’ll need $100,000 liquid and a net worth of $500,000. For our Regional Developer franchise, you’ll need $250,000 liquid and a net worth of $1M. While we don’t offer financing, we have a vendor partner ready to work with you to support your financing needs.
As a Dill Dinkers Regional Developer, you’ll open your own “flagship” location in a protected territory. Then, after opening your first club, you can meet your development schedule by opening additional units, as well as having independent franchises open in the market. This limits the amount of capital you may need to deploy and creates an additional revenue stream as we will compensate you for any locations that open in the territory including a percentage of the ongoing sales, creating a tremendous economic platform for growth and success.
We estimate the initial investment to open a single-club Dill Dinkers franchise to be between $328,961 to $765,046 depending on the size of the location, number of courts, and the condition of the space. The initial franchise fee is $50,000 and the continuing royalty is 8% of your sales. We do not have a compulsory brand fund contribution at this time.
We estimate the initial investment to become a Regional Developer to be between $202,600 to $865,600 depending on how large your territory is and if you locate your office/training center in your flagship location or independently.
The cost to buy a region is $125,000 for 1M population. You will be eligible for compensation from us for each franchise sold in your territory equal to 35% of the initial franchise fee and 35% of the royalties generated in your territory.
We anticipate it will take between 90 and 180 days to open your Dill Dinkers Club after you sign your franchise agreement. We have successfully opened our three locations in less than 90 days from signing each lease and we will help you open as quickly as possible. This will depend on how long it takes to find a qualified location. Our national brokers will assist you at no cost to you. It will also depend on the condition of the space and whether you will need to obtain a building permit versus just remodeling the space.
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