The Authentic Mexican Franchise

What Are My Startup Costs?

With a low initial investment and an experienced business model, TacoTime is your opportunity to bring a premier Mexican QSR franchise to your community

TacoTime® is a low-cost investment opportunity with high potential returns; the initial TacoTime franchise cost estimate is between $200,150 and $819,050. A beloved part of hundreds of communities in the United States and Canada for nearly 60 years, TacoTime is poised to become the premier Mexican QSR franchise as it ramps up for national expansion. The franchise fee for your first traditional TacoTime franchise is $30,000, and the franchise fee for multiple units may be discounted if certain criteria are met.

Your total initial investment depends primarily upon the number of restaurants you build, their size, their configuration, their location, who develops the real estate for and/or constructs them, and the amount and terms of financing. For a much more detailed look at the costs and fees of the TacoTime Mexican food franchise opportunity, please review the tables below:

Traditional TacoTime Restaurant
(conversion of a free-standing restaurant)

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To whom Payment is to be Made
Initial Franchise Fee $14,000 to $30,000* Lump Sum At Signing of Franchise Agreement Us
Lease Review Fee $0 to $1,250 Lump Sum At Signing of Franchise Agreement Us
Rent/ Security Deposit (for 3 months)* $6,000 to $30,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Landlord(s)
Travel and Living Expenses (2 persons) while training, not including salaries, if any, for you and your employees $3,000 to $7,500 As Incurred During Training Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, etc.
Real Estate * * * *
Architectural Fees* $5,000 to $10,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Designated and Approved Architect
Leasehold Improvements $240,000 to $360,000* As Incurred Prior to Opening Contractors and Approved Vendors*
Restaurant Equipment, Furniture, Small Wares, Interior Signage and Manu Panels* $75,000 to $250,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Vendors and Suppliers
Exterior Signage $15,000 to $30,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Vendors and Suppliers
Computer Hardware, Software (POS System) $15,000 to $25,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
PCI Compliance Costs $150 to $1,300 As billed by third party vendor As billed by third party vendor Approved Vendor
Opening Inventory (food and paper)* $4,000 to $10,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
Business Insurance* $3,000 to $12,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Insurance Company/ Agent
Miscellaneous Opening Costs* $8,000 to $19,000 As Incurred As Incurred Approved Suppliers, Utilities, etc.
Grand Opening $5,000 to $10,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Suppliers*
Depository Account* $3,000 Lump Sum; Must be replenished on a regular basis At signing of Franchise Agreement Your bank (We have the right to withdraw from this account)
Additional Funds – 3 month initial period $5,000 to $20,000* As Incurred As Incurred Us, Employees, Various Third Parties
TOTAL* $401,150 to $819,050 (Does not include real estate costs, construction of the building, or rent for the business location except for the initial security deposit.)

Traditional TacoTime Restaurant
(located within a Shopping Mall, Strip Center or Similar Venue)

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To whom Payment is to be Made
Initial Franchise Fee $14,000 to $30,000* Lump Sum At Signing of Franchise Agreement Us
Lease Review Fee $0 to $1,250 Lump Sum At Signing of Franchise Agreement Us
Rent/ Security Deposit (for 3 months)* $6,000 to $30,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Landlord(s)
Travel and Living Expenses (2 persons) while training, not including salaries, if any, for you and your employees $3,000 to $7,500 As Incurred During Training Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, etc.
Real Estate * * * *
Architectural Fees* $5,000 to $10,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Designated and Approved Architect
Leasehold Improvements $80,000 to $270,000* As Incurred Prior to Opening Contractors and Approved Vendors*
Restaurant Equipment, Furniture, Small Wares, Interior Signage and Menu Panels* $50,000 to $150,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Vendors and Suppliers
Exterior Signage $8,000 to $12,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Sign Company
Computer Hardware, Software (POS System) $6,000 to $25,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
PCI Compliance Costs $150 to $1,300 As billed by third party vendor As billed by third party vendor Approved Vendor
Opening Inventory (food and paper)* $4,000 to $10,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
Business Insurance* $3,000 to $7,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Insurance Company/ Agent
Miscellaneous Opening Costs* $8,000 to $19,000 As Incurred As Incurred Approved Suppliers, Utilities, etc.
Grand Opening $5,000 to $10,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Suppliers*
Depository Account* $3,000 Lump Sum; Must be replenished on a regular basis At signing of Franchise Agreement Your bank (We have the right to withdraw from this account)
Additional Funds – 3 month initial period $5,000 to $20,000* As Incurred As Incurred Us, Employees, Various Third Parties
TOTAL* $200,150 to $606,050 (Does not include real estate costs, construction of the building, or rent for the business location except for the initial security deposit.)

Non-Traditional TacoTime Restaurant

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To whom Payment is to be Made
Initial Franchise Fee $5,600 to $9,500 Lump Sum At Signing of Franchise Agreement Us
Lease Review Fee $0 to $1,250 Lump Sum At Signing of Franchise Agreement Us
Rent/ Security Deposit (for 3 months)* $6,000 to $30,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Landlord(s)
Travel and Living Expenses (2 persons) while training, not including salaries, if any, for you and your employees $3,000 to $7,500 As Incurred During Training Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, etc.
Real Estate * * * *
Architectural Fees* $5,000 to $10,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Designated and Approved Architect
Leasehold Improvements $40,000 to $150,000* As Incurred Prior to Opening Contractors and Approved Vendors*
Restaurant Equipment, Furniture, Small Wares, Interior Signage and Menu Panels* $50,000 to $125,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Vendors and Suppliers
Exterior Signage $5,000 to $12,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Sign Company
Computer Hardware, Software (POS System) $6,000 to $25,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
PCI Compliance Costs $150 to $1,300 As billed by third party vendor As billed by third party vendor Approved Vendor
Opening Inventory (food and paper)* $2,500 to $7,000 As Incurred Prior to Opening Approved Suppliers
Business Insurance* $1,000 to $5,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Insurance Company/ Agent
Miscellaneous Opening Costs* $8,000 to $19,000 As Incurred As Incurred Approved Suppliers, Utilities, etc.
Grand Opening $2,000 to $6,000 Lump Sum Prior to Opening Suppliers*
Depository Account* $3,000 Lump Sum; Must be replenished on a regular basis At signing of Franchise Agreement Your bank (We have the right to withdraw from this account)
Additional Funds – 3 month initial period $5,000 to $20,000* As Incurred As Incurred Us, Employees, Various Third Parties
TOTAL (note 12) $142,250 to $431,550 (Does not include real estate costs, construction of the building, or rent for the business location except for the initial security deposit.)

To learn more about your specific startup costs, financing options and the timeline to open a TacoTime franchise, fill out the form on this page or give us a call to start a conversation about ownership!

* as referenced in the Franchise Disclosure Document

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