America's Iconic Breakfast Franchise


What Makes a Good Location?

Keys to the perfect site to start a Huddle House franchise


Huddle House is the type of restaurant that can work in many markets, and we work with all our franchisees to make sure they have the best possible scenario to do well. We have hundreds of Huddle House restaurants across the country, and are planning to open hundreds more: from major metropolitan areas like Neward, New Jersey to suburban areas outside Atlanta, GA, to small towns like Joshua, TX.

Looking to start a Huddle House franchise?

Huddle House is a flexible concept that can be adapted for most markets. Our real estate development experts have developed a list of ideal criteria:

  • Minimum population is preferably about 12,000 within a 5-mile radius in rural locations.
  • Overall trade area should be growing or stable.
  • Interstate locations, if possible, have a minimum traffic count of 24,000, with a small-town population of 7,000 -10,000 within a 3-mile area.
  • Lot size for freestanding restaurants is usually a minimum of 25,000 square feet, unless parking can be shared with adjoining lot.
  • Minimum lease space of 2,400 square feet is best for joint development in c-stores, truck stops, hotel/motels and shopping center end-cap locations.
  • Minimum of 36 parking stalls is desired.
  • Good accessibility into location is a must, and two curb cuts are preferred.
  • Preferred maximum traffic speed of 45 mph at site.
  • Average travel time to work should be 30 minutes or less.
  • Retail support — such as Wal-Mart®, Kmart®, Lowes®, Target®, etc. — ideally will be within one mile of site.
  • Proximity to 24-hour retail/wholesale/warehouse/manufacturing may enhance 24-hour operations. • Ideal household income is between $32,000 and $75,000 per year.
  • Unemployment rate is optimally less than 10%.

Remodel, repurpose

start a Huddle House franchise from scratch or remodel an older location

In addition to the limitless possibilities when it comes to opening new restaurants, Huddle House also offers opportunities to purchase and remodel existing franchise or company restaurants in various markets. For more information on these resale/remodel opportunities, please contact Cassidy Ford, Franchise Development Manager at 254-644-1503 or by email at


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