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Are There Any Escape Room Franchises?

Franchising opportunities do exist in the escape room industry, and it’s a tough one to navigate independently.

By Justin Wick1851 Franchise Contributor
Updated 2:14PM 08/16/21

Escape room brands like PanIQ Room, Great Room Escape and Breakout have a franchise model in place.

There are multiple brands in the escape room franchising field, which creates some healthy competition that franchisees can benefit from. Franchisees can also reap the benefits from a proven business model that seeks proven results.

It is readily known that franchises give business owners a framework for success, but an escape room franchisee gets more than that. Instead of having to create their own escape clues, puzzles and room layouts, escape room franchisees follow a proven model with the freedom to create their own individual twist, making each escape room one of a kind despite being affiliated with a larger company. 

With the recent return to COVID-related restrictions in response to the spread of the Delta variant, now might not be the best time to invest in an escape room franchise, since escape rooms are group-oriented. The world isn’t as shut down as it was in 2020, but some people may still be averse to gathering in crowds like before, much less walking around in a single room for an extended period of time.

But a rapid expansion of franchised escape rooms could be in order once restrictions lift.

For more on PanIQ room, check out 1851’s article on the top 10 experiential franchises to watch in 2020.