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Franchise Deep Dive: The Grounds Guys' Franchise Costs, Fees, Profit and Data

Founded as Sunshine Grounds Care, The Grounds Guys was started by 10 brothers with a single shared vision.

By Savannah BilboStaff Writer
11:11AM 05/22/23

LAST UPDATED: March 21, 2023
REPORTED COST TO GET IN: $82,820-$202,470
REPORTED ROI (Item 19): $48,096-$3,359,220

The Grounds Guys originally started in 1987 as Sunshine Grounds Care. The Grounds Guys was acquired by Neighborly in 2010 and started franchising. From there, the company has grown better and stronger.  The Grounds Guys' values are C.A.R.E., which stands for, Customers first, Attitude, Respect and Enjoy life in the process! 

How Many The Grounds Guys Locations Are There?

There are over 180 The Grounds Guys locations. According to the 2022 Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), the landscaping franchise went from 183 units to 195 by the end of the year. 

What Is The Grounds Guys’ Business Model?

The Grounds Guys has an executive ownership structure. The franchisee's role is to lead your team of lawn care professionals and build client relationships. 

How Much Can The Grounds Guys’ Franchise Owners Make?

The Grounds Guys franchise owners can earn from $48,096–$3,359,220. These numbers are based on 69 franchised locations in 2021 that had been operating for at least three years. In 2021, for 57 franchised locations that operated for three or less years, franchisees earned $18,377–$1,545,228. 

How Much Does It Cost to Open a The Grounds Guys?

The initial investment fee is $82,820–$202,470. The breakdown of the fees is as reported by Entrepreneur but also can be found in the FDD. 

Initial Franchise Fee: $35,000
Initial Investment: $82,820–$202,470
Cash Requirement: $50,000
Veteran Incentives: 15% off minimum franchise fee
Royalty Fee: 5–6%
Ad Royalty Fee: 2%
Term of Agreement: 10 years
Is franchise term renewable?: Yes

Who Is the Leadership of The Grounds Guys?

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