i stumbled on this post doing some other research, and though it is probably pretty much dead i have to put my 2 cents in here. i am in the deli biz, but am not a Subway or Quiz owner. in fact i am an indie, own more than one location, but that is not important.
everyone of the questions here has to do with what one can make? or how much does X franchise make?
if you get in this biz you will here: your food cost should be x%, labor x%, have to pay x% in royalty/marketing and so on. while these percentages are important, and they REALLY ARE IMPORTANT, they are not the key. i have friend that has a pizza franchise and he is always complaining about his food cost. my response is always, "do you want 30% food cost or net $1mil a year?" and the yahoo always responds i need that 30% food cost.
its not about % its about $. and the questions in the post are about $, but believe it or not you have to use % to get there.
Let's use the $5 sub mentioned a while back. Ok $5 a sub. Here is what you need to consider. 30% for food, 13% for rent, 5% for utilities/insurance, 2% misc expense, 16% employees, 10% taxes (maybe a little much)...that leaves 24%. so of that $5 sub you have $1.20. This is the high number, cut it in half for the low number ($.60)
now what do you want to make a year. lets take a stab at $50k. Thats not much, but in this economy some people would kill for it. so with a little math that is roughly 83,334 total sales or 229 per day...
can you get 229 people in a day. say you are open 10to10, how about 19 an hour.
this is how you need to think about the biz. its not the gross number, or the net number. it is taking your average ticket and putting butts through the door.
but i think like an indie, and if you are looking at a franchise you have to add in the royalty and marketing.
this is business...not money trees.