How Do We Find the Perfect Location?

Pancheros supports new franchisees through the entire process of finding the ideal location in their communities

Pancheros is one of the most exciting franchise opportunities in the fast-casual dining industry. Since our founding in 1992, Pancheros has built a loyal following of millions of fans. How, you ask? It’s simple. In fact, simplicity is at the core of everything we do, from pressing each tortilla as it’s ordered from scratch-made dough, to high-quality, fresh ingredients mixed for the perfect bite. Our menu, operations, in-store and digital experiences are designed to focus on simplicity.

Pancheros Mexican Grill sign

That laser focus on simplicity has allowed Pancheros to grow from our humble beginnings as a college favorite in Iowa City to over 65 restaurants in more than 13 states. And we’ve brought our Burritos Better Built® to more locations this year, including the East Coast and into the Dallas, TX, market, our first venture into the Lone Star State.

One of the reasons why Pancheros continues to enter new markets with ease is because we have site selection down to a science. We know exactly what to look for in a location in order for a restaurant to thrive over the long-term.

“We work to make the entire process as easy as possible for our franchisees,” says Shannon Krauss, Director of Design and Construction with Pancheros. “We know that our franchisees signed on to operate restaurants, not construct and develop them, and then we support the franchisees as they work with contractors to build out the restaurant. The entire buildout process is about 10-12 weeks, which goes by very quickly. We make it easy on our franchisees so that they can feel the excitement about their new restaurant and not the stress.”

Here are the requirements for new Pancheros restaurants

• 2200–2400 square feet
• High visibility end-cap and freestanding locations
• 30 feet minimum frontage
• Maximum signage allowed by local code
• Patio seating
• 35 parking spaces
• Power retail centers

• 20,000 daytime population in 2 mile radius
• $65,000 median household income
• 70%+ population with some college education

• 400 amp, 208 volt three-phase electrical service pulled to two (2) panels
• One (1) ton HVAC per 150 square feet with economizers
• Sprinkler heads turned up at 15′ 0″ above the finished floor
• Gas: 950,000 BTU’s in addition to any requirements for rooftop units
• 4″ sanitary sewer line
• 2″ water line for 67.5 gallon/minute @ 45 psi
• Grease trap (if required by code to be exterior)
• High-speed, digital commercial data communications

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