South Africa’s fast food industry has been experiencing growth in revenue from year to year. A fast food restaurant business is a very profitable business venture to start in South Africa. The demand of restaurant foods in South Africa is very high. The increased urbanisation and disposable incomes is leading to increased demand for restaurant foods. Increasing numbers of South Africans want to dine out or take prepared food home. Fast food restaurants are built on three main values: taste, consistency and convenience. Taste alone encompasses other elements i.e. freshness and quality. Consistency is the most important value because that’s how you ultimately gain the trust of your customers. This article will outline how to start a fast food restaurant business in South Africa, and the fast food restaurant business plan – PDF, Word and Excel.

Market Research

The restaurant industry in South Africa is highly competitive, thus its important that you carry out proper market research before starting the business. If you can find someone who is operating or once operated a fast food restaurant business, that can be very advantageous. Find out what works, what doesn’t, and get advice from those who are already in the restaurant industry. Try to find out why some restaurants fail.

Be specific about the target market and niche you are going to provide your products to. You can never capture the whole market as people have different wants. What is the specific segment of the restaurant industry which you are going into? Who are your targeted customers?  What products are you going to offer? What is the competition in your proposed location? What is the demand for your products in your proposed location? How are you going to price your products and how sensitive is the demand to your prices? A proper market research will increase the chances of your success in this business.

Location & premises

This is an important decision to make before you start a restaurant business. It’s important that you locate your restaurant close to your target market. Consider the amount of road traffic, find an easy accessible location where people can stop and quickly get food. There are several possible locations, including shopping centres, malls and the CBD. In the fast food restaurant business you don’t have to overly concern yourself with trying to find a location that’s not too close to your competition. It’s common to see four or more fast-food restaurants operating close to each other or operating in the same shopping complex. As long as you keep serving food that people want to eat and you have done your market research, being close to your competition shouldn’t be a problem. The more options available for the customers, the better.

There isn’t really a standardised size for fast food restaurants, some restaurants still manage to operate smoothly in small spaces and small kitchens.  In general, they are economical when it comes to space. The size of the premises you require will depend on the kind of restaurant business you are operating. A take-away fast food restaurant will require less space than a sit-in restaurant. If you don’t have your own premises, you will have to rent.  Consider walking around your targeted location to see if there are any obvious empty properties that may be suitable for your fast food restaurant business. Your fast food restaurant business plan should cater for the costs of renting or buying premises.

Equipment for fast food restaurant business

You need various equipment for your fast food restaurant business. The equipment you will need for a restaurant/fast food outlet will largely be contingent upon the type of restaurant you want to start, and the products you want to offer. The equipment needed includes refrigerators and freezers, ovens, stoves, cookers, food preparation counters, slicers, mixers, shelving, pots, pans, various cookware, tableware, cutlery etc. Buying the kitchen equipment and fitting out your restaurant will probably be your biggest expense when starting up a restaurant. You may consider buying second hand equipment in-order to lower the startup costs. Your restaurant business plan should cater for the costs of purchasing equipment.

Products/Menu

All the comfort food you can think of is sold at fast food outlets. Ranging from combo meals, single meals, family meals, kids meals etc. Fast food restaurants normally specialise in certain foods opposed to selling everything that’s available on the fast food market. The important thing is to provide a variety of products for customers to choose from, which are healthy, well prepared, delicious, affordable and attractive. Your menu will depend on your target market. It is of great importance to consider the profit margins of your products, as this is a business and it has to be profitable.

Examples of foods you can sell:

  • Burgers, Sandwich, Rolls
  • Pizza
  • Meat Dishes (Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Mutton, Sausages, Fish etc)
  • Rice and Pasta Dishes
  • Baked goods, bread, toasts
  • Tea, Coffee , Alcoholic drinks
  • Pap
  • Chips
  • Chicken meals
  • Traditional Dishes
  • Ribs
  • Amagwinya
  • Bunny chow
  • Soft Drinks, Juices, Milkshakes, Icecreams, Yorghuts

Burgers are popular with many fast-food restaurants. As a result, you might conclude that the market is too saturated and you don’t want to invest in it. If that’s where your passion you should go ahead with it! Taste and many other factors can set you apart from the rest!

Restaurant Business Plan

Chips & Chicken

Staff & management

The day-to-day operation of the fast foods restaurant business involves:

  • Operating the cash register
  • Preparing the food
  • Managing the staff
  • Keeping premises clean at all times
  • Cash flow management
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Customer service

It’s part of the culture of fast food restaurants to have the manager present at all times to attend to client complaints and to ensure that the business run smoothly. If you want your restaurant to operate independently without you having to pop in everyday, you can hire an experienced person to manage your business. Depending on the type of menu you serve you can hire a chef who will oversee the food preparation process. This will ensure that there is more consistency in quality and taste. The number of required staff will vary depending on the size of your restaurant business. Required staff include cooks, waiters, cashiers, logistics personnel, and management. Your restaurant business plan should cater for the salaries of your employees.

PRE-WRITTEN FAST FOOD RESTAURANT BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL): COMPREHENSIVE VERSION, SHORT FUNDING/BANK LOAN VERSION AND AUTOMATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For an in-depth analysis of the fast food restaurant business in South Africa, purchase our fast food restaurant business plan. We decided to introduce the business plans after noting that many South Africans were venturing into the restaurant business without a full understanding of the industry, market, how to run the business, the risks involved, profitability of the business and the costs involved, leading to a high failure rate of their businesses.

Our business plan will make it easier for you to launch and run a restaurant business successfully, fully knowing what you are going into, and what’s needed to succeed in the business. It will be easier to plan and budget as the fast food outlet business plan will lay out all the costs involved in setting up and running the restaurant business. The business plan is designed specifically for the South African market.

USES OF THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL)

The fast food restaurant business plan can be used for many purposes including:

  • Raising capital from investors/friends/relatives
  • Applying for a bank loan
  • Start-up guide to launch your restaurant business
  • As a fast food restaurant project proposal
  • Assessing profitability of the fast foods outlet business
  • Finding a business partner
  • Assessing the initial start-up costs so that you know how much to save
  • Manual for current business owners to help in business and strategy formulation

CONTENTS OF THE FAST FOOD RESTAURANT BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL)

The business plan includes, but not limited to:

  • Market Analysis
  • Industry Analysis
  • 5 Year Automated Financial Statements [ Income statements, cash flow statements, balance sheets, monthly cash flow projections (3 years monthly cash flow projections, the remaining two years annually),break even analysis, payback period analysis, start-up costs, financial graphs, revenue and expenses, Bank Loan Amortisation]
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Risk Analysis
  • SWOT & PEST Analysis
  • Operational Requirements (e.g. equipment required e.t.c.)
  • Operational Strategy
  • Why some South Africans in the fast foods business fail, so that you can avoid their mistakes
  • Ways to raise capital to start your fast food restaurant business in South Africa
  • Directory (Contact details of restaurant equipment suppliers)

The Fast Food Restaurant Business Plan package consist of 4 files

  1. Fast Food Restaurant Business Plan – PDF file (Comprehensive – 89 pages)
  2. Fast Food Restaurant Business Plan – Editable Word File (Comprehensive – 89 pages)
  3. Fast Food Restaurant Business Plan Funding Version – Editable Word File (Short version for applying for a loan – 45 pages)
  4. Fast Food Restaurant Business Plan Automated Financial Statements – (Editable Excel file)

The financial statements are automated. This implies that you can change eg the markup, salaries etc, and all the other financial statements will automatically adjust to reflect the change. 

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