If you have R700,000 you can buy a grilled chicken franchise in a container, just add land

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GaliPods: what you get
Staff and land not included. (Photo courtesy of Galito's)
  • Flame-grilled chicken chain Galito's now has 18 "GaliPods" operational in Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
  • It says the fully-fitted franchise-in-a-container comes in at around R700,000, and it is seeing turnover of between R150,000 and R300,000 per month.
  • If one location doesn't work out, the franchise can be relocated without too much trouble.
  • All you need to add is land to put it on, and around six staff members.
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In 2016, flame-grilled chicken chain Galito's launched a self-contained version of its franchise in a shipping container. 18 of these are now operational in Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

These GaliPods, it says, typically see monthly turnover starting at around R150,000 and going up to around R300,000. That is considerably lower than the around R500,000 in monthly sales it sees from traditional stores, but there is one big advantage: if a location doesn't work out, you can pack up your business and go.

That is what Limpopo GaliPod owner Khutsi Debeila did. The relocation and a total revamp cost her R250,000, or about 7% of her annual turnover. She expects to have fully repaid the cost within a year.

GaliPod and owner.
Khutsi Debeila in front of her GaliPod in Apel, Limpopo. (Photo courtesy of Galito's)

The pods are intended for high-traffic areas where there are no malls or similar spaces to easily set up bricks-and-mortar store. Sites close to taxi ranks, bus stops, and fuel stations work well, as do parking lots at malls.

As long as you can throw down a concrete slab, it can go pretty much anywhere, the company says. Owners can lease a portion of land for that use a pod to monetise family-owned land in the right spot.

The GaliPod, outside
(Photo courtesy of Galito's)

The pod requires power and water, and a shaded area (with or without seating) for customers is a plus.

Fittings include a compact kitchen, complete with lighting, extraction fan, and reach-in fridge, a point-of-sale system, a security-screened serving counter, drinks fridge, and soft-serve ice cream machine.

Each pod comes in at around R700,000 when fully fitted. If things don't work out, says Galito's, it will buy back a pod for use elsewhere.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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