With all franchises, there comes a time when you either have to remodel the store or make upgrades. This can come in the form of technological upgrades or a full overhaul of the restaurant.
At the some time, you can be expected to upgrade. There are many ongoing upgrades at Burger King with the current image called Burger King of Tomorrow (BKoT). At the current time, about 80% of the Burger King system has already undergone remodels. The average time between remodels according to the franchise agreement is every 10 years (half of the franchise term). A minor refresh costs between $150,000 and $250,000. A Burger King of Tomorrow can cost between $700,000 and $750,000. That said, costs can range from $137,500 for a lite refresh to up to $1,200,000 for a scrape and rebuild.
BK of Tomorrow carries some royalty and ad contribution relief when a remodel is completed.
Royalty and ad relief can be 0.75% of sales per month up to a a maximum of $10,000 on royalties and $15,000 on ad spending for up to a year.
The current POS System (SICOM) costs between $35,000 and $110,000. This is a minimum of 2 front counter POS devices, 2 drive-thru POS devices, 4 cash drawers, 3 kitchen display systems and 1 back office computer.
Updated equipment can also be a part of a store remodel.
There are 4 infrared product holding units that are integrated with touch screens networked to the POS.
The Whopper sandwich program was added in the summer of 2011. This included $2,000 retrofits to the main prep boards and adding heating elements to reduce time. A $2,000 french fry program was also rolled out that added freezers for fries. In 2011, soft serve ice cream machines were introduced into the system at a cost of $7,000 to $12,000.
The Burger King of Tomorrow includes digital menu boards, kiosks and double drive-thrus. This program costs around $150,000.
Delivery is also a hallmark of BKoT with Uber Eats partnership.