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Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? If so, then this opportunity is for YOU!

We envision Ground Zero Tactical Laser Tag Family Entertainment Centers in cities across the United States. If you are a business-minded individual who wants an entrepreneurial opportunity to contribute a new exciting service to your community take a close look at Ground Zero. Learn more about the costs, benefits, and available locations today! 


The Indoor Amusement Sector is Growing

You might be surprised to learn that indoor amusement parks like Ground Zero are growing in popularity. More and more frequently, families are opting to spend their time and money at indoor venues like ours rather than at outdoor amusement parks. This growth is driven by a few key factors. For one thing, the popularity of arcades hasn’t slowed down. The allure of new video games to enjoy is a draw to children and parents alike. Furthermore, as middle-class growth stagnates, many families are unable to pay the high admission costs required in many larger outdoor amusement parks. Finally, families love knowing that inclement weather won’t affect their day at indoor amusement franchises like ours. These are just a few reasons why the indoor amusement sector of the industry is growing.

A Great Venue for Any Occasion

Another reason that indoor amusement franchises like ours enjoy continued popularity is the versatility of our locations. Unlike a trip to a large outdoor park (which can be costly and requires extensive planning), families can drop into a Ground Zero on a whim. We’re there to provide them with a casual and relaxed experience that doesn’t break the bank. This makes us a perfect option for families who are looking for something fun to do on a slow weekend.

Of course, Ground Zero indoor amusement franchise owners also benefit from planned gatherings like birthday parties. With dedicated event space, state-of-the-art Tactical Laser Tag, Shuriken throwing, arcades, and Virtual Reality, our Family Fun Center is perfectly equipped to handle parties of all sorts.

Franchising is the Future

Franchising is becoming an incredibly attractive option to new investors for a number of reasons. Opening an indoor amusement center on your own might seem like a viable option, but few realize how difficult this undertaking can be. Between finding great vendors, scouting the perfect location, deciding on the best build out, and developing a business model, there are many points at which entrepreneurs can make poor decisions that can end up costing a lot in the long run.

Franchising is an exciting alternative to going it alone. For instance, Ground Zero helps our franchisees through every step of the process, from the initial investment to grand opening. We’re there to give you insight into the most effective operations, as well as to support you as you work towards your grand opening. With our help, you can avoid many of the potential pitfalls that often ensnare new investors, not to mention the incredible amount of waste of time with trial and error. Opening a hi-tech place like Ground Zero can be taxing on the sole. If you don't have multiple degrees as well as experience in electronics as well as programming, it can be overwhelming or costly. Not to mention the fact there are no contractors that have the knowledge to help with this type of venture.

These are just a few reasons why now is a great time to invest in an indoor amusement franchise with Ground Zero! Contact us today to learn more about what it takes to become a franchisee.

Dependable Support

for Your Entertainment Center Franchise

Ground Zero is committed to guiding franchise owners before, during, and after the launch of their businesses.

You'll never be on your own. Resources that will be available to you as you start up and grow your entertainment center franchise include:

  • Complete pre-opening training programs

  • Advice on site selection, equipment, construction & build-out

  • Established vendor relationships & approved technology tools / POS system

  • Our confidential operations help to guide your day-to-day business functions

  • Professional marketing guidance, materials & brand presence

  • Ongoing assistance, including field visits, refresher training & remote support

We’ve achieved success, and we want our franchise owners to be successful in their ventures, too. We’ll guide you every step of the way and continue to provide resources as you grow.

Do You Have What It Takes

to be Part of the Ground Zero Team?

The right candidates to join our program will have strong sales and customer relations skills, a solid history of business management or ownership, and a dedication to their local communities.

Do you have your own memories of growing up at the local indoor family fun center, skating rink, go kart track, etc and have always thought it would be fun to run one of your own?

With the capital requirements and the motivation to do something great for your local area, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to build your future -- in a fun and exciting way!

Whether you plan to be actively involved in daily operations, bring on investor partners, operate the business with your spouse, or hire a manger to be on-site, we look for people who will be committed to ensuring quality operations, hiring qualified staff, and providing superior customer service.

To be part of the Ground Zero franchise system, you should enjoy working with people, especially children and teens. We want you to take pride in your center and be personally connected to the business. In exchange, you’ll be able to make a personal connection to your local community.

This is a casual but high-energy business, perfect for professionals looking for a fun way to add some fun to their current career paths and build their business and investment portfolios.

What Is the Difference Between a Franchisee and Franchisor?

While a franchisor is an established entrepreneur with a licensed business model, a franchisee is a person or corporation that owns and operates the business using the business model licensed by the franchisor.

Franchising describes the business relationship between the franchisor and franchisee. When opening a franchise, the franchisee agrees to run their own business under the same business name for a fee. The specific franchise agreement determines the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee.

What is the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee?

The franchisor is an experienced business owner who provides a well-developed franchise business model that the franchisee invests into. The franchisor is essentially the “mentor” in the relationship, offering industry experience, proven business models, training materials, and guidance to contribute to the franchisee’s success.

In many cases, reputable franchisors provide initial training and ongoing support to help their franchisees grow a successful business. Some franchisors also offer helpful tools to ensure the long-term success of their franchisees, such as business management software, inventory management systems, and marketing materials.

What is the role of the franchisor?

The role of the franchisor will vary depending on the specific business model and the franchise agreement. Above all else, the franchisor offers the franchisee a valuable opportunity to run their own business without the common risks of independent startups.

Some common franchisor responsibilities include:


  • Allowing the franchisee to provide services under the business’ brand name

  • Providing initial training on how to grow the business and perform day-to-day operations based on their proven business model

  • Provides on-site training and support leading up to and after the grand opening day

  • Offering an approved list of vendors and suppliers for necessary equipment and materials

  • Providing effective marketing programs and advertising materials

  • Providing guidance in terms of developed business practices

  • Ensuring that the franchisee receives ongoing support with operations, marketing, administration, and more



What is the role of the franchisee?

After the franchisee pays the initial franchising fee and signs the agreement, they agree to represent the established business. Franchisees generally have the following responsibilities:


  • Developing the franchisor’s business in an established location and protecting the brand’s reputation

  • Covering different types of costs to establish their business

  • Investing time to learn about the business’ standards and operations

  • Closely following business and operational practices and procedures

  • Following the business marketing strategy using brand usage guidelines

When both the franchisor and franchisee keep up their responsibilities and obligations outlined in the franchise agreement, both parties can enjoy the benefits of a successful, thriving business.




  • What is provided as a Franchisee?
    As you’re starting your family entertainment franchise, we will provide up to five days of basic business training, plus an additional three weeks of operations training to you or your general manger. This initial training is held at our Elon, NC facility. We will spend 5 days assisting your on-site at your location around the time of your business launch (transportation, loging and $100 per diem for 2 @$500 per day will be required) We’ll also help you with a copy of our confidential operations outline manual to help you run your business properly on a day-to-day basis, and we’ll be there to provide remote support, answer questions, and provide ongoing guidance.
  • What experience do I need to own a Ground Zero Franchise?
    We do not require you to have prior experience in the family entertainment industry; we can teach you what you need to know to run your Ground Zero business. We are primarily seeking single-unit, start-up franchise owners who will be hands-on operators, and who can learn the Ground Zero system and develop a strong operations team within their franchised business. Also, we have a program option for existing Laser Tag or family entertainment businesses that wish to convert to the Ground Zero system; financial incentives are available for conversion franchisees. Above all, we expect franchise owners or their operating partners to have great sales, customer relations, and supervisory skills; solid business management experience; and a strong and honest work ethic.
  • How much capital is expected to build a successful Ground Zero location?
    The projected initial investment range for a single start-up franchise ranges between from $159,450 - $390,000. This investment amount includes an initial franchise fee of $15,000. As with any new business venture, it’s important that you have the capital needed to adequately fund your new business. We look for candidates with minimum liquidity of about $150,000++. The more you put in, the larger the return. Our existing location in Elon, NC would cost approx $150,000 to duplicate. This location can also be purchased for $250,000 as we transition to the corporate side. Why does it cost more than the upfront cost it took to open?? Well, we have done all the labor and testing changing the plan hundreds of times and re-investing to find the right formula. it's turn key and ready to go!
  • Are there other ongoing fees paid to the franchisor?
    Franchisees will pay a royalty rate of 1%-5% of gross sales quarterly paid, plus monthly technology fees estimated at about $550 per month. These fees allow us to fund our ongoing support services and the continued development of services, marketing tools, training programs, website and systems upgrades. Franchise tools and POP will be available for purchase on our Corp web page as well.
  • Are there any advertising fees?
    It's recommended you spend a minimum of 2-10% of gross revenues toward local marketing within your territory. And, you will be required to contribute up to .5% of gross margin revenues quarterly into the system marketing fund. Collected funds will be used to develop marketing strategies to promote the Ground Zero brand and fund the creative costs to develop local franchise marketing materials and campaigns.
  • Is financing available?
    We do not offer direct financing to franchisees. We may be able to provide references to qualified financing or lending resources, on a case-by-case basis.
  • What is the term of the franchise agreement?
    The initial term of your franchise agreement is ten years with three additional successor agreement options of five years each.
  • What if I want to get out of the franchise agreement?
    No problem. We understand things happen and sometimes there are circumstances that business fail. We do offer a full release in the event of business closure and non-reopening under another name.
  • What if I want to purchase a fully turn key scenerio?
    Absolutely we can help. We can offer a managment guidance package with an innitial upfront investment of $80,000 + franchise fee, and all related expenses for lodging, transportation, and $100 per diem while on premisses. We will come to your location anywhere in the World and do the hard part for you. You will simply need to supply the cost for all related construction, supplies, materials, equipment, and labor and we will handle the management. This fee is in addition to your opening cost. We will dedicate a full 90 days to getting you going onsite + off or onsite (additional fees may apply) management support as needed for up to a year. You supply the cost + crew, we supply the do. We can also sell you the existing location in Elon, NC for $250,000 or help find you a location to convert somewhere in the US.
  • How do I get started?
    If you're interested in learning more about the Ground Zero family entertainment franchise program, you can contact us at 336-509-0802 or to discuss the possibility of setting up a meeting, speaking with key franchise management staff, and receiving our FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) which contains all the important details you'll need to make an informed decision.
  • Can I just invest?
    You have the option of investing in a location. We offer active or silent investor options through private funding. Please reach out to inquire about investment opportunities.
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