Nothing is Sweet about Candy Bouquet!

From an alleged former franchisee: If Candy Bouquet International has been around since 1989, why don't they have a standardized POS (point of sale) system for their franchisees?

They claim to spend millions on building their brand - but did you know that the name "Candy Bouquet" can be used by anyone! The trademark office denied their claim to the name  - not once but twice! The only trademarks they own are their logo and a few slogans! The millions they spend is on selling more franchises seeing how the average life of a franchise is only estimated at 2.5 years! The attrition rate is also estimated at 60-70%! So many of the franchisees listed on the candybouquet.com locator are homebased businesses for which they work a real job because the Candy Bouquets do NOT support themselves!

The franchisees of Candy Bouquet are so despondent with the franchisor that they set up an independent association through the AAFD early last year! (Congrats on the AAFD awards!)The franchisees I've talked to complained of carpal tunnel and numerous other physical issues from making the bouquets due to repetive motion. The equipment referred to in the offering circular does less than 2% of the work and the rest is manual labor - hence the issues previously mentioned.

The only franchisees surviving the failing trend are those who have so diversified their stores as to NOT be dependent on the actual candy bouquets they were led to believe would carry their stores! Speaking of stores, did you know that there is no fixed model for a candy bouquet store? Go into any store, none are the same - so much for branding!

Candy Bouquet collects a monthly association fee which is a guaranteed revenue stream. Since so many franchisees struggle, a royalty wouldn't be profitable, so they offer a fixed fee. And not such a low cost franchise, none of the stores I spoke with were ever able to operate within the expenses indicated on the site. In fact, most owners are unable to pay themselves a salary or are able to afford employees! 

Oh lets not forget the noncompete clause - no candy stores, floral shops and gifts stores. The franchisees claim they were never taught ANYTHING as to how to operate a floral shop or gift store. As far as candy stores are concerned, you don't need to buy a franchise for that - you can do it on your own. As for Candy Bouquet, my advice? Buy a video! 


From the CEO of the franchisor:  Everything is Sweet about Candy Bouquet

Ms. Margaret McEntire, the chief executive officer of Candy Bouquet, Inc., contacted me and asked that I help her post a comment. It can be read in its entirety below. - Mr. Blue MauMau, moderator

I would like to thank all of you for your comments, negative and positive with regards to  Candy Bouquet.  The extraordinary thing about our country is that is that we do have freedom of speech.  On the internet, though, it can go unmonitored and can get out of hand and there is no delete button for statements put in an incorrect light. Candy Bouquet’s  independent franchisee association has a channel to mediate disputes with individuals and groups of franchisees and so does the International Franchise Association , which I am a board member.

I do think of the terrible example on youtube.com with the worker of a franchise company, that snorts some lettuce and then places it in the customer’s food.  What a terrible thing that made the entire  franchise company suffer because of the actions of a few.

I will promise to always try my best and have our employees do their best for you as well.  We have fulfilled all of the list of things that were asked of us here at Candy Bouquet International.  We have a good relationship with Bob Purvin and the AAFD.  If any franchisee has a problem with CBI or any issues,  I would hope that they would call CBI  and also make the Advisory Council aware of them.  We only work for you.

As a board member of the International Franchise Association, I have also learned from other franchisors that if there are ever any problems with the system, you embrace your franchisees and get them fixed as soon as possible.

I appreciate the opportunity to have this note put up. Thank you Mr. Blue Mau Mau!

Margaret McEntire
[Founder of] Candy Bouquet International, Inc.

The US Zees are going

There are now only 61 US franchises listed on the Candy Bouquet International locator!!!

on September 20th, 2014

Still Operating?

They seem to be holding at 61 zees according to the Candy Bouquet International locator, but from the looks of their outdated website and all, my guess is that this franchise lacking system is a goner.

on October 17th, 2014

Still Operating?

Of those 61, I know that a couple have since gone and closed as when I click on their site it reroutes me elsewhere. The Website seems that it has not been touched for months. No new bouquets, no updates, I think it is only a matter of time.

on October 20th, 2014

Wire

Anyone know where to purchase similar wire? I'm a former franchisee and would like to make a few bouquets for friends and family at Christmas time. The wooden dowels you can get at the store just don't work as well.

on November 2nd, 2014

Wire

There are wires that are used for holding insulation between rafters that work great for bouquets. Check with a local insulation company or hardware store.

on November 24th, 2014

Gone Lower

By my calculations - Only 57 remain. Not good.

on November 25th, 2014

Remaining stores

are there any open stores still remaining in the U.S.?

on December 16th, 2014

International franchises

I counted the international franchises a couple days ago and there were only 31! That is a far cry from the 300+ worldwide that their website states (57 total in the U.S. at last count). I think the Wheelers are just trying to milk every penny they can out of it before they go bankrupt...from what I've read they sunk every penny they had and more into this franchise. Kinda sad.

on December 18th, 2014

International Franchises

There are only 23 International franchisees, they are not renewing (Like me!) , the concept is fine but the money invested is not returned as a positive - All negative and going down,down, down. Also the 57 left in the U.S is also lower as many phones have been disconnected or your are routed to another site. I feel sorry for the new owners who will probably have no choice but the cease trading very soon. Overall I think that only approximately 70 if not less left in this business.

on December 20th, 2014

cello

Hey, I am a former franchise owner and was wondering if anyone knows where I can get some cello sheets. I would love to make some bouquets again.

on January 23rd, 2015

cello

You can purchase from cello depot

on January 24th, 2015

cello

I looked at their site it's okay was just looking for a bit more selection, Thanks so much =)

on January 24th, 2015

Going Lower.......

There are only 52 US franchises listed on the CBI locator. I'm sure some are closed but still listed. Anyone come on here have any updated information on what that the status is on the franchise?

on April 11th, 2015

Only 50 USA Franchises listed...

Only 50 USA Franchises listed...a far cry from MM's glory days.

on May 18th, 2015

Only 50 Listed

I would be willing to bet that there aren't evenn 50, and I can't
believe with all that has been posted and no corporate office ANYONE is still
paying franchise royalties.....

on May 18th, 2015

Only 50 USA Franchises listed..

There is not even 50, a few have closed but are still on the locator and have you noticed that their site has not changed since 2013, therefore they don't even use this site anymore and no new bouquets. Does anyone know whats going on, are they still trading??

on May 20th, 2015

International Franchises

By my calculations, only 14 International franchisees, there could be more as I don't think the new owners use this site anymore.

on May 28th, 2015

Only 46 USA Franchises listed... a question for you

Only 46 USA Franchises listed... a question for you.

Wow it just goes lower and lower too bad MM dumped it on someone else to take the hit but we all know how Maggie worked. Look at how she abused her franchisees.

A question for you...
Why would the new owners run another website other than CandyBouquet.com

Just asking and so glad to be free and bringing home a weekly paycheck that I never saw from my own business. Thankfully I was not one of those who went in the hole, lost my retirement, lost my family or my house. Hope most have healed from the abuse of MM and Candy Bouquet and moved on.

on August 16th, 2015

Whats the other website??

Whats the other website??

on August 19th, 2015

Now there are only 40 USA Franchises listed

Getter lower and lower here in the US! In addition, for what few are left, none of the websites are working either. Guess this franchise is on the verge of going out.

As far as the owners using another website, when you google candy bouquet no other website comes up.

Oh well, glad to be done and have it all behind me.

A CB survivor.

on August 24th, 2015

It's getting lower

and lower!

on November 30th, 2015

Websites

Of all the U.S. Franchises still listed on the locator that give you the option to order online, I could not find even one working website. It comes up either the domain cannot be found or the server can't be found. Makes you wonder how many are actually still going. I am SO surprised the Wheelers have not gone into bankruptcy yet. At this point, I think they are probably just trying to get whatever money they can out of those who did not fulfill the 5 year contract and just stopped paying the monthly fee. Very sad situation!

on September 26th, 2015

Going Lower

The US franchise numbers are going lower. Only 38 left in the US according to the CBI locator.

on October 6th, 2015

Going Lower....

According to the Candy Bouquet International locator there are now only 38 US franchisees. They must still be using that website since the franchisees are being removed.

on October 6th, 2015

Lower

It keeps getting lower and lower! This is interesting,

https://www.facebook.com/CandyBouquet/videos/389323357797382/?video_sou…

My guess is that they couldn't even give a franchise away. Not one in Little Rock listed!

on October 19th, 2015

Another store front closed

I went to Candy Bouquet, Utica, MI, yesterday. The store was empty. All that was left was the sign above the door. Looks like the last Candy Bouquet in Michigan has closed. It needs to be removed from the web site locator. Drove over there for nothing!!! So sad.

on November 8th, 2015

Getting Lower

The franchise is getting lower and their sitelets are not working anymore!! Anyone know what is going on?

on December 10th, 2015

Lower

Only 37 US franchises left, according to the CBI locator

on December 29th, 2015

Going Lower

There are now only 25 US franchises listed on the franchise website.

on June 4th, 2016

Is this franchise still…

Is this franchise still active or have they completely shut down?  

Posted by Anonymous on January 8th, 2019