Snyders Lance Route for sale in Austin, TX

Snyders Lance Route For Sale - Sold

Status: SOLD (see other available listings here)
Asking: $114,000
Down Payment: $31,500
Net: $35,000 and growing fast
Location: South Austin / San Marcos, TX 

Route is growing fast! Great for an active or owner operator!

Incredible opportunity to get an established, profitable and growing, easy to run route. Excellent for first time route buyers that want to actively run a route and let the business continue to grow!

There are different types of income “nets” in routes for owner/operators:
1) $41,426 – This is the net payout from the route company itself.
2) $35,446 – This is the net if you were an owner/operator working on the route after projected gas/maintenance expense.

Who is Snyders Lance:
They are the bakery behemoth and has created an established, dominating, and growing brand of snacks. Each routes with their own exclusive and protected territory! Snyders-Lance owns multiple product lines to keep their presence dominant. The brands they own and distribute are currently: Snyders, Lance, Cape Cod, Toms, Jays, Archway Cookies, Stella Doro, and more.

There are thousands of distributors across the US and only a very small percentage is ever for sale due to extremely low turnover for contractors.

Own an entire territory that is still continuing to grow right outside the highly acclaimed city of Austin.

This is a great situation where the route:
a) Is NOT distressed and rapidly growing
b) Is great for a new owner/operator since it’s not overwhelmed like many routes. 
c) Can be run from just a trailer hitched onto your current vehicle
d) Route can (and is being) run at 8am or later – No middle of the night workdays! 
e) Provides numerous different products and several brands to supermarkets to stabilize income
f) Puts less than 50 miles a day on average on the truck
g) Takes the owner less than 35 hours a week without any extra help at all.

There’s other routes out there for sure. But you’re unlikely to find one that is going to be as headache free as this one.


Q: Will the owner consider financing?

Yes! Not only is the company to finance the route with approved credit, the owner knows this is a solid route and finance some of the purchase price as well. If your credit is excellent, you may be able to have the entire route financed through an outside lending source. Click here for more info. 

Q: I’m new to routes. Is this hard to learn? And is the stated net above what I’ll actually take home the first year if I run the route entirely on my own?

The owner will teach you everything about this route to be able to run it with ease. Routes become repetitive and routine very quickly. As for the money you’ll make, the above stated amount is a good estimate of the amount you’ll take home after known and expected expenses. It may be more as the route grows from the population growth of the area simply creating more demand.

Q: What sorts of startup/one time costs am I looking at on top of paying the asking price?

If you use your current pickup truck to hitch the trailer to (trailers usually cost around $2-4k depending on availability), then there shouldn’t be any additional expenses initial expenses beyond the vehicle and setting up an LLC (usually $200-$300). You can also rent a box truck from the company as well. There’s no cost for training, no flying around to franchise corporation headquarters, or any other nonsense you’ll find with other businesses.

Q: Will the owner give any training?

Complete training. When you buy the route, the seller will be committed to you succeeding by introducing you to the mechanics he’s used (although you can use whomever you’d like), introduce you to other helpful drivers, and also facilitate you being trained on how to run the route by yourself or with a helper if you wanted. This is a very simple business and should only take a couple weeks to learn it completely.

Q: Is there potential to buy more routes?

Contractors for this company can only own one route in their name. While sometimes there are husband and wife teams, or business partner teams used to acquire more routes, it’s a general rule of thumb that most contractors basically are only owning one or possibly two routes.

Q: Tell me about the route itself and where exactly it goes.

The route goes to the south Austin, San Marcos, Buda, and Lockhart area and drives less than 50 miles a day round trip on average. It goes to large grocery stores like HEB and several convenience stores and chain restaurants.

Q: How long does it take to run the route? What are the hours?

The hours are flexible and determined somewhat by you as long as the businesses are being stocked full of the products we’re bringing to them. Unlike many bread/snack routes that have to start out at 4am, this one can start at 7-8am and finishes around 1-3pm. This is a solid, stable income producing route with highly successful stores in the territory that require the route to run 7 days a week, but certain days take much less time to complete than others.

Q: Have routes been pulled/taken away from contractors before?

Only in extreme cases where the contractor had made violent threats, refuses to service the area he’s contracted to and other completely insane things. It’s extremely rare, but on occasion people have gone nuts for whatever reason and lost their route. Unless there is a service refusal from the contractor, there are usually ample warnings long before disciplinary action will be taken.

Q: Is this a sales position? 

Absolutely not. There are no competing route owners that can swoop in and steal your customers. You have a contractually and legally protected territory. You are not convincing, negotiating, or haggling with prices on anything, as these issues are already set in the corporate policy. Your job is simply to make sure the stores have product available to sell by replenishing the shelves daily.

Q : Will I need a lawyer or accountant to do this?

Technically you don’t need a lawyer, but for many transfers it’s encouraged to use one, especially if there are contingencies beyond the transfer – only you can make the determination to utilize a lawyer or not. Route transfers are usually simple, and this is one good thing about having a huge corporation behind the transaction since this isn’t like another business where only you and the seller are involved. The corporate structure makes sure the transfer of route contracts is done easily and smoothly. The business changes hands by a route transfer form given to management, it takes them a couple weeks and then the income flips to your name. You could get a lawyer, but it’s not necessary and I’ve seen other people use them much to their dismay when they delay the sale of the route and also eat you with fees. I recommend an accountant at first to help with year-end write offs and such though.

Q: If I am ready to buy today, how long would it take to start getting the paychecks?

You need to pass a background check and have your credit approved. That takes about 2 weeks total. So if you’re interested in getting involved in the profitable world of routes just email me any questions you have and I’ll answer them as soon as possible (usually 24-48 hours). Also leave your phone number. Please, only email me if you have at least $31,500 cash already available for a business like this. I know a lot of people get their first route by taking out a loans on their home, or find relatives to finance them.

Q: I have all the money and I’m ready to get started! What next?

Excellent. Email – or go to the contact me page and mention you’re interested in the route. Leave your number and someone should get back with you as soon as possible (usually 24-48 hours)