Can I Own a Foot Locker Franchise?

by Cate Rushton; Updated September 26, 2017

Foot Locker reports that it operates 3,423 stores, under various names, in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe as of 2015. The company does not offer franchises in the U.S., but it does have franchise operations in the Middle East and South Korea. Two Foot Locker subsidiaries, Sidestep and Runners Point, offer franchises in Switzerland and Germany.


Sidestep Franchises in Switzerland

Sidestep stores sell sports footwear in its 83 stores located in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Eight franchise stores operate in Switzerland, with an average sales floor of 900 square feet. Learn about business and franchise laws in Switzerland and check with the Switzerland Franchise Association for specific information about franchising in that country. You also may contact SideStep's corporate offices in Germany at +49 (0) 2361 9959020.

Runners Point Franchises in Germany

Runners Point is a subsidiary company of Foot Locker, and it specifically focuses on running shoes and equipment. The average Runners Point store takes up 1200 square feet. The company operates 116 stores in Germany and Austria; Nineteen operate as franchises in Germany. After familiarizing yourself with German laws regarding business and franchises, contact Runners Point at +49 (0)2361/ 3003-298 for more information about franchising opportunities.


  • To find out specific costs and requirements for purchasing a Stepside or Runners Point franchise, contact those companies directly. In the United States, most franchises cost between $50,000 and $200,000 to start, along with a franchise fee of up to $100,000. U.S. franchisees must meet minimum net-worth requirements.

Middle East Foot Locker Franchises

In 2006, Foot Locker signed a ten-year agreement that allowed the Alshaya Trading Company to open stores in the Middle East. Alshaya operates 31 Foot Locker stores in:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Bahrain
  • Lebanon
  • Oman

Since Alshaya already holds a franchise agreement with Foot Locker, it does not offer franchising opportunities to people outside of the company.

South Korea Foot Locker Franchises

Foot Locker signed a ten-year agreement with a third-party company in 2007 for franchises in South Korea. As of 2015, the undisclosed company operated 20 Foot Locker stores within the country.

Working for Foot Locker in the United States

Franchises aren't available for Foot Locker stores in the United States, but those interested in running a store can apply for management positions. Store managers earn an average of $44,735 annually. Responsibilities for store managers include hiring and training employees, merchandising, managing store displays and all other store operations. Check out Foot Locker's current job openings in your area.

About the Author

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.