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Exploring Bakery Ownership with Great Harvest.

Whether you are a long-time customer who has always loved the energy of your neighborhood Great Harvest bakery franchise, a former employee who enjoyed the Great Harvest company culture, or just someone researching viable business franchise opportunities ─ Great Harvest is a brand that people want to be a part of. It helps that our franchises are demonstrably profitable, and that we’ve built up a successful business model over the course of 30 years, with the collective experience of over two hundred Great Harvest bakery owners across the country (some of whom have been with us for over two decades). It also helps that we have a delicious product line that not only tastes great, but is designed to be nutritious.




Work/life balance and flexibility.

If you want to know what really sets us apart, it has to be the Freedom Franchise and our unique Bread Business model. Great Harvest stands for traditional business principles like phenomenal quality, great customer service, and creating thriving and profitable businesses. But it’s also about values like having fun, work/life balance, and giving back ─ values that are constantly pursued from the very top of our organization. Because of that, and the relative flexibility of our Freedom Franchise model, Great Harvest attracts an exceptional caliber of franchisees. These small business owners and their employees embody the Great Harvest Mission Statement every day in their own local neighborhood bakeries.


People are drawn to Great Harvest from all walks of life. 

Some came as single parents, some came with small children, some were seeking a second act out of early retirement, and some were just trying to escape the corporate rat race. All of them were able to connect with a bread franchise that is centered on three core things: real food, real people, and real business. They all saw the appeal of a business model that had more flexibility and fewer limitations than a traditional franchise, but that still carried less risk than an independent start-up. One of Great Harvest’s strengths is its ongoing training and built-in community support from other Great Harvest bakery owners. It’s often said that with Great Harvest you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

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