Business. The way it ought to be.



It all began way back in the seventies. Our founders, Pete and Laura Wakeman, were just a couple of college kids who baked amazing scratch-made whole grain bread to help pay their tuition at Cornell University. Newly married in 1975, the adventurous couple hiked the entire north-south length of Montana, falling in love with "Big Sky Country." So much so that they never left, establishing the first Great Harvest bakery in Great Falls, Montana in 1976.

Word spread fast about their uniquely flavorful bread made with pure and simple ingredients and wheat purchased from local farmers. It didn't take long before neighbors asked about starting up their own Great Harvest. In 1978, the Franchise was born and the second Great Harvest bakery opened in Kalispell, Montana.

farmer in a field of her wheat
field of wheat in the sunshine

Great Harvest began to grow from a Montana bakery into the nation's first family of independently-owned and operated whole grain bread bakeries and cafes. Though we’re no longer just a Montana bread company, our corporate headquarters remain in Dillon, Montana and we are true to our Montana roots.

The essence of Montana that charmed the Wakemans still influences the core of our corporate culture. Authenticity, a spirit of camaraderie and individuality remain the foundation of the organization. It turns out those values appeal to people in all 50 states. Today there are almost 200 locations across the United States and in Saipan.

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We believe our success comes from a strong commitment to uphold the legacy and integrity of the Great Harvest brand. Great Harvest is about customer experience and the promise of phenomenal tasting food made with freshly-milled whole grains and pure and simple ingredients. Insert

We create, share, and teach the tools that franchise owners use to personalize their local bakery cafes and achieve their unique goals within the context of the Great Harvest franchise agreements. To support the success of each local business owner, we teach and actively model the Mission Statement:

Be Loose and Have Fun.

Bake Phenomenal Bread.

Run Fast to Help Customers.

Create Strong & Exciting Bakeries.

And Give Generously to Others.®

bags of wheat stacked on top of each other


Great Harvest has evolved from the bread bakeries that we opened in the 70’s and 80’s to the bakery cafes that we open today. But, one thing that has not changed and that is our commitment to freshly baked products, so fresh you can taste it! Today we specialize in authentic artisan breads, fresh ground whole grains, handcrafted goodies, freshly made sandwiches, biscuits, and more. Great Harvest’s bread is truly one of a kind. It’s simple, handmade, wholesome, and tasty. It’s Bread. The way it ought to be! ™

Our bakery cafes are centered around the communities they serve and are strengthened by our commitment to generosity.



For the last few years, new stores have been opened as bakery cafes or cafes. Great Harvest bakery cafes may operate as standalone units in a market, or as “Hubs” in conjunction with additional cafes operating as “Spokes.” Hubs are full bakery cafes with seating for 35 - 40 people and have all the handmade bread production on-site.

Spokes operate as cafes; they have fresh bread supplied by the Hub daily and should be located within 40 minutes of a Hub. Their menu is the same as their Hub; they bake items on-site like cookies, biscuits, scones, etc., to maintain the aroma of a bakery.

Great Harvest hub and spoke model diagram that depicts two store hubs linking to three cafe spokes


Great Harvest makes it easy to own your territory. Although we have four decades of franchising under our belt and nearly 200 stores across the country, we have only recently begun awarding franchise contracts to multi-unit owners. That’s great news for you because we still have many territories available! You get more value when you invest with Great Harvest, and you can take your pick of desirable territories.

Stake your claim on our significant open territory. We can create custom territory maps for your area of interest; give us a call or make your request here.

You can own three Great Harvest bakery cafes $65,000 in franchise fees. Fees are discounted for additional stores. Get additional investment detail here.

Territory Size 1st Store 2nd Store* 3rd Store* Total
50,000 people $35,000 $15,000 $15,000 $65,000

*Terms and conditions apply.


Explore the numbers associated with opening Great Harvest Hubs & Spokes:

  Single Site Bakery Cafe Bakery Cafe Hub Cafe Spoke New Hub & Spoke
Avg. Unit Volume $907,502* $1,144,419*** $547,902*** $1,692,321****
Avg. Margin of EBITDA 15.30%** NA NA 16.95%****
Sq. Ft. Build Targeted 2400 2500 1700 NA
Target Cost to Build $529,113***** $529,133***** $107,628***** NA

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Footnotes for financial chart above:

* Based upon 2023 sales for 22 single site bakery cafe locations as disclosed in item 19, Chart 1, of our 3/25/2024 FDD. Of these 32, 14, or 44%, exceeded the average unit volume.

** Based upon 32 single site cafe locations that provided their 2022 income statements, as disclosed in item 19, Chart 5, of our 3/25/2024 FDD. Of these 23, 8, or 35%, exceeded the average EBITDA Margin.

*** Bakery Cafe Hub and Cafe Spoke 2023 sales based on 7 locations each as disclosed in item 19, Chart 2 of our 3/25/2024 FDD. Of this total of 7 hubs, 3, or 43%, exceeded the average unit volume of $1,144,419. Of this total of 7 spokes, 3, or 43%, exceeded the average unit volume of $547,902.

****In 2022, there were 10 new concept bakery cafes consisting of 5 sets of 1 bread-baking (hub) location with 1 non-bread-baking (spoke) location each. Of these 5 sets, (i) 2, or 40%, exceeded the average sales volume of the 5 sets of $1,728,957, (ii) 2, or 40%, exceeded the average variable costs of the 5 sets of $1,307,491, (iii) 3, or 60%, exceeded the average fixed costs of the 5 sets of $234,027, (iv) 3, or 60%, exceeded the average total operating expenses of the 5 sets of $1,435,856, (v) 2, or 40%, exceeded the average net operating income (profitability in dollars) of $293,101, and (vi) 3, or 60%, exceeded the average net operating income (profitability as a percentage of sales) of 16.95%.

There is no assurance that you will do as well and you must accept that risk. This offering is made by prospectus only.

*****Based upon Item 7 of our 3/25/2024 FDD


This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy a franchise. It is for informational purposes only.

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California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

If you are a resident of, or wish to acquire a franchise to be operated in one of these states, we will offer you a franchise only after we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction. We are accepting applications from all states.

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