America loves an alternative. McDonald's or Burger King. The Home Depot or Lowe's. Coke or Pepsi. But who is Panera’s competitor? Think about it.
Panera’s competitor can be you. It’s time to give your customers an alternative to Panera Bread.1 It’s time for Great Harvest. You can open five Great Harvest bakery cafes for less than the cost of one Panera Bread store, completely owning your territory.
|Average Sales 3,4||$3,561,258||$2,705,481|
|Average Profit 3,4||$478,002||$424,906|
Opening a single Panera Bread store will cost you over $1 million on the low end. And you can't own just one; Panera Bread doesn’t permit single store ownership.
We are not saying that is a bad idea. They are tremendously successful, but its time they had some direct competition, and that’s where we come in.
Our Hub & Spoke model allows you to maximize your investment while spreading your risk over five stores — all for less than the price of opening one Panera Bread store.
You can open your second location and first Spoke with as little as 1,500 square feet, giving you the flexibility to capture desirable high-traffic areas that do not meet Panera’s minimum square footage requirements. You will have better access to Main Street where you can create a truly “local” alternative with healthier, made-from-scratch options like delicious fresh breads, goodies, sandwiches, and salads.
See for yourself. Our comparison excludes real estate and build out expenses, because that's how Panera discloses their costs. We believe when real estate and build out costs are factored in, the difference is even more dramatic (in our favor). Scroll on to view our fully loaded costs and profits.
Explore the fully loaded average costs and profits associated with opening Great Harvest Hub & Spokes (including real estate and build out costs):
Over forty years of franchising, we have evolved from being a bread bakery, to serving sandwiches for take-out, to now becoming a full-fledged bakery cafe.
Currently, there are over 25 bakery cafes in our system, operating in a smaller footprint than a big box fast casual restaurant, with seating for 25-35 people.
We are now expanding our format to include both bakery cafe “Hubs,” and cafe-only “Spokes.” Both stores offer a full cafe menu and seating for 25-35. Bread is handmade from freshly milled wheat at the Hub locations. The Spoke stores’ bread is delivered from the local Hub (within 30 minutes) while they make other items from scratch on-site. This allows multi-unit owners to leverage their bakery investment and own entire territories by putting smaller footprint stores in ideal high traffic areas on Main Street.
Great Harvest makes it easy to own your territory. Although we have four decades of franchising under our belt and over 210 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! Especially in the Northeast. You get more value when you invest with Great Harvest, and you can take your pick of desirable territories.
You can own three Great Harvest bakery cafes for as little as $47,500 in franchise fees. Fees vary according to the size of your territory and are discounted for additional stores. Get additional investment detail here.
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Stake your claim on our significant open territory. The Northeast section of the United States is ripe for expansion. Here’s an example of an available territory on Long Island:
If you currently own a multi-unit franchise brand in your area and are tapped out in terms of expansion, this is an ideal opportunity. Be the one to compete with Panera Bread in your territory. You can be where their footprint requirements don’t let them go. Be more local than Panera is, while diversifying your franchise portfolio with Great Harvest's authentic, established brand and proven franchise concept. We can help you connect with customers you won’t get through your other franchises.
Our bakery cafes allow you to capitalize on many consumer trends, including the "buy local" and "slow food" movements. Recently, the benefits of bread made from fresh ground flour garnered national media attention, and it’s what we’ve been making since 1976. No other national chain fresh grinds their own flour to make their bread genuinely fresh every day.
Fresh food options like ours are in demand, as consumers seek healthy alternatives to fast food, on the go. Customers care about what’s in their food and how it’s made. Our transparent, sensible approach to making food the right way is important to them.
Sandwiches are more popular than ever, and no other national chain is making them on bread as good as ours. We are the only ones who have sandwiches where the outside is as good as the inside. We offer hot and cold sandwiches in new flavor combinations, and vegetarian options tempting enough for meat-eaters to crave.
Although our bakery cafes benefit from many market trends, our business model is far from trendy. In forty years of business, our franchise has successfully weathered economic downturns, evolving when needed from a bread store to a bakery, and then to a bakery cafe. We will continue to embrace necessary change to meet consumer needs and nurture the success of our franchise.
Yes to all! Our fully developed product lineup — including wholesome, delicious options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more — makes it possible for you to compete in all dayparts.
For breakfast you can serve made-from-scratch breakfast biscuits with real eggs, bacon, and sausage — all sourced locally. No frozen and microwaved breakfast items like the popular coffee and donut chains serve. Our hot muffins, scones, and cinnamon rolls, made-from-scratch and right out of the oven, paired with Peet’s Coffee or locally selected coffee roasts, will keep your customers coming back every day.
For lunch, you serve sandwiches where the outside is as good as the inside, using recipes created by our renowned Corporate Chef. Customers can curate their sandwich from a selection of breads to make every experience memorable — whether it’s a freshly made cold sandwich or a hot specialty panini.
For lunch or dinner, your customers can also select from a variety of salads with locally sourced ingredients and grain bowls made from the best tasting wheat berries in the world. Pair those with hot soups and bread bowls and customers will walk away happy!
To top things off, there are tempting goodies like fresh baked cookies, brownies, and snack bars to put a smile on every customer’s face.
With the flexibility of our Freedom Franchise, you decide your product lineup, you decide your hours of business, and you decide how you want to grow your business. We provide proven systems and processes, a delicious and wholesome product lineup, expert training, and franchise support.
Our store layouts provide ample seating and a welcoming environment for people to gather and enjoy their food throughout the day. Want to grow? Add a location, expand your menu, your hours, or add a catering business. It’s up to you. We give you more ways to serve more customers, more often.