There are many bakery franchises available, covering an array of styles. What you'll hopefully take away from this is the understanding that you should take your time and thoroughly explore all avenues in your franchise search. Sometimes great brands fall into a unique niche that's in the seams between more traditional concepts, while others successfully unify two seemingly disparate products.
Since we discuss the bakery subcategories mentioned above in separate sections, we'll focus on true bakery concepts here. Truth be told, brands that offer just baked goods in the style of the traditional neighborhood bakery are rare'but they do exist. Most bakery franchises today are more accurately called bakery cafés, meaning they bake products in-store and do sell them to customers but also offer prepared foods, sandwiches, soup, and sometimes pasta as well.
We know it's a dreadful pun. But to answer our own question, a bakery franchise tends to be in the mid- to lower-mid-range in terms of overall cost among restaurants. One benefit from a cost perspective is that it's not necessary to outfit a full kitchen. The oven (or ovens) will be your largest equipment expense. Exactly what you need will depend on how expansive the brand's menu is and the nature of the products.
In terms of real estate, these opportunities are normally located in an in-line position in a shopping center (although end caps are nice to have). Compared to a freestanding building in a high-visibility location (where major QSR brands are normally found), they are significantly less expensive to build out and lease.
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