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Cash Investment (Liquid): $125,000

Minimum Investment: $148,000

Maximum Investment: $356,000

Minimum Net Worth: $400,000

Franchise Fee: $35,000

Business Type
  • Retail


  • B2C


Average # of Employees:


Participation Type:

  • Executive Model

  • Semi-Absentee


  • Year Established: 1996

  • Year First Franchised: 2000

House of Bread

Walking into a House of Bread is a sensual delight because there is nothing like the smell and taste of Fresh Baked Bread! A few steps in the door and you’ll be greeted with an offer to sample a slice of warm, fresh baked bread right out of the oven. While savoring the naturally delicious breads and pastries, you can watch the bakers scratch making and hand shaping the loaves. Then stay for Lunch, enjoy our wonderful Bread made into a savory sandwich featuring the quality meats and cheeses from Boar’s Head Meats. We also offer delicious soups, salads and gourmet, fair-trade coffee.

While our concept is old fashioned goodness, our Franchise includes modern, state-of-the-art systems. Our Franchisees are fully supported from day one, this includes expert site selection, assistance in securing financing, space design and buildout as well as hands-on Grand Opening support. We continue the marketing support with monthly banners and posters, as well as a tailored social media campaign. Our cutting edge proprietary information system gives owners immediate financial information in order to facilitate sound business decisions.
The business culture at House of Bread is one of comradery and respect, we value our Franchisees as business partners and always welcome their input. Please feel free to reach out to our existing Franchisees; they’re a very nice group of people.

Why US?

  • Strong industry. Between fast food and fine dining lies the rapidly growing fast casual café segment. Fast casual dining concepts typically provide consumers with freshly-prepared, high-quality food traditionally absent from fast food restaurants. As American consumption trends toward fresher, healthier choices, fast food chain sales have declined. The House of Bread Bakery Café takes the fast casual concept one step higher by also offering retail and wholesale, fresh, in-store baked bread and pastries. A House of Bread Bakery Café provides busy consumers with fresh, wholesome, scratch made breads, pastries, soups, sandwiches and salads in a comfortable order-at-the-counter setting at competitive prices.

  • Market growth. Today’s consumers want delicious, healthy, natural food made locally by people they know and trust. House of Bread Bakery Cafés upscale menu items are made using all natural ingredients and are produced in an inviting atmosphere.

  • Truly scratch baked breads. Market surveys consistently indicate that the number one consideration in the choice of a sandwich is the quality of the bread. Other sandwich concepts promote their fresh out-of-the-oven bread but fail to mention that the bread is delivered frozen and is full of artificial ingredients and preservatives. House of Bread Bakery Cafés have an open production kitchen where we mix, shape and bake our bread in full view of our customers.

  • Proprietary informational system. We use a state-of-the-art point-of-sale information system specifically designed for House of Bread Bakery Café. This system provides our Franchisees with succinct, informative data which generates daily and weekly operations reports including, sales by category, labor costs and cost of goods. Having these numbers readily available is crucial in maintaining profit margins.

  • Personal and strong Franchisee support. Being in business for yourself but not by yourself is the idea behind franchising. House of Bread Franchising is a 21 year old proven Bakery Café concept and as a small Franchise company, there is no chain of command you have to go through to talk directly to the President, our field representatives or our technical support personnel. We are here seven days a week for our Franchisees; ask them and they’ll tell you that we are not a soulless company grinding every penny from our Franchisees. We are a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that work together to build and strengthen our brand.


Three weeks minimum with Corporate / One Week at a Franchisee's Bakery

House of Bread Franchising promises to provide franchisees with all the tools they will need to start their own House of Bread Bakery Cafe and will continue to support them after the store opens. We will provide technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Bakery Cafe location selection with demographic requirements and recommendations

  • Store layout

  • Ability to secure a state-of-the-art point-of-sale information system specifically designed for House of Bread Bakery Cafe

  • Equipment procurement sources, new and used

  • Detailed equipment and supplies list

  • Owner training at House of Bread Cafe and in your store

  • Employee training materials and schedules

  • Operational control systems including employee handling recommendations, register controls, product pricing guidelines and production trouble shooting techniques

  • Use of the House of Bread accounting, billing and payroll systems

  • Advertising and promotion formats

  • Publicity suggestions

  • Proven recipes and production schedules

  • Wholesale strategies and systems

Ideal Candidate

  • They don't require restaurant experience, but they do prefer people who have managerial experience and an entrepreneurial spirit

  • Someone that will follow their experienced business model and wants to work hands on in their business

  • An owner/operator that wants to work in the business, someone that potentially has the ability to scale to multiple locations, hands on in strategic planning

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