Big Apple Bagels® - Simply The Best!
Big Apple Bagels® is on the forefront of the fast casual dining boom. We stand apart from the crowd with growth and consumer appeal because of our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our business.
The Big Apple Bagels® restaurant concept was developed to delight not only customers, but our franchise owner-operators as well. As a Big Apple Bagels® franchisee, you’ll be able to produce freshly baked Big Apple Bagels brand bagels, My Favorite Muffin brand gourmet muffins, a wide assortment of delicious sandwiches and salads, and serve our own Brewster’s brand of brewed coffee and specialty drinks.
The Big Apple Bagels® menu offers a broad range of lunch options to round out our menu and keep our customers coming back.
Unlike other sandwich concepts, Big Apple Bagels® has a proven breakfast program. With the strength of the Big Apple Bagels®, My Favorite Muffin® and Brewster's® coffee brands your restaurant doubles as a bakery-café. As another example of its multiple identities, the restaurant is not only a retail destination, but also a wholesale distributorship from which your baked-from-scratch bagels and muffins can be sold in bulk to corporate clients, restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses for resale. If you've been to one of our restaurants, you've seen -- and tasted -- what keeps our customers coming back for more: Big freshly baked bagels, made from scratch ... enhanced with our exclusive varieties of cream cheese, or made into a fresh deli or breakfast sandwich ... served with a cup of one of our gourmet Brewster's® coffees.
The time is now. The opportunity is here. We have no doubt that we are at the right place at the right time. American’s love affair with the bagel has exploded into a 2.5-billion dollar market whose growth shows no sign of slowing. Sandwich sales now exceed $3-billion dollars a year. The 2-billion dollar specialty coffee industry is undergoing its most rapid growth in history. With high-quality products in each of these growth categories, a streamlined business system and a team of professionals committed to operational excellence, we’re well poised for the future.
But, being at the right place at the right time isn’t enough. We also need the right people to grow with us. If you have the drive and ambition to build a business... backed by the systems and support of a dedicated franchising company... if you share the passion for excellence on which the Big Apple Bagels® concept was founded, we invite you to consider this franchise opportunity and encourage you to complete the form below and speak to a franchise developer.
Notice to Prospective Franchisee regarding delivery options of BAB’s Franchise Disclosure Document
BAB Systems, Inc (“Franchisor”) offers the following delivery options in furnishing prospective franchisees its Franchise Disclosure Document:
- via hard (paper) copy, in a personal meeting with the Franchisor
- via hard (paper) copy, mailed to the prospective franchisee*
- via electronic copy, emailed to the prospective franchisee
* In order to receive a mailed copy, the prospective franchisee must meet the following criteria:
- Has completed and submitted BAB’s Franchise Application
- Has satisfactorily passed credit check
- Has a net worth of at least $350,000
- Has liquid assets of at least $100,000
- Has appropriate business experience
Our Support Sets Your Business Apart!
As a franchisor, BAB Systems, Inc. has always focused heavily on the level of support it provides to its franchisees and the importance of open lines of communication to foster strong franchisee relationships. Franchisees know they can count on us to watch our position within the industry and do what it takes to keep up with ever-changing consumer preferences and innovations in franchise support.
Of course, since the first franchise, technological advancements have changed the face of franchising. Accordingly, as its product offering has evolved, so has its franchise support program, which now includes an exclusive franchise intranet web site. As a BAB Systems, Inc. franchisee, you’ll receive guidance and assistance with the key steps involved in getting your new business up and running. Pre-opening support includes:
- Site selection assistance
- Restaurant layout and design
- Coordination with national and regional suppliers
- Equipment, merchandise and services at negotiated rates
- Grand Opening marketing campaign
- Full seasonal marketing strategies
- E-Mail subscription program, through which participating franchisees are kept informed up to the minute on important breaking news as well as surveyed for their feedback
- A password-protected BAB Franchisee Intranet featuring a download center, on-line sales reporting, resource center and trading post
The BAB Systems, Inc. franchise program is designed to help franchise owners reach their individual growth potential. Whether you are interested in owning one or several BAB Systems, Inc. stores, we'll work with you to determine the growth options that are right for you.
Our Training Sets You Apart!
Our goal is to help you achieve excellence in every aspect of your business. Towards that ambitious goal, you and your key personnel will receive intensive training that covers all areas of the operation.Our training program, comprised of hands-on learning in our company-owned location and classroom instruction includes:
- Day-to-day restaurant operations
- Hiring, training and retaining good employees
- Maintaining financial controls
- Orientation to your marketing team that will coordinate your local advertising
- Operational training at your location as you open
Investment Cost Estimates
Investment costs vary and the chart below presents our current estimated investment breakdown.
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NOTE: Our Big Apple Bagels® franchise is listed in the Small Business Administration's Franchise Registry. If you are thinking of financing your business with an SBA loan, you should know our prospective franchisees enjoy the benefits of a streamlined review process for SBA loan applications. SBA Loan applications for registered franchisors can be reviewed and processed quickly and efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I pay an ongoing royalty?
Yes. The ongoing royalty is 5% of gross receipts and is payable on a weekly basis.
Can I expect help in choosing and setting up a location?
An experienced field representative will be assigned to assist you in evaluating various locations in your area. Once you've made a decision, our team of design consultants will draw up a site plan that takes full advantage of the location you've chosen.
Will I or my employees receive training and start-up help?
We'll fully familiarize two people with every phase of the operation during our intensive training program. Then, a field operations consultant will be available to provide you with additional assistance at your store prior to and during your opening.
Do I need prior food service experience?
No. Everything you'll need to know and everything you'll need to do is covered in our training, personal support and an entire series of comprehensive operations manuals.
What are the hours?
Since we're primarily a bagel bakery and not a full service restaurant, our stores are generally open from 6 am to 6 pm. However, some stores have extended hours to take advantage of the later daypart segment with our coffee and dessert offerings.
What size will my BAB store be?
We generally recommend between 1,600-1,800 sq. ft.
Is advertising support available?
Yes. Ongoing marketing and advertising create brand awareness and build good will for all our proprietary products. You are required to contribute 3% of your gross revenues to a Marketing Fund, which will fulfill your minimum local advertising obligation. We will coordinate and place professionally prepared advertising directly into your local market.
Can I sell my BAB franchise?
Yes. However, we do reserve the right to approve the subsequent buyer.
Do I have to buy all my food products and production equipment from you?
We provide specifications for the purchase of these items. You may purchase most of your equipment from any approved or designated supplier. Brewster's® Coffee and all food items must be purchased from designated suppliers. We have researched and negotiated with reputable companies that provide our franchisees with quality products, fair prices, and service after the sale.
Are there multi-unit opportunities available if I want to own more than one store?
Yes. For qualified individuals, we offer an Area Development Agreement granting the franchisee the opportunity to develop a number of additional franchises within an exclusive territory.
If I'm interested in learning more, what do I do next?
Simply complete and submit the form on this page. A franchise development representative will contact you to answer your initial questions and forward you a brochure on our Company.
The time is now. The opportunity is here. We have no doubt that we are at the right place at the right time. But being at the right place at the right time isn't enough. We also need the right people to grow along with us. If you have the drive and ambition to build a business ...if you have the desire to go into business for yourself, backed by the systems and support of a dedicated franchise company... if you share the passion for excellence on which the Big Apple Bagels® concept was founded, we invite you to consider the Big Apple Bagels franchise opportunity and complete our on-line form below!