In October, 1993 a second Toronto The Great Canadian Bagel store was opened. Franchising began in early 1994 and by year-end there were a total of three corporate and five franchised The Great Canadian Bagel stores in operation. Steady expansion continued through 1995, 1996, and 1997 with additional stores opening from coast to coast across Canada.
As of November 2006 there were 48 The Great Canadian Bagel locations in Canada.
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Training & Support
In addition, The Great Canadian Bagel will provide on-site pre-opening assistance and training to the Franchisee and their staff, and will continue to provide on-site training and assistance throughout the initial week of operation.
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A Non-Production store typically involves a total development cost ranging between $85,000 and $175,000. A large portion of the cost may be financed, though we recommend cash equity of at least 50%.
The "turnkey" cost includes store design, permits, equipment, leasehold improvements, signage, smallwares, construction, administration charges, and a start-up inventory of uniforms and merchandise display items. All of the equipment is typically owned by the Franchisee with the exception of a few items on loan from suppliers, and the dishwasher which is on a lease/service contract.
Franchisees will usually be required to supply a rental deposit to the landlord as well as utility security deposits. Since most suppliers provide payment terms, additional start-up capital requirements are usually minimal.
"Non-Production" stores lack the equipment needed to prepare the bagel dough (usually due to space restrictions) and instead purchase their bagels "par-baked" from our supplier. These bagels are made using the same recipe and high-quality ingredients used in our Full-Production stores, and are virtually identical to bagels made from scratch on-site.