Gateway Newstands

2018 Costs & Fees

Liquid Capital Required:$50,000

Franchisor Details

Total Units:500+
Year Founded:1983
Home Office: Woodbridge, Ontario

The Gateway Connection


  • Family owned & operated partnership based in Canada
  • Professional head office personnel in all areas of category & district management, merchandising & operations


  • Prime retail locations including key transit systems, major office towers & high traffic shopping malls


  • Established in 1983


  • Over 500 stores in North America
  • Locations in 8 Canadian provinces with dominance in Ontario
  • Exclusive newsstand retailer in North America’s third largest transit system – the TTC
  • Over 150 US locations with concentration in New York & Chicago


  • 100% owner/franchise operation
  • Strong head office support
  • Mandated merchandising programs for all categories
  • Consistently rated among North America’s Top 100 Franchises by Entrepreneur magazines

Franchise Systems

The Gateway franchise system has proven to be a successful business proposition establishing itself as the foremost newstand operation.

  • Currently A Franchisor To Over 500 Gateway Newstands
    • Leasing space for 75 square feet to 700 square feet in high traffic
    • Easily accessed lobby locations in high rise office towers
    • Transit locations and shopping centres in Canada and the USA.
  • Gateway Is Essentially A Convenience Store
    • Operating out of kiosks and in-line stores in large office buildings, shopping centres, and transit locations.
    • Selling tobacco and related products, lottery tickets, confectionary, newspapers, magazines, pocket books, cards, gifts, hot & cold beverages, snack foods, food products and other related needs.
  • The Major Strength Of This Franchise Relates Primarily To Its Traditional Merchandising
    • Featuring nationally advertised, pre-packaged, everyday consumer needs sold to a captive population generally with an exclusive use clause for its merchandising for the full term of the lease and options thereof.
  • Gateway Newstands Provides The Individual Franchisee With:
    • A turnkey operation in an excellent location.
    • Coordination of the construction of the leasehold improvements.
  • Less Demanding Hours
    • The working hours for a Gateway location in office towers and some transit locations are less demanding than most convenience store locations.
  • Gateway Will Adapt The Design To Fit In With The Design Of The Building
  • Finally, And Most Importantly, Gateway Is Not Vulnerable To Significant Operational Problems.
    • Gateway is a simple turnkey franchise operation.
    • Gateway has resisted the temptation to provide additional services to franchisees after start-up for additional royalties. Traditionally, the extra service areas have left franchisors vulnerable to operational problems leading to a significant impact on profits and returns.
  • Our Owners Are Fully Knowledgeable And Experienced In Every Facet Of Their Trade
    • They have also developed long-standing relationships with the leaders of the industry.
  • Store Fit-Up & Construction Is Tendered & Given To The Lowest Qualified Bidder
  • The Franchisees Operate By Way Of A Sublease Signed By The Landlord Principal
    • This affords the franchisee with all the rights and obligations of the franchisors head lessee.

The future for Gateway is bright since the company is expanding at a faster rate than any competitors. The franchisee has a vested interest in promoting the store sales and customer satisfaction. This level of service is difficult to duplicate with corporate staff and therefore, the Gateway Store, will continue to be a pleasant shopping experience for our customers, and a successful addition to any new or existing office, retail or transit development.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a franchisee that sees the value in joining a proven system with strong real estate connections to help find good location options. The ideal owner will run and operate the business, although, we do have multi-unit operators in the system as well.

Sound like you? Interested? Fill out the form today!


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