House of Bread

Owning a House of Bread Bakery Cafe is a feel good, positive way to make a living. There is a certain amount of pride developed when working for yourself providing excellent products and customer service to your beloved customers. We are a small franchise company that deliver outstanding personal support to our family of franchisees. Our state of the art information system, allows us to work together to build sales, while controlling costs.

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What Does a House of Bread Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with House of Bread, you'll need to have at least $150,000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $400,000. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of $250,000 - $350,000. They also offer financing via 3rd party. *

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Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$150,000
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Net Worth:$400,000
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Total Investment:$250,000 - $350,000
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Options available to Franchisees:
Financing:Via 3rd party

Franchisor Details

Facts about this Franchise:
Total Units:7 and 2 more sold
Home Office: San Luis Obispo, CA
Year Founded:1996
Franchising Since:2003

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The House of Bread Bakery Café Story

A Bit of History

Our Founder, Sheila McCann in 1996 traded in her trial attorney suit for a House of Bread apron in order to pursue a more positive career. Her goal was to develop a business that benefited both her and her community, scratch baked fresh bread like her beloved grandma used to make was impossible to find in the local grocery store. Sheila’s research found, to no great surprise, that Bread was one of the most purchased food items in the American pantry. That’s what set Sheila’s dream of recreating the Bread from her childhood into motion and the House of Bread was born; an inviting, naturally wholesome Bakery Café offering the freshest and tastiest products available.

21 Years Later

The House of Bread Bakery Café’s customers continue to enjoy and appreciate having a business in their community that offers real, honest, quality food for themselves and their families. A House of Bread Franchise is also a business that owners can feel good about; knowing their income is generated from products that are truly healthy for people is very satisfying. Please understand that owning a House of Bread Bakery Café takes work, but owning and operating your own business is special and for many is part of the American Dream. Working hard takes on a whole different feeling when you know it’s your business and the rewards from all your time and effort get to be enjoyed by you and your family. There’s also something very satisfying about building a business with a positive culture that offers employment opportunities to residents in your community.

Why A House of Bread Franchise?

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.

Ideal Candidate

We're looking for franchise owners who enjoy being a part of their community by providing a truly quality product with excellent customer service. We look for a person with a positive can do attitude, who can build relationships, lead a team, and who has the motivation to excel! You must have a minimum of $150k in liquid capital, and be ready to make a full-time commitment for the first year. Afterwards, the owners may hire a full time manager. Having baking experience at home or commercially is not necessary, we train the owners on all phases of the business from baking to customer service. We do not want the owners to be the bakers, but rather the person working on their business, not necessarily in it.

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House of Bread is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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