Great Harvest Franchise

Bread bakery

Pete Wakeman had been baking bread most of his life. As a child, he would help his aunt. In high school, he baked for his friends. During summer vacations, he sold bread from the roadside. In 1976, when Wakeman heard about a bakery in Great Falls, Montana, that was going under, he bought it. With the help of his wife, Laura, Wakeman established the Great Harvest Bread Co. and set about baking loaves for people in the Great Falls community. Soon, people from neighboring communities starting asking about setting up their own Great Harvest locations. The first franchise opened in Kalispell, Montana. In 1983, the Wakemans converted their Great Falls bakery into a franchise and moved company headquarters to Dillon, Montana, so they could concentrate on the franchising end of their business. Great Harvest bakeries serve a variety of breads each day including honey whole wheat, white cheddar garlic, sunflower and cranberry orange.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Great Harvest
bakery cafe franchise in a “Hub” location is $144,100 to $704,873. This
includes $35,000 that must be paid to the franchisor or affiliate.
total investment necessary to begin operation of a Great Harvest bakery
cafe franchise in a “Spoke” location is $69,613 to $447,536. This
includes $15,000 that must be paid to the franchisor or affiliate.
you want development rights, you must pay the franchisor a development
fee equal to the full initial franchise fee for the first bakery cafe
($35,000) plus a deposit of $7,500 (of the $15,000 initial franchise
fee) for each additional bakery cafe you agree to develop. The total
investment necessary to begin operation if you acquire development
rights is $151,600 to $712,373. This includes $42,500 that must be paid
to the franchisor or affiliate.
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How much does it cost to open a Great Harvest Franchise?

The investment required to open a Great Harvest Franchise is between $69,613-$704,873. There is an initial franchise fee of $35,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Great Harvest name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
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When did the first Great Harvest open? 1976
When did Great Harvest start Franchising? 1978

United States: Nationwide

International: Worldwide

Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No Yes
Startup Costs No Yes
Equipment No Yes
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

Other Financing Source(s): SBA and conventional loans

On-The-Job Training: 120 hours
Classroom Training: 120 hours
Additional Training: When necessary

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Email marketing
Loyalty program/app

10% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 5 - 7

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • General business experience

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Great Harvest Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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    Great Harvest Franchising Inc.
    28 S. Montana St.
    Dillon, MT


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