Bruegger's Franchise

Bagels, breads, sandwiches, soups, salads

When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell started Bruegger's in 1983, they actually founded the retail bagel concept. Up until that point, bagels were considered mostly an ethnic food and were not known much outside of New York. At that time, less than one-third of Americans had ever tasted a bagel.

From their home base in Burlington, Vermont, Brue and Dressell pioneered a new concept that expanded the traditional bagel bakery into a quick service bakery with premium specialty cream cheeses, custom-made sandwiches, signature soups and exceptional coffee. They worked with a professional bagel baker from New York City for 2 1/2 years to perfect their recipe and baking process.

In 2004, Bruegger's welcomed new ownership and expanded beyond bagels into breads, wraps and other lunchtime menu items, and began updating bakeries to reflect the welcoming feel of a New England farmhouse-inspired bakery-cafe that Bruegger's has evolved into.

Today, almost 40 years after the first Bruegger's opened in Troy, New York, there are almost 300 Bruegger's locations throughout the U.S., with more on the way.

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How much does it cost to open a Bruegger's Franchise?

The investment required to open a Bruegger's Franchise is between $389,600-$591,600. There is an initial franchise fee of $30,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Bruegger's name.

Individual Unit Costs

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  • Term of Agreement:
    10 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    25% of then-current franchise fee

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Bruegger's News & Press Releases

When did the first Bruegger's open? 1983
When did Bruegger's start Franchising? 1993

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2012 105 0 0 196
2005 110 0 0 134
2004 112 0 0 130
2003 118 0 0 127
2002 120 0 0 130
2001 255 0 0 3

United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia,

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

Grand opening, Field operations/evaluations

Ad slicks, Regional advertising

Franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 95% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (66% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • Industry experience

  • Your income potential as a Bruegger's Franchise entrepreneur depends vastly on many factors. As an entrepreneur, the goals to achieve are related to expanding sales while lowering your operation costs and increasing the quality of your products and or services. Each month your operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage / rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items. From one month to the next, you may find your costs fluctuate, but your up-front costs are, for the most part, fixed and they will cover most of the initial setup of equipment, signage and renovations.

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