Panera Bread Franchise for Sale - Bakery-Cafe

Panera Bread Franchise Opportunities

The philosophy of Panera Bread franchise is to sell fresh food in a friendly atmosphere of cafes. The menu of our cafes include panni sandwiches and bread baked from whole grain and seasonal flavors, dishes with meat of animals grown without antibiotics and other healthy food. Since 1987, when the brand was founded, it has grown to 2115 units and the chain continuous to offer Panera Bread bakery cafe franchises for sale in the US and Canada. The success of our chain is due to our smart franchise family committed to provide high quality product and services. Our franchisees receive favourable conditions for running their business including reasonable franchise cost & fees and trainings.

How to open the Panera Bread franchise?

  1. Ensure you have adequate capitalization.
    In order to open a Panera Bread bakery-cafe franchise, you must have a net worth of more than $7,500,000 because the company does not sell single-unit franchises. You need to open typically 15 bakery-cafes in a period of 6 years.
  2. Appreciate the investment required for a bakery-cafes franchise.
    You will need to consider real estate costs, the cost of equipment and signs, the costs of licenses and permits, the cost of uniforms, the cost of insurance, etc.
  3. Evaluate your prior experience and strengths.
    You should thoroughly evaluate your prior business experience before applying to become an Panera Bread bakery & donut franchise owner. You should have experience as a multi-unit restaurant operator.
  4. Assess market availability.
    You will want to look at the market availability for Panera Bread franchises and see if there are available markets in your location of interest before proceeding with the franchising application.
  5. Submit your application.
    Your application will be reviewed by the Panera Bread franchise team. You will be emailed a confirmation receipt upon reception of your online application, where we will additionally provide the contact details of the franchise owner.
  6. Receive approval & opening your Panera Bread franchise.
    You will receive franchise approval once your financial and background checks are completed. Approval will only be given to candidates who meet all the requirements of franchise owners.

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How much does the Panera Bread franchise cost?

Panera Bread has the franchise fee of up to $35,000, with a total initial investment range of $942,200 - $1,600,000.

Net-worth Requirement: $7,500,000
Liquid Cash Requirement: $3,000,000

Panera Bread Initial Investment

Initial Investment: $942,200 - $1,600,000.

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee: $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Ad Royalty Fee: Varies

Panera Bread franchise

Are you interested in starting a Panera Bread Franchise in the USA, Canada, or another country?

We provide estimated franchise costs for some countries:

  • - In the United States, the total investment to start the Panera Bread bakery-cafe is around $942,200 to $1,600,000.
  • - In Canadian currency, the investment comes around Can$ 1,170,000 to Can$ 1,985,000.

Support Options

On-The-Job Training: Varies
Classroom Training: 8-12 weeks
Additional Training: Baker training
Number of Employees Required to Run: 40 - 60

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