House of Bread


House of Bread is a bakery cafe concept. We focus on using the finest ingredients to produce the most delicious and nutritious bakery cafe items. The factors that are attributable to the success of the concept are excellent product quality and customer service provided in a convenient retail setting. A "fresh" message is naturally conveyed by the open production site, the sweet smell of bakery goods and the enjoyment of samples of hot bread out of the oven. Since 1996, we have been baking bread the way Grandma made it by hand, fresh, and naturally.

Our lunch offerings carry the same standard of high quality natural ingredients to produce the same great taste guarantee. We use Boars Head meats for our deli partner and Equal Exchange fair trade organic as the coffee supplier. In August of 2009, we have opened up our new prototype bakery café that has a smaller footprint of 1050 sq.ft. This allows us to go into higher rent districts and reduce the cost of the build out.

Location Selection

The demographic area for a House of Bread Bakery should be a town with a population of at least 40,000 people within the city limits or an area with over 80,000 people within a five mile radius.


Total initial startup costs are approximately $250,000, which can vary depending upon whether new or used equipment is purchased. Also included is the franchise fee, travel, training, location selection, site build out, point-of-sale information system, equipment purchase, initial supplies and ingredients, organizational expenses, signage, pre-opening promotion and working capital. We do not provide direct financing. However, we do provide assistance with financial projections, business plan designs, and lender negotiations.


Year Established: 1996
Year First Franchised: 2000
Franchised Units: 1-10
Actual number of units: 8
Company Owned Units: 1
Projected New Units (12 months): 3

States referrals are accepted in:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Utah
  • Washington

Avail. in Canada: Masters/Area Developer: No


Registered: CA and WA. Looking to grow through out the United States and would consider international candidates for multiple units only.


Financial / Terms

Cash Investment: $125,000
Minimum Investment: $125,000
Minimum Net Worth: $400,000
Franchise Fee: $32,000

Royalty: 6%
Average # of Employees: 8
Passive Ownership Allowed: Yes
Earnings Claims: No


Cash Investment: Single $125K / Multiple $150K

Total Investment: $193K - $349K

Franchise Fee: $32K for 1st one / $16K for second and $8k for third units

Royalty: 6%, 5% after sales level of $500k

Passive Ownership: No, not the first year. Yes, for 2nd year


Franchise Sales

Single Unit: Yes
Multiple Units: Yes
Area/Master Developer: No
Resales: Yes


International Expansion

International Expansion Opportunities: No
Single Unit Availability Outside U.S.: No
Multiple Unit Availability Outside U.S.: No
Area Development or Master Avail.: No


Support & Training Provided

Financial Assistance Provided:Yes
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Co-operative Advertising: Yes

Support & Training Provided
Financial Assistance Provided: Yes
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Co-operative Advertising: Yes


Three weeks minimum with Corporate/ One Week at a Franchisee's Bakery

House of Bread Franchising promises to provide franchisees with all the tools they will need to start their own House of Bread Bakery Cafe and will continue to support them after the store opens. We will provide technical assistance in the following areas:

Bakery Cafe location selection with demographic requirements and recommendations

Store layout

Ability to secure a state-of-the-art point-of-sale information system specifically designed for House of Bread Bakery Cafe

Equipment procurement sources, new and used

Detailed equipment and supplies list
Owner training at House of Bread Cafe and in your store

Employee training materials and schedules

Operational control systems including employee handling recommendations, register controls, product pricing guidelines and production trouble shooting techniques

Use of the House of Bread accounting, billing and payroll systems

Advertising and promotion formats
Publicity suggestions

Proven recipes and production schedules

Wholesale strategies and systems


Get Started!

Freddy O'Pry

Franchise Development