Food franchises on lookout for partners in Grafton
TWO of Australia's most successful food franchises are looking to make their move into the Clarence Valley market, but there is a catch.
Neither of them will commit to doing so until they find a partner to run the stores.
Boost Juice and Hog's Breath Cafe have both expressed an interest in finding local franchisees to operate in Grafton this year, with Boost Juice planning to set up a pop-up stall at Grafton Shoppingworld today from 10am-5pm to answer any questions interested parties may have.
Boost Juice franchise recruitment consultant Caitlin O'Connor said they had already received some interest from the community but were hoping to squeeze some more excitement.
She said Grafton Shoppingworld was a place that ticked all their boxes.
"We do have quite a big regional push and have opened quite a few stores recently so Grafton is one of the next places on our radar," she said.
"The majority of stores are franchisee-owned, so I'm not sure what we would do if we don't find someone, but we would definitely prefer someone local. There is no background or prerequisites required; we just really want people that love our brand and products and have a really good attitude."
Then there's the cost.
A Boost franchise will set you back between $260,000-320,000, the franchise guru said.
"That would include fit out and three weeks' training, so applicants would walk into the store ready to go."
Meanwhile, a Hog's Breath Cafe may be just what the area needs after the recent exit of popular Indian restaurant Cafe Saffron from The Courtyard at Grafton Shoppingworld, leaving Teppan Mate standing among three empty shopfronts. Last year Pizza Capers was forced to close after they were unable to find a suitable franchise partner to run their store.
Grafton Shoppingworld management declined to comment on store developments.