Greek food is becoming increasingly popular here in the UK; it’s tasty, healthy and often easy to eat on the go. Putting your money into a Greek food franchise could be a savvy business move, so let’s take a look at some of the best businesses looking for investors.
As the UK food scene becomes ever more diverse, British people are constantly being introduced to new and exciting flavours. For the increasingly time-strapped Brit, Greek food represents a quick and healthy alternative to other high street choices. But there’s a multitude of reasons why a Greek food franchise is likely to be popular.
Reasons to invest in a Greek food franchise
You can offer different services – Greek cuisine comprises sit-down meals, as well as smaller wraps and snacks to be eaten on the go. By joining a Greek food franchise, you could maximise your income by catering for different occasions.
- People want to try Greek food – Research shows Greek is the third highest ranked food when it comes to the cuisine consumers would most like to try. It was only topped by Caribbean and Thai food.
- Greece has an interesting food culture – Greeks savour their food, gathering as a family at home or in a local taverna for several hours. This focus on the social aspect of eating shines through in many of the Greek food franchises in the UK today, appealing to British consumers.
- Greek cuisine offers healthy food options – Traditional Greek food is served with a side salad and includes a range of vegetables and nuts. British and American fast food brands have often struggled to establish themselves in Greece, where the locals prefer their food fresh and served with vegetables. But with the UK’s growing interest in healthy food options, Greek food franchises should be popular.
- The Greek diet is varied, so there’s lots for customers to try – Lots of Greek dishes are influenced by Italian cuisine, with tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. But there are also many new and exciting food options to sample, from offal, such as animal hearts, brains and eyeballs, to spanakopita (spinach pie) and baklava (sweet, nutty pastry). Greeks also love sweet treats at special occasions. Melomakarona (honey and walnut cookies) and kourabiethes (almond sugar cookies) are often eaten at Christmas.
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Greek food franchises
Kalamaki Street Greek
This casual Greek restaurant is keen to honour traditional souvlaki joints in Greece but with a modern spin.
- Becoming a Kalamaki Street Greek franchisee: When you join this franchise, you’ll provide customers with delicious, reasonably priced Greek dishes. All Kalamaki’s food products are fresh and its marinated meats are chargrilled for an authentic taste.
- How much you need to invest: Franchisees should have access to a minimum of £120,000 in capital.
- What you get for your investment: When you become a franchisee, you will take part in a comprehensive training programme so you are confident with all aspects of the brand’s business model. You’ll also get help with site selection, store design, promotion and much more.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many Greek food franchises operating in the UK, so the next four options are ideal for investors who want to start a business in the US.
Nick The Greek
This Greek food franchise operates a quick-service concept that customers already love. Nick The Greek offers traditional cuisine at a great price but doesn’t compromise on quality.
- Becoming a Nick The Greek franchisee: There are numerous revenue streams you can take advantage of as a franchisee. You could offer eat-in, take-out and delivery dining options, as well as catering for corporate clients, parties and other events. You’ll also welcome hungry customers for lunch, dinner and late-night feasts.
- How much you need to invest: The total investment is between $349,737 and $523,800 for a single location.
- What you get for your investment: You’re supported every step of the way with a Nick The Greek franchise unit. This includes help with site selection, pre-launch guidance, marketing support and being provided with an operations manual.
The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill
This Greek food franchise has restaurants across America, in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada and Texas. It’s now looking for franchisees as well as master franchisees, so you have the option of running several units if you fancy a challenge.
- Becoming a The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchisee: You’ll benefit from the business’s 30 years of hospitality experience, offering family-friendly dining and fresh, high-quality dishes.
- How much you need to invest: A $39,500 franchise fee and a minimum investment of $150,000 is required to join this franchise.
- What you get for your investment: Once you’re on board, you’ll get access to the company’s training programme, which offers guidance on site location, fit-out, staff training and marketing.
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Tazikis Café provides Greek food across the US, from Oklahoma to Virginia, and Ohio to Florida. The brand is passionate about the authenticity of its food and prefers not to have walls between the kitchen and the dining area so customers can see their dishes being prepared.
- Becoming a Tazikis Café franchisee: As an investor in this business, you’ll benefit from its online ordering platform, customer reward programme and takeaway, delivery and catering options. These factors make Tazikis Café popular among US consumers. A new Tazikis Café branch requires a site of 2,500-3,000 square feet, which can seat 80-100 customers, as well as 30+ square feet of outdoor space.
- How much you need to invest: Investors should be able to make an investment of between $318,000 and $821,000.
- What you get for your investment: Franchisees will receive training and support with site selection, accounting, marketing and new technologies.
This Greek fast food restaurant opened its doors in 2010 with the aim of closing the gap in the fast-casual Mediterranean cuisine market. All its meat is certified Halal and the business only uses fresh ingredients and homemade sauces.
- Becoming a Gyroville franchisee: You’ll open a fast-casual food business where customers see their food being prepared in open kitchens. You can also benefit from the franchisor’s 25 years of industry experience, helping you develop a thriving franchise unit.
- How much you need to invest: You can become a Gyroville franchisee for as little as $250,000.
- What you get for your investment: As a franchisee, you’ll be able to take part in an extensive training scheme, starting with a three-week Manager Certification Programme for Owner/Operators and General Managers. You’ll also get help with site selection, compliance, inventory, staff training and marketing.
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We don’t have any Greek food franchises on our books at the moment, but we do offer a large selection of other food franchises that are currently looking for investors. Browse our website and use our geo-localised search engine to find the best opportunities across the UK.
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©