Sandwich Shops – State of the Market in 2018

03/02/2019 13:00 | Start a business

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Fast food has always been franchising’s forte. However, few types of food have proven as popular as the humble sandwich. Here, we examine the state of the sandwich industry in 2019 and take a look at five exciting franchising opportunities.

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Subway is the most widespread restaurant franchise in operation and one of the most recognisable brands in the world. With more than 44,500 restaurants spread across 112 different countries, it’s achieved global success despite its humble beginnings. Founded in 1965 with a start-up fund of just $1,000, Subway has been through half a century of radical change and enormous growth, emerging as one of the biggest chains in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry.

If you’re considering becoming a Subway franchisee, you’ll need to make a total investment of £200,000. Though this is considerably more than many other franchises, it’s important to remember that you’re paying for access to one of the most successful franchise models in the history of the system.

Eligible franchisees should also be able to borrow between 50 and 70 percent of the amount required from one of the many major lenders who are willing to support Subway franchisees.

In return for this investment, franchisees will be provided with everything they need to make the Subway franchise an unqualified success. Two weeks of high-quality, in-depth training are followed by on-going support and numerous educational opportunities. Subway will also assist franchisees in finding a location, fitting out the premises, and launching their restaurant.

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Baguette Express

If you're looking for a more affordable sandwich franchise that still aims to compete with the big names, Baguette Express may be the perfect choice. Established in 1999, the franchise focuses on bringing healthy fast food to customers across the country. Baguette Express allows customers to create their own sandwiches and mix and match fillings to their heart's content. This sets it apart from other sandwich companies, which typically offer a limited range of sandwiches.

Franchisees will need to make an initial cash investment of somewhere between £20,000 and £35,000 to be granted their own unit. A Baguette Express franchise will, on average, set you back around £60,000. However, costs could reach £100,000 depending on the location and size of the restaurant, as well as the type of franchise package purchased.

All franchisees are enrolled in a two-week training programme, which covers everything needed to run a Baguette Express, including information about the franchise's unique business model and its award-winning menu. Assistance with setting up and launching the store is also available.

Wrap It Up!

While wraps may not technically be sandwiches, they're competing for the same market share. Wrap It Up! offers franchisees a unique opportunity to try something a little different and bring a healthy, fashionable street food to customers across the UK. The franchise emphasises the fact that it offers a unique product that is distinguishable from the vast majority of sandwich businesses already in existence.

If you want to challenge the dominance of traditional sandwiches by becoming a Wrap It Up! franchisee, you'll need to raise a total investment of approximately £120,000. As there are only 17 existing Wrap It Up! restaurants, you'll be amongst the first wave of franchisees working to expand the chain beyond London.

For a relatively new franchise, Wrap It Up! has developed a comparatively strong franchise support system that helps to prepare franchisees for the role. A two-day training scheme is supplemented by on-going training opportunities and continuous support and guidance from the franchise headquarters. Franchisees will also benefit from an excellent marketing strategy and high brand visibility.

Bagel Corner

Next, we come to something completely different - the bagel. Founded in France, in 2010, Bagel Corner has attempted to fill a gap in the QSR market by serving up tasty bagels - along with salads and soups - to customers across the continent. The franchise utilises an innovative system that enables customers to order online and collect in-store, an approach that makes it one of the most forward-thinking businesses in the industry.

As well as regular franchisees, Bagel Corner is looking for a master franchisee for the UK market. This requires an investment of somewhere between £400,000 and £500,000. The master franchisee will ultimately be able to licence sub-franchises and direct the growth of the franchise in the UK, after a ten-day training programme and on-going support.

The Bagel Corner model supports three types of outlet – restaurants, shop-in-shop locations, and takeaway kiosks – which gives investors a great deal of flexibility when it comes to expanding the franchise network.


Finally, something a little different. Launched in 2003, Jasper’s Catering Services provides food for corporate meetings, training sessions, lunches and events, offering buffet options including sandwiches, rolls and wraps, as well as cheese boards, finger foods with dips, hot meals like fajitas, curry and chili con carne, and even desserts like cakes, flapjacks and fruit skewers.

Franchisees ensure that all food is prepared in local commercial business units, before it is transported in a branded, refrigerated van. With a minimum investment of £42,500 and a total investment of around £140,000, franchisees gain access to a 16-week training programme. In a tempting offer for franchisees, Jasper’s helps to find and secure the commercial base for food preparation, and local social media platforms are set up and maintained for the first year of the franchise on behalf of the franchisee. As a result of sustained support from the company, franchisees can build on an established and successful business model and expect to generate a £3,000 weekly turnover by week six.

The sandwich industry is a diverse and exciting sector, where competition is fierce, and there are always new businesses emerging. We've tried to reflect this diversity by looking at established, big-name brands as well as smaller businesses, and traditional sandwich makers as well as vendors of alternative products. All five of the sandwich shops listed above are excellent investment opportunities just waiting for the right applicant.

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