Franchise Opportunities

A Company Ready to Expand!

At Bagel Dock Express, our passion is to redefine breakfast across America, starting with our local communities. Our franchise model is designed to empower our partners with profitability and flexibility, so they can enjoy moments like picking up the kids and having dinner with family.

Our pride lies in our daily fresh baked bagels, crafted with care using time-honored East Coast recipes and techniques.

From comforting breakfast twists on classic bagels to delicious lunch options, our menu strikes the perfect balance between innovation and familiarity. Everything is prepared fresh from clean ingredients and made-to-order, ensuring our customers enjoy a memorable meal.

We’re not just about serving breakfast; we’re about bringing the authentic taste of East Coast bagels nationwide. It’s our commitment to quality, freshness, and customer service that sets us apart and defines the Bagel Dock Express experience.

Franchisee Matching Process

We refer to our process as a “matching process” because both parties need to get to know one another over a period of time in order to decide if there’s a “match”. The Bagel Dock Express business model is a fun and exciting opportunity, but it’s not right for everyone nor is everyone right for it. Our 6-step matching process is key for a successful, long-term partnership.


Let’s Get Acquainted

After you have filled out the Let’s Get Acquainted form, we will schedule an initial phone call. Based on our conversation – we will determine if we should continue the conversation, where we will provide you with additional information on the concept, business operations, locations, demographics, and start-up costs.


Request for Consideration

Following receipt of your in-depth Request for Consideration AND preliminary approval, we will schedule a concept compatibility call.


Concept Compatibility Call

The Concept Compatibility call will begin with a courtesy invitation for your spouse or supportive decision-maker. During this 30-45 minute call, we will focus on Bagel Dock Express’ core values and vision. Based on our conversation – we will mutually determine if our core values align.


Mutual Expectations Call

During this 30-45 minute teleconference call, our team will collaborate to deliver a complete overview of all marketing, training and support programs. Depending on the level of business expertise, some candidates will be scheduled to attend a start-up workshop conference call.


Start-Up Workshop Call

This 30-45 minute teleconference call is an opportunity for you to discuss the start-up process and how to open safely and creatively under budget.

In this workshop, our CEO will guide candidates through the initial franchise fee and other startup costs.


Discovery Day

After completing the “Mutual Expectation” call and “Start-Up Workshop” call, our candidate will be invited to attend a regional certified Discovery Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon receipt of your Request for Consideration, our executive team will review any questions or comments regarding your background and local market.

Including the initial fee of $34,500, your total investment can range from $275,000 to $499,750*, provided you negotiate within the startup recommendations. Bagel Dock Express offers an area development program with the initial franchise fee for the first restaurant at $34,500, the fee for two restaurants at $59,000, and the fee for three at $75,000. Each restaurant after the third is at the price of $25,000. The total maximum number of franchise restaurants permitted under the Area Development Agreement is negotiated and dependent upon the territory requested.

* These costs will vary from individual decision-making related to location, buildout, equipment, and marketing.

Bagel Dock Express has approved third-party strategic partners that will provide a full range of financial products, including but not limited to: SBA and Conventional Loans, 401K Rollover, Furniture, Fixture and Equipment Leasing, and Working Capital.
Upon final approval of your Bagel Dock Express franchise, we will activate our approved third-party national real estate team to provide detailed site searches, financial negotiations, and preparation of your letter of intent, at which time you will retain your own attorney to finalize your lease contracts.

Typically, we prefer our locations to be efficient in size from 1800-2,200 square feet. We have the flexibility to locate our restaurants in a neighborhood or luxury shopping centers based on our unique menu offerings and average check size.

Bagel Dock Express is a community based concept that is well accepted in the following markets: rural, medium, metro, and major-metro. We appeal to a broad demographic, including white and blue collar, and all ages and ethnicities.
Our franchisees will attend and complete our Franchisee Certification Training at Bagel Dock Express headquarters. The time period will vary based on the most current and evolving training itinerary to maximize the understanding and management of our business model.
We will provide Grand Opening and on-site training to you and your initial staff. This training will include the technical aspects of operating your restaurant, including but not limited to: operations, procedures, inventory, grand opening, and product preparation.
Absolutely not! Our core values are that our partners are enjoying the balance of spending time with their family and children throughout the week. Franchisees have the flexibility to be Owner Operators, Manage-the-Manager, or Husband/Wife teams sharing the day-to-day management duties.

Our secret at Bagel Dock Express is a personal lifestyle investment that offers our franchisees the opportunity to be in the restaurant industry with three dominating characteristics – its affordable startup costs, its limited hours, and its special niche in the breakfast and lunch category. We blend the highest customer value proposition with our menu offerings and pricing strategy.

Absolutely not! If you’re gainfully employed, our business model has been designed for you to supplement, transition, replace, or completely break away. Our Husband/Wife teams and Owner Operators will enjoy paying themselves for the hours and/or a salary that they would otherwise be paying their staff. This increases our owners’ discretionary cash flow from the business.

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