Big Apple Bagels

  • BAB Systems, Inc.
500 Lake Cook Rd., # 475
Deerfield, IL 60015
  • (800) 251-6101 / (847) 948-7520
  • (847) 405-8140 (Fax)

Bakery-cafe featuring three brands, fresh-from-scratch Big Apple Bagels and My Favorite Muffin, and freshly roasted Brewster's specialty coffee. Our product offering covers many day parts with a delicious assortment of made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, espresso beverages, and fruit smoothies. Franchisees can develop beyond their stores with corporate catering and gift basket opportunities, as well as wholesaling opportunities within their market area.

Franchisor Background

Year Established: 1992

Franchising Since: 2003

Operating Units

Franchised Units 84 100.0%
Company-Owned Units 0 0.0%
Total Operating Units 84 100%

Geographic Distribution

USA 84 98.8% In 26 States
Canada 0 0.0% In 0 Provinces
International 1 1.2% In 2 Foreign Countries
Total 85 100%

Multi-Unit Operators

Multi-Unit Operators N/A
Franchises Owned by Multi-Unit Operators N/A

North American Unit Density

Density Units
Michigan 24
Wisconsin 12
Colorado 6

Registered in the following Registration States

California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

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Support and Training

General Information

IFA Member No
CFA Member No
Franchisee Association? No
Size of Corporate Staff 14
Site Selection
Lease Negotiation Assistance Yes
Financial Assistance No

Marketing Support

Co-Op Advertising No
National Advertising No
Regional Advertising Yes
Local Advertising Yes

Ongoing Support

Central Data Processing N/A
Central Purchasing N/A
Field Operation Evaluation Included
Field Training Included
Initial Store Opening Included
Inventory Control Included
Franchisee Newsletter Included
Regional or National Meetings Included
800 Telephone Hotline Included


IL and MI Varies 3-10 Days
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Financial Requirements


Minimum Net Worth $300K
Cash Investment $100K
Total Investment $277.8-394.2K
Average Total Investment $336K


Initial Franchise Fee $25K
Average Franchise Fee N/A
On-Going Royalty 5%
Average Royalty 5%
Advertising Fee 3%

Site Information and Requirements

Average Number of Full-Time Employees 3
Average Number of Part-Time Employees 11
Space Needs (in square feet) 1,600-1,900
Preferred Site Types Strip Center
Encourages Conversions Yes
Item 19 (Earnings Claim) Provided? Yes
Listed in the SBA Registry? Yes
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Franchisee Qualifications

Financial Net Worth 3
General Business Experience 4
Specific Industry Experience 3
Formal Education 3
Psychological Profile 3
Personal Interviews 5
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Terms of Contract

Term of Initial Contract 10
Term of Renewal Period 10
Passive Ownership? Allowed
Area Development
Franchisees Allowed to Expand Within Territory? Yes
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Expansion Plans

Projected New Units Over Next 12 Months 8
USA Yes, All United States
Canada Yes, All Canada
Overseas Yes, All Countries
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