While many breakfast, dessert and snack franchises exist in the food industry – from bagels to donuts to croissants to cakes to cookies and more – My Favorite Muffin® is the only gourmet muffin-focused franchise concept. Other franchises sell muffins, but most do not put the muffin center stage.
My Favorite Muffin began as a franchise concept 35 years ago. Currently there are 17 of its Your All Day Bakery Café locations and one early version of its newly launching Gourmet Muffin Bakery concept. The Cafés offer a wider variety of products, including breakfast and lunch sandwiches, for customers looking for menu options beyond gourmet baked goods. With a quality product, simple business model, plenty of available territories, and a strong leadership team, franchise candidates can feel comfortable knowing they are getting into a business that is geared toward their success.
Just as the concept is unique, the company prides itself on being selective with prospective franchisees who are looking to run a business of their own. Several characteristics factor into the brand’s decision to work with a prospective franchisee, but the primary message is simple: great franchisees provide great customer service.
“Overall, we want someone who we believe will represent the brand well and will be able to develop relationships with their local community,” said Brian Evans, Franchise Development Lead for My Favorite Muffin. “There’s a sense of proactivity, leadership and a drive for success that each franchisee should possess.”
Here are five characteristics of an ideal My Favorite Muffin franchisee:
Solid Business Acumen
The ideal My Favorite Muffin franchise candidate should have an understanding of all aspects of the retail food business, including marketing as well as operations, and be able to provide a great customer experience.
A Proactive Nature
The franchise candidate should be someone who takes the initiative and executes, while still being able to take direction from the brand. This person does not wait for things to happen. Instead, they make things happen.
Stays True to the Company Mission and is Process-Oriented
Franchise candidates must demonstrate the ability to follow the process and understand the need to do so. Ideal candidates will be brand enthusiasts who want to implement the Franchisor’s system, not reinvent.
Candidates should believe that their success depends upon them. They take responsibility for the business and the outcome. Results are directly related to their personal level of commitment and how they execute. The difference between the best franchisees in the system and the bottom performers is how they effectuate the model.
Strong Leadership Background
The brand seeks franchise candidates who possess a well-rounded leadership background and thrive in a team environment. Evans noted that the ideal franchise candidate wants to lead and is able to build teams and take them to the next level while getting the most out of their people. The customer experience will be determined by how well employees provide the My Favorite Muffin experience. Ensuring their teams are focused and up to the challenge is critical to a franchisee’s success.
Ultimately, My Favorite Muffin stands out from similar one-product concepts because it lends itself to more recurring buying occasions such as breakfast, snacking, gifting, catering for residential and corporate events and more. Beyond this, it is the franchisees themselves who push the business forward and continue to drive the success and growth of the brand across the country.
Startup costs for a My Favorite Muffin Gourmet Muffin Bakery franchise range from $243,500 to $352,500 for a full store and $100,300 to $283,700 for a satellite store. For more information, visit https://www.myfavoritemuffinfranchising.com/