Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin
Products & Services: Bagels, sandwiches, muffins, coffee, smoothies
Number of Locations: 96
Total Investment: $274.35K – 381.52K
Began Franchising: 1993
About Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin
Big Apple Bagels was founded in Deerfield, Illinois in 1993. In addition to bagels, the restaurant’s menu includes muffins, omelets, coffee, sandwiches, salads and soups.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $274,345 – $381,530
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $350,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
20% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 15. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (80% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 4 days. At franchisee’s location: 8-15 days. Additional training as needed
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: In-store POP materials
Franchise 500®: #433 (2013), #420 (2012), #412 (2011), #452 (2010), #369 (2009),
Big Apple Bagels is an American franchised chain of bakery-cafes based in Deerfield, Illinois. Coffee, along with a variety of other related products are sold. The products are sold as three different brands: Big Apple Bagels, Brewster’s Coffee, and My Favorite Muffin.
2003 Entrepreneur Magazine “Franchise 500″
2005 Entrepreneur Magazine “Best of the Best" Top Franchises
2010 GI Jobs, “Military Friendly Franchise"
2011 Restaurant Business Magazine “Top Future 50″ Franchises
BAB, Inc. (OTCQB: BABB), the parent company of Big Apple Bagels, has 98 franchised a 6 licensed stores. Big Apple Bagels was started by Paul Stolzer in October 1993. BAB completed its initial public offering November 27, 1995. BAB, Inc. has been a fundraiser of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundations since 2010.
Products available include sandwiches, soup, salads, bakery products, such as muffins and bagels, coffee, smoothies, frozen yogurt and pizza. There is also a line of breakfast sandwiches.
BAB, Inc. was formed to operate and franchise Big Apple Bagels locations. It expanded with a series of acquisitions.
1996- Brewster’s Coffee
1996- Strathmore Bagels
1996- Bagels Unlimited Inc.
1996- Danville Bagels, Inc. 
1997- My Favorite Muffin
1999- Jacobs Bros. Bagels
In addition to these acquisitions, in 2012 the company developed the SweetDuet Frozen Yogurt & Gourmet Muffin concept. This concept is meant to fuze self-serve frozen yogurt with My Favorite Muffin gourmet muffins.