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For Cora, the franchising adventure started in 1993. Today, more than 130 restaurants are part of the network, coast to coast.

A specialized breakfast and lunch restaurant, serving home-style unique gourmet meals the whole family will enjoy. Open typically from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, the Cora concept offers a balance between your business and personal life. The chain is operated across Canada under the Cora Déjeuners et dîners and Cora Breakfast and Lunch trademarks.

 

 

As a Cora franchisee, you will benefit from:

  • a successful brand recognized as Canada’s number one Breakfast and Lunch chain
  • a proven, innovative business model that serves original, high-quality products
  • a concept with a proven transferable operating system designed to meet our rigorous standards
  • a privately owned enterprise operated by a team whose core values are integrity, enthusiasm and professionalism

Quick facts about Cora

Type of operations

Food service specialized in unique and creative breakfasts and lunches, created with high quality products. Typically open between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. 

Clientele 

Cora appeals to customers from all demographics.

First opening

May 1987

Number of franchises

More than 130 restaurants across Canada.  

Site criteria

An area of approximately 2,500 to 3,500 square feet, in a location that leverages a mix of commercial and industrial consumers, with ample parking.

Number of employees

Varies between 25 to 50 full and part-time employees per location.

Training

Five week training program (one week theoretical and four weeks in-store practical training).

Total investment

From $550,000 to $900,000, with a minimum of 40% in unencumbered equity, which includes the $45,000 franchise fee.

Ongoing Fees

  • Royalties: 6% of revenues
  • Advertising fund: 3% of revenues for national advertising

A complete franchise offering

If you’re awarded a franchise, you will receive ongoing support and guidance from our team of dedicated professionals.   With almost 30 years of expertise and processes we provide a strong foundation for your business.

 

 

A proven and unique concept

A family-oriented restaurant offering creative and tastefully crafted menu options. The strength of a corporate research and development team constantly renewing the network’s offering in response to consumer trends.

Site selection

Our experienced real estate/development team will assist you in selecting your site and negotiating your lease.

Training program

We provide franchisees with 5 weeks of theoretical and practical training. We support the restaurant with a team of trainers who are on site to help you and your staff.

Operational support

Our dedicated and experienced Operations team works with the franchisee to ensure respect of the Cora processes and high standards. Manuals covering all of the operating, marketing and management processes will be made available for your reference. 

Computer system

You will benefit from a customized computer system helping you operate your business, keep track of key metrics, inventory, schedules, etc.

We use a proprietary extranet information system which allows, through the Internet, automatic transfer and management of data. This system also offers online multimedia training. Using a touch screen, employees have access to online training related to their position in the restaurant. 

A highly engaged community

Cora restaurants are supported by a marketing team that provides local marketing programs tailored to the communities in which they are located. With an in-house graphic department and audiovisual specialists working full time, Cora’s sunny ways reach far and wide. Moreover, the highly engaged online community shows just how close the Cora brand is to customers’ hearts.

 

 

Available markets:

We are active in all provinces of Canada, and in particular, in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Here is a list of many of our market opportunities we can explore together with you :

Nova Scotia

  • Cape Breton

Quebec

  • Montreal (several areas)
  • Quebec
  • Abitibi
  • Beauce
  • Mascouche/Terrebonne
  • Rimouski
  • Ste-Julie
  • St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • Sept-Iles

Ontario

  • Toronto (several areas)
  • Bowmanville-Clarington
  • Brampton
  • Georgetown
  • Kingston
  • London
  • Niagara Falls
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Ottawa
  • Sarnia
  • Sault-Sainte-Marie
  • Thunder Bay

Manitoba

  • Brandon

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatoon

Alberta

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Medicine Hat

British Columbia

  • Vancouver (several areas)
  • Chilliwack
  • Delta
  • Maple Ridge
  • Nanaimo
  • New Westminster
  • Prince George
  • Saanich

FAQ

What ongoing support is given to a franchisee?

The Operations team provides ongoing support and training through restaurant visits and coaching. They ensure all Cora systems, specifications and standards are in place to drive consistent operations and profitable sales.

How long does it take to complete the approval process?

We have an in-depth franchisee approval process which takes into account many facets of the application including the following:

  • 2 interviews
  •  Personality assessment
  • References
  • Financial verification
  • Disclosure period
  • Collection of deposit
  • In-store workshop

The approval process itself will take a minimum of three months in order to complete the process.  The Franchise is granted based on Executive approval once this process is completed.

What happens after I am approved as a Cora franchisee?

Once a candidate is approved as a Cora franchisee, a franchise agreement is signed to confirm our relationship.  With the completion of the agreement, we then begin to coordinate selection of a site that best suits your needs, guided by our site selection criteria. Once a location is secured for you, and the store opening date is determined, we will schedule your training to coincide with the store opening timeline.

Does Cora provide financial assistance?

Cora does not provide financial assistance, but we will work with you to ensure your financial institution has the information they require to complete your loan application. Cora has a national franchise program with two Canadian banks.

What do you mean by unencumbered cash?

Unencumbered cash (either personal or combined through partnerships) is cash on hand, in a savings account, chequing account or GIC account, otherwise known as “liquid capital”.  Your assets must be in Canada and you must be able to provide appropriate documentation to substantiate all assets.

What do the franchise fees cover?

First and foremost, the franchise fees allow you the right to use the Cora brand name and operating system. It also covers the cost of research and development, site selection, lease negotiation and project management. 

Do I have to operate the restaurant myself?

We require franchisees to be owner/operators. You can consider an operating partner; however, you and/or the operating partner must participate in all stages of the franchisee approval process. Your operating partner is required to hold a minimum of 25% of shares within the operating company.

Who selects the site/location?

Cora has its own development department that locates and negotiates sites. We welcome all site suggestions, however they are subject to approval by our development department.

What are the criteria for a Cora restaurant site?

Restaurants are typically located in a market with a minimum population of 50,000 people, as well as possessing a square footage of approximately 2,500 to 3,500 sq ft.

What if I want to establish a Cora in the U.S. market?

The groundwork has been established, and we expect development soon in the Boston market with ongoing plans to expand in the US market.  

Request for additional information

We are seeking enthusiastic entrepreneurial individuals who have the potential to master our operating system and are willing to be trained to our rigorous standards. 

Ideal candidates will manage a top notch business with the mission of offering Cora guests exceptional quality food and service in a warm, family atmosphere. 

If you feel you have the passion and drive to become a Cora franchisee, we’d like to hear from you.

To learn more, contact our franchise department at franchising@chezcora.com or complete our online application below. 


Cora Franchise Group Inc.
2798 Thamesgate Drive, Unit 1
Mississauga, Ontario, L4T 4E8
Telephone: 905 673-2672
Toll free: 1 888 673-2672

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Franchises Cora inc.
16, rue Sicard, local 50
Sainte-Thérèse, Québec, J7E 3W7
Telephone: 450 435-2426
Toll free: 1 888 435-2426